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There are a lot of things that can be said about Jerry Jones and his arrogance and mismanagement of the Dallas Cowboys over the past 27 years. However, one thing Jones has always been consistent with is he wants to put a winner on the field. 

Losing to the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 on Jan. 16, 2022, in the Wild Card led to much disappointment from fans and online casino bettors who supported the Cowboys as three-point favorites. 

Since Dallas won Super Bowl XXX 27-17 over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cowboys have only won four playoff games. Dallas hasn’t even been back to the NFC Championship game, let alone the Super Bowl since that season. The Cowboys’ misfortune started the season after they won their fifth Super Bowl. Dallas lost in the divisional round to the Carolina Panthers, which were only in the second year.

Here’s a look at some notable events as the Cowboys have struggled to regain their perch atop the pro football landscape.

The Big Tuna Gets Lost at Sea

Legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells decided to come out of retirement to take over as the head coach of the Cowboys in 2003. Initially, it looked like Parcells may have been able to work some of the magic he had while leading the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories. Upon his arrival, promising, young quarterback Quincy Carter was installed as the starter.

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Carter and Parcells led the Cowboys to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth in 2003. While Dallas lost 29-10 to Carolina in the playoffs, Dallas looked like it had its quarterback of the future. However, Carter would be cut in the offseason following a failed drug test. Parcells never quite recaptured the magic from his first season.

Parcells finished his tenure with a 34-30 record, but his last game was a memorable postseason misstep. Dallas had the ball inside the Seattle 5 in the Wild Card round, set to kick a go-ahead field goal. However, starting quarterback Tony Romo fumbled the hold and was tackled short of the goal line, giving Seattle a 21-20 victory.

Romo Breaks the Streak

Romo snapped Dallas’ 13 years without a playoff victory by leading a second-quarter explosion to ruin Donovan McNabb’s last game with the Philadelphia Eagles. In front of a crowd of 92,951 people, the Cowboys scored 27 points in the second quarter en croute to a 34-14 victory. Romo passed ffor 244 yards and two touchdowns, while Felix Jones rushed for 148 yards. 

Dallas’ success was short-lived as the Cowboys got beaten up by Minnesota the next week. The Vikings harassed Romo, sacking him six times, forcing three fumbles and intercepting a pass.

Rodgers Stuns No. 1 Cowboys

Dallas nearly completed the comeback at home against the Packers in the 2017 NFC Divisional Round. The Cowboys, who were the top seed, had fallen behind 28-13 in the third quarter after Jared Cook caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers. Dallas rallied by scoring 18 points in the fourth quarter.

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The Cowboys tied the game at 31 with a 52-yard field goal by Dan Bailey. On the ensuing possession, Rodgers completed an absurd pass. On third-and-20, Rodgers threw a 35-yard pass to Cook along the sidelines, which put Green Bay on Dallas’ 33-yard line with three seconds left. Mason Crosby then made a 51-yard field goal to give the Packers an upset win.

Ball Don’t Lie

The Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2015 playoffs 24-20 following some luck with a pass interference not being called on the Dallas defense. This victory, however, set the Cowboys up for one of their most disappointing playoff losses. 

Trailing Green Bay 26-21 with 9:19 remaining, the Cowboys were mounting a rally. Romo had moved Dallas into Packers’ territory. Following a 9-yard completion from Romo to Cole Beasly, the Cowboys had fourth-and-two from the Green Bay 32. 

Romo would then find Dez Bryant along the sideline, who made a diving catch and found his way into the endzone. However, the Packers challenged the catch and it was overturned on review. The NFL eventually acknowledged later the league had made the wrong call.

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