The dynamic duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott enter their seventh training camp together since being drafted in the 2016 NFL draft.
Since their rookie year, the pairing has provided some of the most electrifying moments in recent memory. There are a plethora of plays to pick from, but let’s nail down seven unforgettable moments between Prescott and Elliott.
Duo shines in Pittsburgh
The Cowboys were already on a historic roll in 2016 entering their week 10 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They were 7-1 coming off a dominant win over Green Bay, a thrilling overtime win against the Philadelphia Eagles and a 25-point victory over the Cleveland Browns.
The two were nothing short of sensational as Prescott threw for 319 yards and Elliott had 209 yards from scrimmage and a combined three touchdowns – including a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns that sealed the 35-30 win and took them to eight straight wins.
Twice late in the fourth quarter Dallas (8-1) had the ball in Steeler territory with a chance to run out the clock and attempt a game-winning field goal. Twice Elliott found himself running free into the end zone, the last a 32-yard sprint up the middle with 9 seconds left.
Five years ago today.
Ezekiel Elliott won it for the Dallas Cowboys in Pittsburgh. pic.twitter.com/0nHtpfg54v
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) November 14, 2021
Dak secures first playoff win against the Seattle Seahawks, 2018
Doesn’t need any further explanation on how important this milestone was for Prescott. Even though we understand quarterbacks are held to the standard of playoff success, both Prescott and Elliott shined in this outing.
Prescott threw for 226 yards and a touchdown while rushing for the game-sealing touchdown late in the fourth quarter that gave them a 24-14 lead. Elliott finished with 137 yards rushing and how a one-yard run earlier in the fourth to take a 17-14 lead. Dallas went on to win that game 24-22.
The end zone view of Dak Prescott's run is amazing. How did Seattle not tackle him? pic.twitter.com/z1svDbEFKS
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) January 8, 2019
An unexpected thrilling week 17, 2018
The Cowboys finished the 2018 regular season winning eight of their final nine games. The most controversial of those was a week 17 matchup against the New York Giants where head coach Jason Garrett elected not to rest Prescott.
The decision resulted in one of the more electric fourth quarters of the season. The regular season finale was highlighted by, arguably, the greatest throw of Prescott’s career. Dallas trailed the Giants by seven inside of the two-minute warning when Prescott took over on their 30-yard line.
On a 4th-and-15, Prescott rolled out to his left and dropped a 32-yard dime to Cole Beasley for the game-winning touchdown (thanks to the ensuing two-point conversion).
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 2, 2019
Zeke meets the Legion of Boom, 2016
August 25, 2016, will live in infamy for many Cowboys fans in large part to it being the day that essentially ended Tony Romo’s football career.
However, overshadowed in the cloud of confusion was a play that set the tone for Elliott’s first few years in the NFL. First quarter, with the score tied at 0 on a 2nd-and-1, Elliott took the handoff from Prescott and burst off right tackle.
After picking up the first down he met Seattle’s enforcer, Kam Chancellor, head-up at the 47-yard line and churned his feet for an extra five yards. Though it was just one play in the preseason, it sent waves across social media and ignited an already rapid social media flame behind Dallas’ fourth-overall selection.
Ezekiel Elliot came at Kam Chancellor. 💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/5eY32xulsX
— Hurdles (@SportsPIays) September 2, 2016
Prescott beats Philly in OT, 2016
The significance of this game will forever be attached to both the stories of Prescott and Romo. With writers and people in the building at a crossroads as to if Romo should return to the starting lineup or not, many people believed that Romo would have returned as the starting quarterback if Dallas would have fell to Philadelphia in 2016.
Prescott led three scoring drives in the fourth quarter and overtime that helped Dallas overcome a 23-13 fourth-quarter deficit. Prescott didn’t put up the greatest numbers going 19-of-39 for 287 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but the composure he showed as a rookie – combined with it being Dallas’ sixth consecutive win – made it impossible to justify bringing Romo back as the starter.
— Dem Boyz Nation (@DemBoyzNation) November 16, 2017
Elliott’s hurdle against Philadelphia, 2018
One of the greatest “what ifs” of Elliott’s career was his near touchdown highlight against the Eagles in 2018. Elliott skied over a would-be Eagles defender but tripped a few steps after he came down. The only thing that makes this play not the highlight of his career is that he ultimately did not score. Had he gotten into the endzone this play would be difficult to beat.
Are we going to see more of these hurdles from Ezekiel Elliott?
“I think after last week, I don’t think anyone’s gonna let me hurdle for the rest of the season.” pic.twitter.com/BeCAhlkugg
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) November 14, 2018
Dak walk-off against New England, 2021
A 445-yard passing game with three touchdowns has to be the apex of memorable Prescott wins. He was a wizard in their 2019 showing against Minnesota, but given how poorly Dallas began this game and how dramatic it ended makes this one of the most replayable games of Prescott’s career.
He connected with Ceedee Lamb on a 35-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of overtime to cap off a 35-29 win over the Patriots and bring Dallas to a 5-1 record. The performance catapulted Prescott into MVP talks and proved, at the time, that Dallas had one of the premier offenses in the league.
Welcome to the first day of 2022.
We ask you, what was your favourite Dallas Cowboys moment of 2021?
The CeeDee Lamb wave to end the OT game vs New England? Terrence Steele TD? Cooper Rush leading victory?
— UK Cowboys Fans (@UKCowboysFans) January 1, 2022