The Dallas Cowboys have officially finished the year with a 12-4 record, they are on a four-game winning streak and they've gone 8-0 away from AT&T Stadium. For a team who some didn't believe could even sniff a playoff berth, this was an incredible regular season. To make things even more impressive, two of their offensive leaders broke team records in the Week 17 win over the Washington Redskins.
Just one week after Tony Romo broke the Cowboys' all-time record in passing yards, surpassing Troy Aikman, both Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray etched their names in the record books. The two impressive feats came on back-to-back plays in the first quarter, as Murray had a 32-yard rush to pass Emmitt Smith's mark of 1,773 rushing yards in a single-season. On the next play, it was Dez Bryant's second touchdown catch of the day, which gave him 16 on the year and pushed him ahead of the 15 touchdowns that Terrell Owens had back in 2007.
The two stars for the 'Boys were both voted as Pro Bowlers this season, and finished the year with incredibly impressive numbers. Murray's season wrapped up with a whopping 393 carries for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns. The NFL's leading rusher finds himself smack dab in the middle the MVP race, and will get plenty of votes for the Offensive Player of the Year as well. As for Bryant, he had an absolutely stellar 2014, catching 88 passes for 1,320 yards to go with those 16 touchdowns.
It's going to be interesting to watch what happens with both of these players after the year, as Jerry Jones has publicly stated that fans shouldn't worry about Bryant going anywhere. As for Murray, the contracts for running backs in recent years aren't what they used to be, so we'll have to wait and see what the Cowboys decide to offer Murray, and whether he will end up testing free agency or returning to Dallas.
It's safe to say that, right now at least, Cowboys' fans are focused on things a bit bigger than the off-season. This team is making us believe that the 2014-2015 results will be far different than any that we've seen in the Tony Romo era. Let's get ready for some playoff football.