Once again, the Dallas Cowboys will not appear in the NFC title game or the Super Bowl for the 24th consecutive year as they lost in the NFC Divisional Round to the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 30-22. It is another disappointing finish to a season which now marks three consecutive playoff runs have ended in the Divisional Round. The Cowboys could not quite muster a comeback while being down 15 points in the fourth quarter as quarterback Dak Prescott did all he could.
Prescott showcased himself pretty well in his third playoff game completing 20 of 32 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown. Even though he missed a couple throws in the first half, Prescott made the right adjustments in the second half. However, there was not enough time for him to record another game-winning/game-tying drive. He showed incredible poise under pressure only being sacked once, which was genuinely controversial nonetheless.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott was held to 47 yards on 20 carries, which averaged out to 2.3 yards a carry compared to the Rams, who had 5.7 yards a carry. He could not find a rhythm all game long as his longest rush was 15 yards long. This forced Prescott to throw more which was not in Dallas’ game plan.
The Cowboys defense started out solid, holding the Rams to three points in the first quarter but still Los Angeles moved the football up and down the field with ease, especially running the ball. This Dallas defense, which allowed over 70 yards to Seattle all game last week, allowed the same amount of yards in the first half alone to the Rams. Running back C.J Anderson and Todd Gurley had major performances, each having over 100 yards rushing as well as each having rushing touchdowns.
This season ended in a division crown and a disappointing Divisional Round loss but now the questions of contracts remain…
Contracts in need of extension:
The main name in that list is Dak Prescott which now will be the main storyline. How much will Dak make? Who will Dallas keep? Can the Cowboys retain all the pieces and restructure some contract money? Will Dak take about $20 million instead of $30 million per year in order to keep this team together?
These are the decisions the Jones’ have to make as the Cowboys season has come to an abrupt halt in the NFC Divisional Round, once again not reaching the NFC Championship title game, in which their last appearance was in 1995. Dallas will look to end that drought come July as that is when organized training activities start for NFL teams.