Dak Prescott didn’t exactly turn on the 49ers on Sunday.
The Cowboys quarterback completed just 23 of 43 passes for 254 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and he rushed four times for 27 yards and another score. The performance wasn’t enough for Dallas to pass San Francisco in the wildcard round as the 49ers won 23-17.
But it was enough for Prescott to win a prestigious honor. He was named the game’s NVP by Nickelodeon during its televised broadcast of the game.
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This is the second post-season that a game has been broadcast by Nickelodeon, and the second year that the award has been presented to a quarterback. Specifically, this is the second year the award has been given to the losing team’s QB.
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Last year, when the Bears lost 21-9 to the Saints, Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was named NVP. Trubisky completed 19 of 29 passes for 199 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
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The award is voted on by fans, which might explain why it hasn’t yet been received by the quarterback of a playoff-winning team. It was also given to players during the regular season, with voting more often reflecting the on-field success of the recipients.
Prescott has already received this honor. In Week 4 of the regular season, he was voted NVP after completing 63.6 percent of his passes for 188 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-28 win over the Panthers.
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But winning playoff honor carries a bit more weight. Trubisky’s Pro Football Reference page references it, alongside his only Pro Bowl honor.
Now, Prescott will be able to add his NVP to the top of his page, alongside his two Pro Bowl selections and the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year honor.