The Cowboys quarterback admitted that the memory of the injury he suffered last year against the Giants influenced his slow start.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott admitted that the memory of the injury he suffered 364 days ago against the New York Giants played a role in his slow start. inside Sunday’s game, but his 49-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb in the second quarter brought him out of a “mental fog.”
Prescott finished with three touchdown passes and completed 22 of 32 passes for 302 yards. in a 44-20 victory against the Giants.
“I’m glad it’s over, I’m glad that happened and I think this was the final shovel to bury this issue,” Prescott said.
In the locker room after the game, he shared a hug with rehab director Britt Brown, who supervised his return from the compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle.
“He said, ‘I know what this means to you,’ and I said, ‘Thank you,'” Prescott said. “I told him I’m glad this is behind me. I don’t know why I was in a lapse, I guess, ‘brain fog’ at first,” Preskott described.
As much as I try, Prescott was unable to block the anniversary of the injury. He faced the same team, in the same stadium, the same week of the NFL season. He was intercepted on the Cowboys ‘first drive and fumbled at the New York 8-yard line on the Cowboys’ third drive, stopping a scoring opportunity.
“As much as I tried to put it aside, as much as I tried not to think about it, I think it’s natural for me to do it, right?” Prescott said. “And it’s in your head, unconsciously or not. Yeah, I’d say I didn’t feel as energetic or like myself at the beginning of the game. I don’t know if that played a role in it or not, but once I threw that touchdown at him to CeeDee, that’s when I started rolling and got into a rhythm. “
Prescott completed 3 of 8 passes for 20 yards and the Cowboys did not score a touchdown in the first quarter for the first time this season.. In the remaining three quarters, he completed 19 of 24 passes for 282 yards and three touchdown passes, including the 49-yard pass for Lamb.
“I think he had the performance that complemented the victory and it was just exceptional,” said owner and general manager Jerry Jones. “He made a great play there when we needed a great play and so when we do the race, he takes what they give us.”
Prescott said his injury came to mind when he saw the car take out Giants running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Daniel Jones. off the field in the first half.
“It definitely came to my head like, ‘Get that situation out of here,'” Prescott said. “I mean, I turn the page quickly, I have a short memory so it was obviously thought at the time. My thoughts were for him; I hope he’s okay and I hope Saquon and all those guys are okay. You never want to see anyone get hurt. It is a physical game. We know that this game can affect your body, but you never want to see anyone eliminated, “he concluded.