Dak Prescott caps inconsistent season by breaking Romo’s TD record

Dak Prescott #4 and Tony Romo #9, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Dak Prescott #4 and Tony Romo #9, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

In a game where fans were unsure if Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott would even start (due to the potential of resting starters), he came out and showed what a franchise quarterback is capable of.

With 14 minutes and 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Prescott broke Tony Romo’s record for the most touchdown passes in a season by a Dallas Cowboy with 37 TDs. Romo had 36 touchdown passes for the 2007 season. It’s worth noting that Prescott missed Week 8 of the season, so he did have the same amount of games as Romo to achieve this feat despite this year being an 18-week schedule.

But, is it disrespectful to say this stat caught us off guard?

Cowboys fans, and NFL fans in general, are well aware that Prescott struggled for the bulk of the year. His own GM said he was in a slump just a few weeks back. Prescott had eight games this year with two touchdowns or less. Many fans, analysts, and media members were pointing the finger at Prescott when it came to the offensive slump.

But, tonight, we have to give hats off to the QB1, especially when he made the history in the same year he came back from a gruesome ankle injury.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott breaks Tony Romo’s single-season touchdown record for a Dallas Cowboy AND ties a Troy Aikman record

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said he wanted his starters to play to continue to get ready for the playoffs and gain momentum after a rough loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17. It seems Prescott was on board. Not only did he break Romo’s record, but he also tied Troy Aikman for 44 career games with a passer rating of 100.0 or better.

After winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 16, Prescott had another poor performance against the Cardinals just seven days later. He had a 63% completion percentage and gave up a fumble due to a lack of awareness. The QB1, along with the run game, struggled.

But this week, Prescott did another 180-degree turn. The Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee came out of the Week 18 matchup at the beginning of the fourth quarter with five passing touchdowns and a 151.8 passer rating.

Prescott hasn’t had a “complete” season. Fans expressed their clear frustration with his play for most of the year. Yet now, heading into the postseason, he’s thrown for over 4,000 yards on the year and is breaking organization records.

All we can say is that we hope the Dak Prescott that showed up in Week 18 is the Dak Prescott we see in the playoffs. No more Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.