The season for the Dallas Cowboys once again ends prematurely at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, and they're heading into another offseason of uncertainty. There are several high profile free agents on the roster who may not be back for next season, while the coaching staff is almost certainly going to be looking different.
However, head coach Mike McCarthy is apparently going nowhere. According to comments made immediately after the game by Cowboys general manager and owner Jerry Jones, McCarthy's job is safe - but that doesn't take away the sting of the loss.
"No, no. Not at all," Jones responded when asked if the loss would affect McCarthy's job security. "Their decision for our kicker was exonerated with his field goals in my mind and I'm glad for him, but this is sickening to not win tonight."
He did appear to take a slight jab at the two costly turnovers in the form of interceptions thrown by quarterback Dak Prescott, who struggled with turnovers all season.
“Frankly, turnovers do settle the score with games like that," Jones said. "I’m so disappointed for our fans. We’ve got a locker room full of sick players.”
It's certainly going to be an interesting offseason for Dallas, who were once again a force in the NFC East division but were unable to come through when it truly mattered.