October 11, 2020, will undoubtedly always be a day that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will remember for the rest of his life. But it certainly won’t be for a good reason, which is unfortunate for him because before he was carted off the field during Sunday’s matchup with the New York Giants, Prescott did something that no Cowboys quarterback has done in 35 years.
Dak Prescott became the first Dallas Cowboys quarterback to catch a touchdown pass since 1985
Dak Prescott has accomplished quite a bit in his young career. But in the final minute of the first half of the Dallas Cowboys’ Week 5 matchup with the New York Giants, he accomplished something he’d never done in his pro career.
With 23 seconds remaining in the first half, the Cowboys found themselves down by three, 20-17. Dak Prescott certainly wasn’t having his greatest game of the 2020 season. He hadn’t thrown a touchdown pass but had thrown a pick-six earlier in the game. So since he couldn’t throw a touchdown pass, he just went ahead and caught one.
On a play that looked very similar to the Philly Special, Prescott caught an 11-yard pass from Cedrick Wilson for the first receiving touchdown of his career. It was the first receiving touchdown for any Dallas Cowboys quarterback since Danny White in 1985. The Cowboys took a 24-20 lead into halftime but things would take a horrible turn for Dak Prescott in the second half.
He went down with a gruesome ankle injury in the third quarter
While Dak Prescott usually gets things done with his arm, he chose to use his legs on a first-down play in the third quarter, a play that ended in disaster. As he neared the end of his run, his right ankle got caught between Giants cornerback Logan Ryan and the turf and that ankle bent in a way it’s certainly not supposed to bend.
It took a moment for television viewers to grasp what had happened but Dak Prescott obviously knew immediately. Players and coaches from both sides gathered around Prescott as he sat on the field. Clearly in pain but perhaps more upset by the fact that he knew his season was over (which it clearly is), Dak was in tears while being carted off the field in a very emotional scene at AT&T Stadium.
Andy Dalton replaced Dak Prescott and helped the Cowboys to a 37-34 victory, a win that puts Dallas in first place in the woeful NFC East.
What’s the latest on Dak Prescott’s injury?
It was reported during the CBS broadcast that Dak Prescott was being transported to a nearby hospital and CBS Sports has now confirmed that the two-time Pro Bowler suffered a compound fracture and is set for surgery on Sunday night. The surgery is intended “to cleanse the injury and ensure a more clean healing.”