The Dallas Cowboys have played in eight Super Bowls and have won five of those. Their owner, Jerry Jones, was the first NFL owner to win three Super Bowls in his first seven years at the helm of the franchise.
However, Super Bowl XXX was the last time the Cowboys won the Vince Lombardi Trophy and that was in 1996, meaning Jones has been waiting for his fourth Super Bowl for 26 years now.
Unfortunately, he will have to wait for that fourth Super Bowl for yet another year after his team failed to clear the first hurdle on the road to the Super Bowl.
The Dallas Cowboys lost to the San Francisco 49ers in a surprising 23-17 defeat at home in the NFC Wild Card Round. The game had a dramatic ending, but that didn’t take away from the fact that the 49rs played better than the Cowboys. And Jones was perfectly aware of that.
After the game, Jones told reporters that he was “extraordinarily disappointed” and felt sorry for the fans. He said that the 49ers outplayed the Cowboys and that it was a letdown for everyone associated with or rooting for the Cowboys.
Terrible Start of the Game
The Cowboys had a poor start to the game and were 13 points down at one point in the second quarter. They did get a touchdown in the second quarter but it took them almost 25 minutes to get some points on the board.
The Cowboys failed to score in the third quarter and were 16 points down going into the fourth quarter. They did get a field goal and then a touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter, but that was all they could do.
With just 14 seconds on the clock, the Cowboys went with a late run by Dak Prescott, but before the refereeing team could spot the ball, time had run out.
Were the Favourites to Win After Impressive Season
The Cowboys started the season with an impressive performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL Kick-Off game. Unfortunately, they lost on that occasion, but kept their performance levels high and went on a six-game winning run after that.
The Cowboys ended the season with a 12-5 record, and that, coupled with their promising performances at the beginning of the season, made them favourites against the 49ers.
Jerry Jones felt the same way and believed that his star-studded offence would justify the favourites tag. The Cowboys have Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Ezekiel Elliott leading their offence.
Most NFL teams would love to have an offensive line-up that included these players and also boasted by Micah Parsons, candidate for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. However, that star-studded cast only got as far as the NFC Wild Card Round. And the Cowboys owner wasn’t happy.
Cowboys Could Lose Their Star Players Soon
Jones said that when a team had that combination of players, that team must be successful. The Cowboys owner added that everyone knew “how it goes in the NFL,” and that “the whole thing is set up” to add quality to teams that need better players and to “take away” from star-studded franchises. According to Jones, the Cowboys team was definitely one of the best, especially when it came to the players they had on their roster.
That statement left the door open for talk about coach Mike McCarthy’s future in Dallas. However, Jones didn’t want to discuss that after the game, saying that that wasn’t “on the table” and that the game spoke for itself.