FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys have usually finished their 58th NFL season, carrying entered a joining as an enlargement authorization in 1960.
As we know, they have played in 8 Super Bowls, winning five, formulating this notice out there of a sincerely bewitched existence, all commencement with a franchise’s initial winning deteriorate in 1966, a start of that NFL-record fibre of 20 uninterrupted winning seasons. They also became a initial group in NFL story to win 3 Super Bowls in 4 years during their re-emergence in a 1990s.
They are remembered for such plays as The Hail Mary and Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard run. For Tom Landry and Tex Schramm and Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones. For Staubach and Aikman and Lilly and White, and of march for Emmitt apropos a NFL’s all-time heading rusher.
But funny, this occurred to me, oh, someday after a Vikings’ clearly cleansed a memory of a Hail Mary from that 1975 deteriorate with their Minneapolis Miracle to mangle a New Orleans Saints hearts 3 weeks ago:
These Cowboys, for all their mass over all these years, certain can make a explain for concurrently being famous as The Heartbreak Kids. No, seriously. Do we comprehend a penance a Cowboys have paid over a years, a tighten call and clearly vicious and surprising punishment during a finish of games that has prevented them from apropos a biggest authorization in NFL history?
Sure, we’re all wakeful of how a Cowboys mislaid their initial dual NFL playoff games in 1966 and 1967 to a Green Bay Packers: Read
- 34-27, when they could not measure after pushing to a first-and-goal during a Packers 2 with 1:52 to play in a NFL Championship during a Cotton Bowl, a leader earning a right to play in a really initial Super Bowl. Under measureless vigour on fourth-and-goal during a 2, Don Meredith desperately flings a pass into a finish zone, intercepted by reserve Dave Brown with 28 seconds left to sign a Packers second true NFL title.
- 21-17, a subsequent year in what became famous as a Ice Bowl, when Bart Starr, on a third-and-goal play from a Cowboys 1-yard line with usually 13 seconds left, sneaks in for a winning touchdown in a NFL Championship Game for a right to go to a second Super Bowl.
Think how NFL story competence have been rewritten had a Cowboys won those razor-close finishes. Maybe it would have been Tom Landry worshiped as Vince Lombardi became. Maybe Dallas would have turn famous as Titletown USA.
We’re also good wakeful of how a Cowboys have mislaid their final dual playoff games, both again to a Green Bay Packers during a finish of a 2014 and 2016 seasons in local turn playoff games: Read
- 26-21, Tony Romo’s apparent 31-yard execution to Dez Bryant on a fourth-and-2 play from a Green Bay 32 was topsy-turvy from one of a biggest catches in Cowboys story to an deficient pass by video replay with usually 4:02 left to play, and going a prolonged approach toward preventing a Cowboys from advancing to a NFC pretension diversion in Seattle, where they had already beaten a Seahawks once that year.
- 34-31, after pushing to tie a diversion 31-31 with 35 seconds left, nonetheless permitting Aaron Rodgers, with usually 12 seconds left, to finish that 35-yard pass on third-and-20 from his possess 32 to parsimonious finish Jared Cook, who slid out of finish during a Cowboys’ 33-yard line with 3 seconds left – adequate time for Mason Crosby to strike a game-winning 51-yard margin goal, promulgation instead a Packers to a NFC pretension diversion opposite Atlanta.
Yep, how tighten they were to carrying played in dual of 3 NFC pretension games. Oh, a hurt.
But we know what, this Cowboys pain isn’t anything new if we go behind over a years.
Remember Super Bowl V, Baltimore’s Jim O’Brien violation a Cowboys’ hearts by attack that 32-yard margin thought with 5 seconds remaining for a 16-13 victory.
Or a abrasive 21-17 detriment to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl X that 1975 season, when trailing usually 15-10, they authorised Terry Bradshaw on a third-and-4 from a Steelers’ 36 to strike Lynn Swann for that 64-yard touchdown pass with usually 2:54 left.
Or losing a really subsequent year in a local turn of a playoffs 14-12 to a L.A. Rams after going 11-3 that season. Down 14-10, a Cowboys were confronting a fourth-and-10 during a Rams’ 17 when Roger Staubach seemed to finish a 10-yard pass to Billy Joe DuPree with 1:29 left in a game. But a turn was noted usually short, withdrawal a routinely stoic Landry criticizing a officials afterward, generally after removing home and examination a film.
Who knows, a Cowboys were presumably an in. or dual divided from carrying played in 4 uninterrupted Super Bowls from 1975-78, given they returned in 1977 to flog Denver in Super play XII and again in 1978, losing to Pittsburgh, uh, 35-31, a diversion perpetually remembered for Cowboys maestro parsimonious finish Jackie Smith’s dump in a finish zone, and afterwards Randy White’s fumbled kickoff lapse on a brief flog that set adult a Steelers’ final touchdown.
Again, that close.
Next year, even some-more harm in what incited out to be Staubach’s final diversion of his career. Once again it was those damn Rams in a local turn playoff game. The Cowboys led 19-14, 2:16 left to play. But they couldn’t hang on, Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo joining with Billy Waddy on a first-and-10 pass from midfield for what incited out to be a game-winning 50-yard touchdown pass.
