The Dallas Cowboys fell to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night in the Divisional round of the NFC Playoffs in Santa Clara, in a loss that owner Jerry Jones described in an emotional manner.
"This is very sickening not to win tonight," Jones said.
However, as most would expect at this point, Jones also says the loss will not negatively impact the job status of head coach Mike McCarthy, who has now fallen in consecutive years to the 49ers in the playoffs.
"No," Jones said. "No. Not at all"
And frankly, while that is probably the right decision, it will also not sit well with understandably frustrated Cowboys fans.
It has been 27 years since the Cowboys advanced to an NFC title game. That season, Dallas took down Brett Favre, Mike Holmgren and the Green Bay Packers in Irving, and went on to win Super Bowl XXX.
Quite a long time for Dallas fans to wait for their team to get back to the mountain top of the NFL.
But with that said, what Mike McCarthy has done in the last two seasons, despite all of the obstacles, has been nothing short of impressive.
Sure, the 6-10 2020 season was a poor one. But with the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, that was a wash.
Over the last two seasons, McCarthy has had the Cowboys finish 12-5 in each, winning the NFC East in 2021, and coming close to doing the same in 2022.
Back-to-back playoff berths is something McCarthy's predecessor, Jason Garrett, was never able to accomplish.
Not to mention 24 wins in two seasons is something the franchise has not accomplished since the 1994 and 1995 campaigns.
So perhaps one more season with McCarthy at the helm is well warranted after all.
That said, should Dallas find itself in this same position a year from now, it could be a very different conversation.