The hard part begins

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Now the hard part begins. The hard part is the playoffs. The Dallas Cowboys finished the 2016-17 season with a 13 & 3 record after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in the regular season finale 27-13. As I said earlier in the season the Eagles play the Super Bowl twice a year when they play the Cowboys and too bad for Eagles’ fans they don’t hand out rings for beating the Cowboys. The hard part is getting your team ready to play in a meaningless game. The hard part is who sits and who plays. Head coach Jason Garrett decided not to play running back Ezekiel Elliott or linebacker Sean Lee. Quarterback Dak Prescott played two series. The first ending in a punt. I knew he couldn’t go out on that note. The second drive resulted in a field goal. Good time to take him out and put in Tony Romo. Romo looked sharp in his limited play. The hard part was Romo’s first pass to Terrance Williams. It looked like Williams didn’t expect the ball. Romo went 3 of 4 for 29 yards and a good looking touchdown pass to Williams putting the Cowboys up 10-3. I hoped Romo would play at least two series but it wasn’t meant to be. The hard part was watching the rest of the game. Mark Sanchez replaced Romo and threw two interceptions to Jordan Hicks in the second quarter. The second interception led to the game tying score just before halftime. Sanchez finished the game 9 of 17 for 85 yards and led the team to one field goal. I don’t think Sanchez or Romo will be with the Cowboys next season. The Cowboys defense made Zach Ertz look like a Pro Bowler. Ertz caught 13 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. There a lot of missed tackles and players that over ran the plays. Hopefully when the starters get into the game in two weeks the defense will show up. Defense wins championships. The hard part for the Cowboys will be the quarterbacks they have to see the rest of the way. The Cowboys will play the lowest seed left in the playoffs. Dallas will play Green Bay Packers, New York Giants or Detroit Lions at A.T. & T. Stadium on Sunday January 15th at 3:40 p.m. The Cowboys could face Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan or Russell Wilson during the playoffs. That is a tall order. The Cowboys have home field as long as they are in the playoffs. On the AFC side of the playoffs the New England Patriots have home field throughout the playoffs and will play either the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders or Miami Dolphins on Saturday January 14th at 7:15 p.m. Who are the quarterbacks for these teams? Super Bowl LI will take place on Sunday, February 5th at 5:30 p.m. at NRG Stadium in Houston. The hard part is a rookie quarterback winning at Lambeau Field and Heinz Field. The hard part is a rookie quarterback taking a team to the Super Bowl. It’s never happened. But, a lot of things have never happened before this season. The hard part would be rooting against Prescott and Elliott this season. It’s the easy part for someone that hates “America’s Team”. As for the college playoffs Alabama will play Clemson for the national title Monday in Tampa, Florida.

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