The Dallas Cowboys were several steps closer to the playoffs after losses by Atlanta and Detroit today. All they had to do was keep winning. They didn’t, giving away today’s game to the Seattle Seahawks and ending their season with a 21-12 loss.
The Seahawks only managed 136 yards of offense thanks to one of the best defensive games the Cowboys have had all year. But Dallas ruined that with three turnovers and questionable offensive decisions that kept the scoreboard in Seattle’s favor.
Dak Prescott threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. He overthrew Ezekiel Elliott in short yardage and the ball landed in the arms of Seattle’s Justin Coleman, who took it to the house. The other pick was thrown a little behind Dez Bryant but enough he could get his hands on it, only to tip it up and into the hands of linebacker K.J. Wright.
That was one of a few bad moments for Dez today. After being visibly upset about his lack of opportunities in the game, Dez caught his first pass and then fumbled it to set up Seattle’s first touchdown. He had another drop in the open field and was otherwise a non-factor in the game. Even Troy Aikman was questioning his status as a franchise receiver from the booth.
Ezekiel Elliott’s return became an afterthought in the season-ending collapse. He had 97 yards on 24 carries, but this game will be remembered for the touches he didn’t get. With Dallas at 1st-and-Goal on the Seattle 3-yard-line, Zeke never got a touch. A holding penalty followed by a sack set up one of Dan Bailey’s two missed field goals.
The Cowboys had every opportunity, both in this game in the NFC playoff picture, but threw away their season with perhaps the worst loss of Jason Garrett’s head coaching tenure.
- Dan Bailey had one of his worst games, missing two from 34 and 48-yards that would’ve pulled Dallas within one score in the 4th quarter. He also had two that barely made it in, one of which banked in off the post, in a 4-of-6 performance.
- Lost in the loss will be one of the best sacks you’ll ever see by DeMarcus Lawrence. He chased Russell Wilson down towards the sideline and then Wilson tried to do his signature turn to change direction. Lawrence showed incredible athleticism to close on Wilson and finish the play.
- Sean Lee was everywhere today, totaling 14 tackles and shutting down plays left and right. It was just another reminder that if he’d been on the field more this year, Dallas probably would’ve already clinched a playoff spot.
- The Cowboys will now head to Philadelphia next week with nothing to play for. If they win tomorrow, the Eagles will clinch the top seed in the NFC. Perhaps both teams will go with backups and we’ll get to see more of Cooper Rush, Noah Brown, and other bench darlings.