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Cowboys at Buccaneers score: Live updates, game stats, highlights as Tom Brady, Tampa are shut out in 1st half

The Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one half of their Super Wild Card Weekend matchup in the books. At the break, Dak Prescott and company have a solid grip on this matchup, leading by double digits.

Both offenses were sluggish out of the gate as each registered consecutive three-and-outs to begin the game. Dallas then came alive on its third possession of the evening, traveling 80 yards on seven plays as Dak Prescott connected with Dalton Schultz for the game’s first touchdown. That did seem to open the flood gates as Tampa Bay then began moving the ball and got all the way to the Cowboys five-yard line. However, it was at that point when Tom Brady faced some pressure and threw an interception in the end zone to Jayron Kearse. That gave Dallas the ball back and they’d make the Bucs pay to the tune of a 15-play touchdown drive. The Cowboys would another touchdown to their total before halftime, but did see Brett Maher miss all three of his extra point attempts. Meanwhile, this was the first time Tom Brady has been shut out in the first half of a playoff game since his postseason debut in the infamous “Tuck Rule” game against the Raiders in the 2001 Divisional Round. 

No matter who ultimately wins this game, they’ll punch their ticket to Santa Clara for a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round. So, will the Cowboys hang on and keep their dreams of a title alive? Or does Brady have one more second half comeback up his sleeve? We’re about to find out. As this game unfolds, be sure to check out our live blog of Monday’s matchup. Below, you’ll find expert analysis and real-time highlights of all the best plays.  

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