The Dallas Cowboys’ season ended in heartbreaking fashion, as the arm of Aaron Rodgers and the foot of Mason Crosby lifted the Green Bay Packers to a 34-31 victory, crushing Dallas’ Super Bowl aspirations in the process. The Cowboys showed plenty of heart as they clawed back into the game after falling into a 21-3 deficit that looked impossible to overcome at one point in the game.
While Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is proud of the fight his team displayed on Sunday, he doesn’t take any consultation knowing his team almost appeared in their first NFC title game since 1995.
“There’s no moral victory here,” Jones said after the game, via Sportsday. “There might have been a moral victory if we had continued to play the way it was looking earlier. But for this bunch to get back, get it together … to see those guys come back and compete like that, then I know if we won this game we were capable of doing a good job against, in this case, Atlanta and probably a good job in the Super Bowl.
“In other words, I don’t want to say it’s any consolation but I know this: They are capable of playing at this level, the kind of level we would have expected.”
Despite a disappointing end to their season, the Cowboys have a lot to be excited about in the near future, as Dallas went 13-3 and earned the top seed in the NFC playoffs with a rookie quarterback and running back. Now that Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have a year of NFL experience under their belts, the Cowboys could be favorites to win it all next season.
The Cowboys put the entire NFL on notice and became an NFC powerhouse in 2016. However, they came up short this season, which is what matters the most to Jones.