The Dallas Cowboys remain one of the most popular teams in the NFL.
Last season marked the first time since the mid-’90s that the Cowboys had won 12 games in two consecutive years. But, once the team made it to the playoffs, they did not experience any significant success. In the 2021 playoffs, Dallas lost in the wild card round. In 2022, the team was defeated in the divisional round.
In the 27 seasons since the Cowboys won the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl, postseason success has been limited, to say the least.
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Dallas has advanced to the playoffs 12 times in the past 27 seasons, winning just 5 of those games. The team has failed to make it to the NFC Championship game since the appearance in Super Bowl 30.
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Only two other NFL franchises, Washington and the Detroit Lions, have not advanced to the conference title game in that span.
The legendary Cowboys quarterback shared his thoughts on what might be holding the «Americas Team» back in the big games.
«They’re really good and they have really good players,» Aikman told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. «The organization has done a fantastic job. I think the coaches have done a great job. The players. Everything. They’ve won a lot of games. The problem for them, and they don’t need me to tell them this.» , they just haven’t played their best football when the games have mattered most.»
The Cowboys’ current starting quarterback, Dak Prescott, has an impressive 61-36 regular season record, but has only managed to win two playoff games. Prescott’s postseason record currently stands at 2-4.
In January, the Cowboys traveled to Tampa Bay for a wild card round game against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Prescott turned in a strong performance, passing for 305 yards and four touchdowns to help lead his team to victory. But the following week, in the divisional round game against the 49ers, he only threw for 206 yards and two interceptions.
Aikman admitted he doesn’t have the solution to the Cowboys’ postseason woes.
«You say, ‘How do you change that?’ No one has the answer to that,» Aikman said. «I don’t have the answer to that. For our teams [in the ‘90s], the reason we were successful and did what we could do, the reason every team wins Super Bowls, is that they play their best football in the biggest games. That’s the challenge for each and every one of those players.»
But, the current Hall of Fame quarterback and broadcaster is hopeful that his old team will turn things around soon.
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«I hope this is the year that they come out of the rut. I’m rooting for them,» Aikman said. «I’ve said it many times: I’m a huge fan of Dak and I’d like to see him bring a world championship back to Dallas. It’s been a long time.»