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Multiple Mistakes Offset Career Day From Dak


ARLINGTON, Texas – Much of Sunday's stat sheet indicated a career game for Dak Prescott.

Never had he thrown for as many yards (463) as he did in the Cowboys' 34-24 loss to the Packers.

He had six completions of 25-plus yards, tied for second-most in team history behind Tony Romo's eight in a 2013 loss to Denver.

But, just like Romo's epic duel with Peyton Manning six years ago, Prescott's career performance Sunday was offset by critical mistakes.

"I had three interceptions," Prescott said. "I don't care how many yards I had or anything else like that. I had three interceptions and a loss. None of that matters."

It was the first time since a 2017 loss to Philadelphia that Prescott threw three picks in a single game.

The mistakes weren't all his, though. For the second straight game, a confluence of errors led to missed opportunities on offense.

On Dallas' first drive, Prescott hit Amari Cooper in the hands for a potential touchdown catch and run. But the Pro Bowl wideout let the ball bounce into the arms of cornerback Jaire Alexander.

"Took my eyes off it because I was focused on the touchdown, and I dropped it and it created a turnover," Cooper said.

The Packers took a 7-0 lead five plays later.

Prescott personally wanted his second interception back. Early in the second quarter, after driving inside the Packers' 40, he threw into double coverage – "I fit a throw in there that I had no business throwing," he said – and cornerback Chandon Sullivan stepped in front of it.

Trailing 31-3 in the second half, the offense outscored Green Bay 14-3 in the fourth quarter to make things interesting. But the Cowboys lost a critical possession when Prescott's pass for Michael Gallup got picked off.

Replays showed Gallup getting interfered with, but head coach Jason Garrett didn't have a challenge left to make.

Prescott thought the interference call was likely to be made on the field.

"I think you look around the league, a lot of quarterbacks, when they see something like that, they throw it that way to make sure, 'Hey, throw that flag there,'" he said. "But it didn't happen, and you have to move on."

The Cowboys also dealt with drive-ending penalties and two missed field goals Sunday. But the fight from Prescott and company was evident.

"The spirit of the team is unbelievable," Garrett said. "The closeness of the team is really strong. You have to play winning football. You can't turn the ball over three times and we have to do a better job defending the run.

"If we do a better job in those areas, we give ourselves a much better chance to win this game."