The Dallas Cowboy‘s season came to an end Sunday as they were unable to beat one of the hottest teams in football, the Green Bay Packers. The Cowboys fell into a 21-3 hole and were not able to complete the comeback as they lost 34-31 on a game winning 51 yard field by Mason Crosby. Despite the loss, the Cowboys future is bright and the team can only get better with the loads of young talent on the roster.
The Cowboys got out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Packers raddled off 21 straight points and never looked back. Penalties killed the Cowboys on their first three drives that could have resulted in touchdowns but they had to either settle for a field goal or punt.
Aaron Rodgers proved once again that he is one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL as he torched the Cowboys all game. He threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns.
Dez Bryant was able to take over this game. He caught nine balls for 132 yards and two touchdowns. No one on Green Bay could keep him in check as Dak Prescott looked his way often. With this performance, Bryant solidified himself as a top five wide receiver in the NFL.
Jason Witten caught his first postseason touchdown of his career Sunday. He has played eight playoff games and for him to finally get his first playoff touchdown was great to see, especially in a clutch moment like the one Sunday. Hopefully the 34 year old will give at least one more go around next season as the Cowboys look to be a Super Bowl contender again.
Ezekiel Elliott did not have a touchdown, but he did have 125 yards rushing on 22 carries. He will look to capitalize on his impressive rookie season as he prepares to run all over the league next season.
Dak Prescott is definitely the future quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. He did not back down when the Cowboys fell down early, he led the Cowboys back into great position to win but they fell just short. He does not get nervous for big games and that is a great characteristic for a quarterback to be able to keep it together in pressure moments.
Prescott finished the game with 302 passing yards and three touchdowns. He looked great out there, he did have some mistakes, but that is going to happen when you start your first playoff game as a rookie. I have great confidence in Prescott to lead the Cowboys back to the top of the NFL.
Other game notes:
- The Cowboys have not made the NFC championship game since 1995 when they won their last Super Bowl
- Dez Bryant’s 132 receiving yards are his most in his playoff career
- Jeff Heath and Barry Church both recorded their first sacks of their careers
The Dallas Cowboys will look to make improvements in the offseason. They have a bright future with a great young core, but they will need to add some pieces to be able to compete at a high level next season. I have faith they will be Super Bowl contenders next season.
As for me, I will do my best to provide up to date news from the Cowboys including offseason transactions, draft coverage, free agency, etc. Thank you to everyone for reading my blogs for the 2016 Dallas Cowboys.