Cowboys 11th Playoff Appearance Without Making It To The Finals
Looks like The Dallas Cowboys couldn’t take advantage of a home playoff game. Their season is now officially over, after a 23-17 loss to The San Francisco 49ers in an NFC wild-card game that ended when Dallas ran out of time before they could spike the ball to set up a final play. Since winning the Super Bowl at the end of the 1995 season. The Cowboys have never made it past the divisional round of the playoffs again. They didn’t even make it that far this time; in their 11th postseason appearance since those three Super Bowl titles over a four-season span.
Jones, 79 said “This is one of the best teams that I’ve been a part of that this happened to”. He added that “when you get this combination of players together, you need to have success.” He was asked the last time he was this disappointed by a loss. “I can’t remember,” he said.
In the final minute Sunday, San Francisco had to punt after All-Pro Deebo Samuel’s run initially was ruled to have picked up a first down before a video review showed he was inches short. Then the 49ers’ All-Pro tackle, Trent Williams, was penalized for not being set on Jimmy Garoppolo’s successful sneak for the first down, and the 49ers instead had to kick.
Was It The Right Decision?
Dallas received the ball at its 20 yard line with only 32 seconds remaining. Prescott completed three consecutive passes but receivers were out of bounds each time. With only 14 seconds left when he ran 17 yards to the 49ers 24 line. The ball was never officially set for another play before time ran out, even though the quarterback did spike it.
“It’s the right decision,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “We shouldn’t have any problem getting the ball spiked.”
“I tried to gather myself back and still thought I had time to get it down,” Prescott said. “In hindsight, I could say I should have went down sooner if I’d have known all of that was going to play out that way. I also think if I don’t get hit from behind, it’s clean and we’re clocking the ball with at minimum a second if not more, it’s not two or three on the clock.”
Questions are still being asked like, “did the official slow things down by coming in at the last second? Literally sprinting from his previous spot to keep up with Prescott and the Cowboys after the surprise QB draw? Perhaps, but then you’re back to square one: why did the Cowboys run a QB draw in the first place? The rules are still the rules, and Dallas; through both its play call and post-play actions — lost the game. ~ Cody Benjamin CBC News