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NFL playoffs highlights Cowboys trounce Bucs, leaving Tom Brady to face uncertain future

Tom Brady lost to the Cowboys for the first time in his career. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
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TAMPA — The Dallas Cowboys play on. Tom Brady goes home to confront an offseason of disappointment and uncertainty.

How’s that for a role reversal?

The Cowboys secured their first postseason victory on the road in three decades in what may have been Brady’s final game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — or even in pro football entirely. They did it convincingly by overwhelming the Buccaneers, 31-14, on Monday night at Raymond James Stadium in what was supposed to be the glitziest matchup of a mostly captivating opening round of the NFL postseason.

Quarterback Dak Prescott threw four touchdown passes, two of them to tight end Dalton Schultz, and ran for a score. The Cowboys scored the first 24 points and never looked back, overcoming four missed extra points by Brett Maher. That was the most in an NFL game since 1932, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.