Cowboys studs and duds: Dak Prescott delivers in Wild Card win

Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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Cowboys, Dalton Schultz
Cowboys, Dalton Schultz. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

Stud: Dalton Schultz, TE

With free agency pending, Dalton Schultz continues to make a case for a big contract. He was again a solid safety valve over the middle of the field for Dak Prescott and was on the receiving end of the first touchdown of the game.

Schultz was able to find a soft spot in between the linebacker and safety and Prescott laid it perfectly into his hands for a 22-yard score.

On their final drive before the half, Schultz advanced the ball to the 40 when he again found an opening in the seam and caught a 20-yard reception. For good measure, he capped that drive off with an 11-yard touchdown to give Dallas a three-score lead.

He ended up leading the team with 95 yards on seven receptions with two scores. He came up big every time he needed to and proved his worth on the biggest stage.

Dud: Brett Maher, Kicker

The Cowboys took a shot on Brett Maher this season and they weren’t disappointed. Maher, who struggled during his first stint in Dallas, hit on 90.6 percent of his field goals this season. The one hiccup was his three missed extra points, including the final one he tried in Week 18.

He really fell off in this one though as he missed as many kicks in the first half. Dallas had an 18-0 lead at intermission but it should have been 21-0 if not for Maher going wide on all three attempts.

Dallas scored again early in the third quarter and Maher’s woes continued. He ended up missing his fourth extra point of the night, this time hitting the top of the upright as it was just wide to the right. He did finally connect on his final attempt but this will go down as the worst game of his career.