Cowboys clinch playoff berth regardless of OT loss to Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE — The Dallas Cowboys misplaced 40-34 in additional time to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday however nonetheless clinched a playoff spot later within the day after the Washington Commanders fell 20-12 at house to the New York Giants.

The consequence means Dallas will likely be within the playoffs in back-to-back years for the primary time since 2006-07, and it is the primary time the group may have the identical coach (Mike McCarthy) main it within the postseason in back-to-back years since 1998-99 (Chan Gailey).

The loss to the Jaguars, nonetheless, does make the possibilities of successful the NFC East that a lot tougher because the 13-1 Philadelphia Eagles will now must lose their final three regular-season video games.

“This is about momentum right now heading into the postseason,” quarterback Dak Prescott stated. “Sure, we lost, but there was a lot of good in this game too, so it’s about just continuing to push forward and understanding the men that we have in this locker room and understanding what we’ve done up to this point and the foundation that we’ve laid and just continue to try and grow and get out of these errors.

“Whether or not it is my interceptions or no matter it could be, get rid of the dangerous, construct on the nice and create momentum heading into the postseason.”

Sunday marked the beginning of the second three-games-in-12-days stretch for the Cowboys this season. They opened the first one with an overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers, then beat the Minnesota Vikings and Giants.

After playing the Eagles on Christmas Eve, the Cowboys play at the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 29.

“I am upset, however in the identical breath we have a loopy schedule right here. Not loopy, however completely different we’re coping with,” McCarthy said. “We’ll check out it right here on the buses and aircraft, and once we contact down, we have to show the web page.”

There are plenty of things to correct when losing for the first time with a 17-point lead with Prescott at quarterback (30-1).

Prescott was picked off twice, including in overtime when safety Rayshawn Jenkins returned the interception for a game-winning touchdown. Prescott has 11 interceptions in nine starts this season. Last year, he had 10 interceptions on 596 pass attempts. His 11 picks this season, including eight in the past six games and at least one in four straight, have come on 281 pass attempts.

“I take each loss on the chin,” Prescott said. “I believe that is my job because the quarterback to place us in positions to win and get rid of the errors and the potential possibilities to permit them to attain after turnovers. That is what’s irritating about it. Whether or not it is a tipped ball, whether or not it is an unlucky interception, no matter it’s, all of them suck. And on the finish of the day, I received to do a greater job, and that is the place it’s.”

The Cowboys’ defense gave up a season-high 34 points, recorded just one sack and lost leading tackler Leighton Vander Esch to a neck injury in the first quarter. Jacksonville ran for 192 yards on 27 carries, and Trevor Lawrence threw four touchdown passes: three to Zay Jones, whose father, Robert Jones, was a linebacker on the Cowboys’ Super Bowl teams of the 1990s.

“I am not going to sit down right here and make excuses. I simply say we received to get higher,” linebacker Micah Parsons said. “No excuse mentality. We received to repair up our F ups and simply go from there.”

It starts next week against the Eagles.

“We perceive what kind of stress we put ourselves in and you already know we will be taught from it, get higher,” defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said. “Bought three extra video games of the common season. We simply received to ensure we win all of them.”