That afterwards brings us to a many famous heartbreak: The Catch, of course, that 28-27 detriment to a San Francisco 49ers in a NFC Championship Game of a 1981 season. With 58 seconds left and trailing a Cowboys 27-21, on third-and-3 from a Cowboys’ six, underneath vigour and rolling right, Joe Montana throws that high pass into a finish section that somehow Dwight Clark skies over Everson Walls for a game-winning touchdown with 51 seconds left, preventing a Cowboys from going to nonetheless another Super Bowl during that 12-season span.
Oh my gosh, while they played in 5 Super Bowls during that time, a Cowboys also finished adult in 10 NFC pretension games from 1970-1982, winning 5 and losing 5 (1972, 1973, 1980-82).
So tighten a Cowboys were to being a Patriots of that era. So close.
And we know what, that afterwards creates a drought given final winning Super play XXX that 1995 deteriorate – also creation their final NFC pretension diversion coming – seem so humbling.
But even during that, for a past dozen seasons a Cowboys have damaged some-more hearts. They have had their chances.
Remember 2006, Bill Parcells’ final deteriorate as conduct coach. Seattle. NFC Wild Card Game. Tony Romo’s initial deteriorate to start. Cowboys route 21-20, 3:10 remaining. Romo drives a Cowboys 70 yards to a Seattle 8. Only 1:53 left. Romo hits Witten during a 1, initial down, right?
Oh, wait, there is a counter video examination of a spot. And somehow arbitrate Walt Anderson, after looking during video that was not sharpened true down a 1-yard line, announces he’s re-spotting a turn “at a 1½-yard line,” fourth down and one with 1:19 left.
And we know a rest of that story, Romo dropping a snap on what was going to be Martin Gramatica’s game-winning 19-yard field-goal attempt, and afterwards is pulled down using for his life during a 2 by Seattle’s Justin Babineaux. Ball game. Season. End of Bill’s coaching career,
Can’t make this things up.
And if all that – all that – is not adequate to means we to cry in your divert all over again, we know those 3 uninterrupted 8-8 seasons, a ones a Cowboys had a possibility to win a NFC East any time if usually they could win a final diversion of any of those seasons?
Do we remember 2012, a 28-18 detriment to a Redskins?
Gosh almighty, a Cowboys were training 21-18. There was 3:33 left, first-and-10 during a Cowboys 29. The “Comeback Kid” was in position to lead a Cowboys to feat or during slightest into overtime. But on a initial play, a really initial play, a Redskins shell linebacker London Fletcher adult a middle. He’s untouched. Romo suspicion he saw a Redskins other linebacker Rob Jackson blitzing, too, so instinctively lobs a brief dump pass right to DeMarco Murray. One problem. Jackson pulled off and jumped Murray, intercepting a pass during a 25, and environment up, uh, Alfred Morris’ game-clinching, NFC East-clinching touchdown.
Next year, well, same as a prior year. Almost.
Cowboys-Eagles, Game 16, leader takes a East. One difference. Romo, during his intrepid comeback, 24-23, feat a week before over Washington, blew out his disk. He indispensable behind surgery. So backup Kyle Orton contingency start a winner-take-all diversion opposite a Eagles, that to be his initial start in dual years.
Cowboys were 8-7. And if we can trust this, had mislaid 4 games by a sum of 5 points that season. Three one-pointers and a two-pointer, and that with what finished adult being a 32nd-ranked invulnerability in a NFL. And I’ll be, here they go again, one some-more time. Cowboys trail, 24-22, first-and-10 during their 32, 1:49 left. Orton already had finished 30 of 45 passes for 358 yards. Needed like 30 yards to during slightest have a possibility during a margin goal.
First play, Orton sees Jason Witten doubled, comes off him and is going to strike Miles Austin on a point out of a slot. Big problem. He’s late and behind Austin, and again, a second-year in a row, this time Brandon Boykin picks off a pass. Ball game. Season.
Compound those most-recent nearby misses and disappointments with what afterwards took place a finish of a 2014 and 2016 seasons, and now we have everybody pier on about how a Cowboys have no thought what they’re doing, that there are 22-year-olds out there who have no thought because anyone creates such a large understanding over a Cowboys.
Now, I’m certain other teams have suffered by distressing waste and nearby misses usually like a Cowboys. But this many? This tighten to a finish of games?
Come on now, last-second picks? Sneaks? Field goals? Video replay reversals? Questionably-marked spots? Catches?
One play here, one play there, changing a march of history. Lombardi-Landry. Steelers-Cowboys. Niners-Cowboys. Packers-Cowboys.
Like, how many Super Bowls have come down to a wire?
Go ask a Bills, Scott Norwood, far-reaching right.
Go ask a Seahawks, a collect during a 1, 3 years ago.
Go ask a Patriots, David Tyree’s helmet locate busting a 19-0 season.
Go ask a Cardinals, Santonio Holmes’ last-second, tiptoe toe-dance TD.
On and on.
So who knows what LII will move come Sunday. Can’t wait.
But when it comes to a Cowboys, they can usually imagine. They’ve about seen it all. Read