Playoff appearances have been very few and far between for Dallas over the past two decades. Playoff wins have been even harder to come by. The Dallas Cowboys have already checked both of those things off their list of accomplishments in 2018. They won the NFC East with a 10-6 record. This secured them a home game on wild card weekend. They took full advantage of playing at home in a wild and exciting 24-22 win over the Seattle Seahawks. The Dallas fans were in full throat for most of the game. The noise was deafening and really gave the Cowboys a big advantage at several key points in the game.
The Seahawks are not used to getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In fact, they had won their first playoff game the previous nine times they made the postseason. One of the keys to Dallas winning the game was the way they limited Seattle to only 73 yards rushing. Seattle running back Chris Carson had a huge game against Dallas earlier in the year. That was not the case this time. The game was also surprising because Seattle QB Russell Wilson did not try to run as much as he normally does. The Cowboys repeatedly took advantage of this fact by putting pressure on Wilson.
The Cowboys will not be facing the Rams in Los Angeles next Saturday. This will be by far the biggest test the Cowboys have faced this season. It will by interesting to see how the Dallas defense deals with the potent offense of the Rams led by Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones knows that his teams might not get many more chances like this to win the Super Bowl while he is alive. He is getting older. The recent death of Houston Texans owner Bob McNair made Jones realize his own mortality. Therefore, he has an urgency to win another title that he did not have before.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott believes that no team wants to face them in the playoffs. He also said after the win over the Seahawks that the Cowboys are not done. There is no question that the Cowboys are a very confident bunch these days. They have been tested many times this years when it looked like they were about to implode. However, they are still alive when many other teams are not.