The NFL regular season has ended. Teams that have been eliminated from playoff contention begin making coaching changes in earnest, if they hadn’t done so before season’s end.
The 12 playoff teams are in survive and advance mode as they prepare to travel the road to the Super Bowl.
The Dallas Cowboys are one of those teams. At 13-3 they have secured a first round bye home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Their resurgence has been in large part due their impact rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.
Let’s take a second before the Divisional Round begins this weekend and look back at some of the things the Cowboys accomplished.
Dak Prescott broke Tom Brady’s rookie record for consecutive passes without an interception to start a career. He finished the year with the lowest interception percentage in NFL history.
Dak Prescott is the 2nd player (1st rookie) in NFL history to have 3,500+ pass yards & fewer than 5 INT in a season (Tom Brady, 2010 & 2016) pic.twitter.com/xjuzuc13xJ
— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) January 2, 2017
Ezekiel Elliott had topped the 1,000 yard mark nine games into his inaugural NFL season. He capped it off by taking home his first rushing title.
Ezekiel Elliott will be 5th rookie since 1970 merger to lead NFL in rushing (Earl Campbell, George Rogers, Eric Dickerson, Edgerrin James) pic.twitter.com/soRIpbSQZP
— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) January 1, 2017
Look at the backs on that list. Zeke has put himself in some good company.
Dak and Zeke both earned Pro Bowl selections for their efforts.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 21, 2016
They will be joined by offensive linemen Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin.
The Cowboys also had success as a team against their historical, fellow tradition-laden, non divisional rivals. The defeated the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
All on the road.
The Cowboys have had some classic, monumental games against all of those teams through the years. There was also a home victory over the longtime NFL blue blood Chicago Bears.
The playoffs have the Super Bowl dangling in front of all 12 contending teams. The Cowboys are a solid favorite to get there. The expectations will be high, they may reach them, they may not. Either way they have had a great season and their future is very bright.