Jason Garrett and the Cowboys want the best for quarterback Tony Romo, who has been a good soldier in his 14 seasons with the franchise.
Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer
Teams like the Boston Celtics have gone all out on social media trying to get fans to vote for their players in this year's All-Star game. But one of Avery Bradley's college buddies took it to a new extreme. Nate Paul, a businessman in Austin, Texas, bought a digital billboard near the University of Texas encouraging fans to vote for Bradley — a UT product — for the All-Star game. Bradley lives in Austin and has been getting texts from friends and family about it. Said Bradley: "It's really neat. I thought it was cool that somebody showing that support. I live in Austin and going to UT, all the guys there, they support me. So I thought it was pretty cool." (photo: Twitter/@JOEYxFRESCO)
Much movement on Joe's 9 line
Joe Lunardi promotes Northwestern, following its rout of Iowa, and TCU, which held off Iowa State. Virginia Tech drops there by one line, and Dayton holds its position. Bracketology
No movement on Joe's 7 line
South Carolina, Iowa State, Clemson and SMU hold their positions in Joe Lunardi's weekly assessment. Of note this week, the Cyclones will host Kansas, the Gamecocks will entertain Florida and the Tigers will visit Louisville. Bracketology
Tar Heels rise to Joe's No. 2 line
North Carolina climbs from the 3 line following its victory over Florida State. Joe Lunardi keeps West Virginia, Baylor and Gonzaga at that level in his weekly assessment. Bracketology
Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer
Jason Garrett wants the Cowboys to use the disappointment of Sunday's loss to Green Bay "to fuel the fire to what we want to accomplish in 2017."
The Cowboys have a number of personnel decisions to make after another disappointing playoff exit, including what to do with their old franchise QB.
Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer
The Cowboys signed the following players to futures contracts: G Clay DeBord, G Kadeem Edwards, WR Shaquelle Evans, LB Jeremiah George, DE Lenny Jones, CB Sammy Seamster, DB Jameill Showers and RB Rod Smith, who ended the season on the practice squad. The team also signed: TE Connor Hamlett, CB Jeremiah McKinnon, CB Duke Thomas and LS Zach Wood.
Cowboys most improved offense in 2016
By Football Outsiders' metrics, Dak Prescott was a massive upgrade under center and Ezekiel Elliott was instantly one of the league's best backs. They went from one of the NFL's worst offenses in 2015 to one of the best this year. Most improved units (Insider)
Dak was one of divisional round's best QBs
Despite Sunday's loss, Dak Prescott finished strong after a third-quarter INT and was nearly perfect against the blitz. He registered the highest Total QBR among losing signal-callers this past weekend. Best, worst QBs
Jack Eichel scored two goals and the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Monday.
Sando: Ronald Leary should cash in
A year after asking for a trade, the Cowboys' left guard answered the bell in 2016 to anchor the league's most dominant offensive line. Among Dallas' 18 impending free agents, Mike Sando writes Leary could get the biggest raise. Due for paydays (Insider)
Mavs rise one spot in Power Rankings
Dallas lands at No. 23 this week. Dirk Nowitzki is starting to look like himself, and the Mavericks are as healthy as they've been all year. It might be too late to salvage a winning season. Week 13 Power Rankings
Bears drop in Power Rankings
After moving into the top spot for the first time in school history, Baylor committed 29 turnovers in an 89-68 loss at West Virginia. The Bears came back to get a win over Kansas State, and will host Texas on Tuesday. Power Rankings
Rare to see NFC's top seed dethroned
Since 1990, the NFC's No. 1 seed has lost its playoff opener only five times, with the Cowboys doing so twice. Three of the previous four upset winners went on to win the Super Bowl, including the 2010 Packers. (ESPN Stats & Info)
Dak Prescott and the Cowboys said they got positive messages from Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett and will point toward getting better for 2017.
Rookie backfield falls short yet again
The 2016 Cowboys were the third playoff team in the Super Bowl era led by rookies in passing and rushing, joining the Colts and Redskins in 2012. Each of those teams lost its first playoff game. (ESPN Stats & Info)
As close as a game can get
After a series of blowouts to start this postseason, the Packers-Cowboys showdown at Jerry World proved to be the exact opposite. The two teams were in a virtual dead heat by several measures. (ESPN Stats & Info)
Pudge Rodriguez just misses on ESPN's ballot
ESPN's 17 Hall of Fame voters cast their ballots, and Ivan Rodriguez received 12 votes (70.6 percent). That missed the 75 percent threshold by only one vote. ESPN's HOF ballot
Sunday's heartbreaking loss has become an all too familiar feeling for Dallas, which has suffered several similar playoff defeats in the past decade.
Barea puts up numbers in a hurry
J.J. Barea dropped 16 points on 5-of-5 shooting with three rebounds and three assists in just 16 minutes on Sunday. Only one other Mavericks player has put up those numbers in less than 20 minutes, Elton Brand in 2013, notes the Elias Sports Bureau.
ESPN Stats and Information
Forty-five years ago today, the Cowboys defeated the Dolphins, 24-3 in Super Bowl VI. Roger Staubach was MVP with two TD passes (to Mike Ditka and Lance Alworth).