EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Jerry Jones said he thought the Cowboys would advance to the playoffs right up until the final minutes of Sunday night’s 31-14 loss to the Giants.
With the NFC East title at stake, the Cowboys fell behind 21-0 in the first half. They rallied to pull within 21-14 with about 10 minutes left in the game, but the Giants (9-7) scored 10 unanswered points in the final 5 minutes to advance to the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 4 seed.
The Cowboys (8-8) finished third in the NFC East for the second straight season.
“What is nothing to fool yourself about is that we’re 8-8,” Jones said. “We’ve got to do better than that.
“We had an opportunity to step up here and win a ballgame and go into the playoffs that I thought we would win. I am very surprised that we didn’t win it, but I accept the fact that whatever it is that we don’t have or didn’t do, we’ve got to look to get better.”
The Cowboys have won only one playoff game in the past 15 seasons. Since claiming that win af