25 Most Disappointing 1 Seeds In NFL Playoff History: 20. 2016 Dallas Cowboys
Ah, the Dallas Cowboys. The most recent Dallas Cowboys The team was coming off one of their worst seasons in a long time. Tony Romo dealt with injuries, and the Cowboys won just four games. Then, in the 2016 preseason, Romo had a break in his back and would miss part of the season again. That left the Cowboys starting fourth-round rookie Dak Prescott. They also had Ezekiel Elliott, who they took with the fourth-overall pick in the NFL Draft that year.
This team was too young, and the expectations weren’t there. However, the Cowboys were scoring at will, and the young offense was really working. After losing their first game to the Giants, the Cowboys won 11 games in a row.
They went into the playoffs as the top seed in the NFC. The Cowboys fans were still trying to quell expectations, but it’s hard not to think of Super Bowl after a 13-win season. They were facing the Green Bay Packers in the first round, a team they beat by two touchdowns in Week 6. They did that in Lambeau Field, so winning in Dallas should be a piece of cake.
It didn’t work out that way. The Packers built a pretty steady lead, holding a 28-17 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Cowboys drew up a furious comeback. They scored 18 points in the final quarter to tie the game, but the Packers had one more trick up their sleeve. They raced down the field and put Mason Crosby into field goal range. He hit the game winner with just three seconds left, and the Cowboys playoff woes continued.