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Dak Prescott keeps carving teams up in the fourth quarter

Dak Prescott has no problem with whatever is thrown at him late in a game. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is in the midst of an amazing run.

We’re not talking about his season as a whole, but rather a specific component. In a span that dates back to overtime of the Week 8 win against the Philadelphia Eagles, Prescott is 30-of-33 for 325 yards in the fourth quarter, with two touchdown passes and a touchdown run. He added 6-of-7 for 79 yards is the latest part of that ledger in Thursday’s win over the Washington Redskins.

Prescott now has eight games this season in which he has completed at least three fourth-quarter passes and thrown no more than one incompletion. After going 6-of-17 in the fourth quarter of his debut against the Giants, Prescott is 58-of-73 (79 percent), with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Prescott’s poise was evident on a pair of third-down plays in the fourth quarter, one a 7-yard run that netted a first down (and a late-hit penalty), the other a 26-yard throw to Dez Bryant that gave the Cowboys a first-and-goal at the Redskins 1. The Cowboys scored to extend their lead to 31-19.

Prescott’s most effective fourth-quarter target is not Bryant or Jason Witten, but wide receiver Cole Beasley. Prescott is 23-of-26 for 272 yards when throwing to Beasley in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, 22-of-23 since Week 2. Prescott was 2-of-2 for 20 yards and a pair of first downs connecting to Beasley in the final 15 minutes on Thursday.

Prescott has now won 10 straight starts, the second-longest win streak by a rookie quarterback since the merger (longest, per the Elias Sports Bureau research, is 13 by Ben Roethlisberger in 2004).