Cowboys, Broncos clinch playoff berth

By JIM SANTIAGO Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is making history.

The first-ever playoff win by a Cowboys quarterback, and the team’s first playoff victory since 2003.

The Cowboys clinched the division and will face the Broncos in the playoffs, which will be played Thursday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Prescott is the only quarterback in franchise history to win a playoff game after going 3-0, 3-1 and 3-2.

Prescott has a 1-2 record in his last three starts against the Cowboys.

The only loss was a 24-10 home loss to the Packers in Week 13.

Prescott completed 20 of 31 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns.

The other two incompletions came on a 27-yard field goal attempt by rookie kicker Blair Walsh and a 3-yarder by rookie receiver Anthony Brown.

Prescott finished 26 of 41 for 329 yards and four touchdowns in the Cowboys’ season opener, a 24.8-point home win over the New York Jets.

The last time Prescott played in the postseason, the Cowboys lost to the Atlanta Falcons 24-20 in the NFC championship game.

Prescott had a team-leading 15 touchdown passes.

He’s completing 73.4 percent of his passes with no interceptions.

The next closest quarterback is quarterback Matt Cassel, who has completed 72.5 percent of passes for 467 yards and five touchdowns.

Cassel was 4-2 in the divisional round.

Prescott’s teammates and coaches have said Prescott has been one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks this season.

Prescott leads the NFL with 17 touchdown passes and is completing 69.6 percent of them.

He also has an NFL-high 31 interceptions.

Prescott started 16 of 17 games in 2017.

He was 2-5 in the regular season, 1-4 against the NFC West.

Prescott played well in the second half of last season, completing 17 of 20 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns in Dallas’ final four games.

He threw for 297 yards in Dallas’s season-opening loss at Seattle.

Prescott missed the final three games of the season with an ankle injury.

Prescott was the Cowboys first-round draft pick in 2015.

The Dallas Cowboys are in the first of two divisional-round playoff games in 2018.

The NFC West is tied with the San Francisco 49ers for the most playoff berths.

The teams will play the San Diego Chargers in the semifinals on Dec. 31 at AT &T Stadium.

The two teams meet in the wild-card round.

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