4 Cowboys who rescued Mike McCarthy from coaching disaster in win over Lions

The Dallas Cowboys made it tough on themselves but these four players willed them to a narrow win in Week 17

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1. Dak Prescott, Quarterback

This one was never going to be easy but for Dak Prescott, it was much harder than he hoped. Typically, the Cowboys quarterback can rely on the ground game to take some of the pressure off of him but that wasn't the case on Saturday night.

Tony Pollard simply had nowhere to run and finished with 49 yards on 16 carries. Most of that damage was done with two rushes as he had a long of 18 and another one that went for 10. That means Pollard gained 21 yards on the remaining 14 attempts. He also dropped a short pass that could have led to a huge gain.

Despite having to do all the heavy-lifting, Prescott didn't flinch. He dropped back and threw the ball 38 times and completed 26 of those passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns. He did have an interception but was able to overcome that and lead his team to the win.

What was most impressive was the drive he led to put his team on top for good. Detroit had all the momentum following a 63-yard drive that put them up 13-10 but Prescott answered with his best series of the night. He went 5-of-5 for 54 yards and added a five-yard run, capping the drive off with an eight-yard pass to Brandin Cooks.

Throughout this entire season, Prescott has been getting it done even when things around him get muddied. That was the case once again in Week 17 as he had to dig deep for Dallas to get win No. 11.

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