When Tony Romo went down with a back injury in a 2016 preseason game, the Dallas Cowboys turned to rookie Dak Prescott - who would never relinquish the starting duties again.
Prescott won the 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year award after tossing 3,667 passing yards and 23 touchdowns, while adding six rushing scores. Dallas finished with a 13-3 record, good enough for the top seed in the NFC.
But ever since his phenomenal rookie season, Prescott has been hot and cold. He's turned it around in the second half of 2018, thanks to the addition of Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Still, some fans and pundits continue to wonder if the Cowboys would have been better off keeping Romo - a four-time Pro Bowler - over the inconsistent Prescott.
Well, Bobby Belt of NFL Network and SB Nation Radio shared an interesting breakdown of how Prescott stacks up against Romo in clutch situations. As it turns out, the 25-year-old fares better than Romo did in fourth quarter or overtime - when the game is tied or if Dallas is trailing by a single score.
Prescott vs Romo in 4th/OT tied or trailing by 8 or fewer: pic.twitter.com/0Ba0TeHEAh— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) December 11, 2018
Prescott has indeed been clutch for the Cowboys in big situations this season. He led Dallas to a pivotal Week 14 overtime win against the Philadelphia Eagles, which all but clinched the NFC East title for America's Team.
The 25-year-old Prescott also did just enough in Week 13 to help the Cowboys upset the NFC-leading New Orleans Saints 13-10. They were also victorious in one-score games against the Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins before the big showdown in New Orleans.
What This Means
Romo had his fair share of moments in Dallas, but many only remember him as the guy that won a mere two playoff games in his career. For Prescott, he'll leave a better legacy in 'Big D' if he can lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl or two in his career.
With Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper just in the early stages of their prime years, the future is looking very bright for Prescott and the Cowboys.