There are playoff games and then there are “playoff” games. You know the kind I’m talking about. Of course you do. We’re talking about the Dallas Cowboys for goodness sake. In each of the first three seasons that Jason Garrett coached the team, the Cowboys faced win-and-in situations in Week 17 against each of their division rivals. They lost all three of those games, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about.
We are here to discuss two different losses that the Cowboys had, albeit in Week 16, of two different seasons. The Cowboys just lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in that slot in a must-win game, but did you know that Sunday wasn’t the first time that Dallas lost a game in that slot in recent memory? It was actually the second time in three seasons.
The Cowboys haven’t won these clutch games in Jason Garrett’s time
Two years ago the Cowboys entered their Week 16 game against the Seattle Seahawks (the one Earl Thomas would approach Jason Garrett after) needing a win in order to stay alive in the wild card race. Effectively, it was a playoff game.
They lost. Badly. In fact, the Dallas Cowboys lost by not even scoring a touchdown. Does that sound familiar? Because that’s exactly what the Cowboys did on Sunday in Philadelphia. While a loss didn’t officially remove them from a potential playoff field, it was a game that they had to have and they failed to get into the endzone even once.
This is two times in three years that the Cowboys have not only lost, but gone touchdown-less in games of serious consequence. These types of days have grown tired from this team, and we have yet to see any significant change.
Is it coming soon? We’ll have to wait and see.