Cowboys studs and duds: Dak Prescott delivers in Wild Card win
By Randy Gurzi
Stud: Tony Pollard, Running Back
As has been the case throughout the season, Ezekiel Elliott got the start at running back and underwhelmed. Elliott ran a two-yard loss on his first attempt but once they gave him his rush, Tony Pollard was allowed to play.
Pollard immediately looked better as he had five yards on each of his first two runs. He then got the offense moving on their first scoring drive, going for 25 yards on four rushes before Prescott hit Dalton Schultz for a 22-yard touchdown.
Dallas continued to pour on the points and while they had over 300 yards passing, Pollard was the one who kept the defense honest. They could never truly sell out on the pass since he would gash them when given the chance.
Dud: Trevon Diggs, Cornerback
Trevon Diggs was matched up with Mike Evans for much of the night and while the defense as a whole was flying all over the place, he seemed uninterested at times — especially when it came to tackling.
Early in the game, Diggs missed a tackle on third and seven that would have forced a punt. On the same drive, he had a very uninspired tackle attempt on Mike Evans which allowed him to pick up another couple of yards after the catch.
Diggs never really turned it around. He wasn’t beaten terribly in the passing game but he just seemed off when it came to attacking the ball carrier.