Cowboys Weekend Riffing: Winning in Los Angeles will require… – The Athletic

170 days since training camp opened in Oxnard, 23 days until Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta, and just one more day until the divisional round battle in Los Angeles against the Rams…

The time has come for the Dallas Cowboys to bump up against their ceiling again. Or perhaps break right through it.

They have appeared in the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs five times since Super Bowl 30. Five times they have ended their season right then and there. It has been a source of much frustration and even embarrassment. 23 different teams (72% of the NFL) have won in the divisional rounds since 1996, but the most popular, most watched, and most valuable franchise — one that can literally buy anything but playoff wins — is on the outside looking in.  (thanks,

Each of those five defeats have featured their own brand of agony: Two fourth-quarter Aikman interceptions in Charlotte, Patrick Crayton’s drop and Cabo San Lucas, Marc…

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