Cow­boys face big off­sea­son ques­tions

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Pro Football -

The epit­ome of the Dal­las Cow­boys’ ground game woes on both sides came in the fourth quar­ter Satur­day.

Dal­las was down 23-15 and on the Rams 35 when run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1. Los An­ge­les then went on a 12-play, 65yard touch­down drive where all but two plays were runs. “They dom­i­nated us up front, we didn’t get any move­ment,” said El­liott about the fourth-down play.

The big­gest off­sea­son ques­tion on con­tracts for the core of the Dal­las of­fense is whether quar­ter­back Dax Prescott gets an ex­ten­sion be­fore the fi­nal year of his four-year rookie deal.

The Cow­boys are all but cer­tain to ex­er­cise the fifthyear op­tion on El­liott, which would take him through 2020.

“We’ll treat this sea­son just like those past sea­sons,” safety Jeff Heath said in a de­serted locker room Sun­day.

“It’s a tough les­son to learn ... of just how switched on you have to be in a game like that and how the mar­gin for er­ror’s so small when you’re on the road in the play­offs.”

Charg­ers

The daugh­ter of de­fen­sive line­man Bran­don Mebane was re­mem­bered be­fore Los An­ge­les’ play­off game against New Eng­land. The Pa­tri­ots asked fans to stand and ob­serve a mo­ment of si­lence for Makenna Mebane, who was born with a rare ge­netic con­di­tion known as Tri­somy 13. She died Jan. 3 at the age of 7 weeks. “We ap­pre­ci­ated the Pa­tri­ots or­ga­ni­za­tion,” safety Jahleel Ad­dae said after the game Sun­day. “They’re a first-class, stand-up or­ga­ni­za­tion to do such a thing; they didn’t have to. I know he ap­pre­ci­ates it and we ap­pre­ci­ate it as well.”

Chiefs

A random act of kind­ness net­ted AFC cham­pi­onship tick­ets for a man named Dave who helped dig Kansas City Chiefs of­fen­sive line­man Jeff Allen out of the snow. Allen posted on Twit­ter that his car got stuck as he was head­ing to Ar­row­head Sta­dium Satur­day. Allen says “a nice guy named Dave,” who didn’t know he is a Chief, got him back on the road. The Chicago na­tive asked his 21,000-plus fol­low­ers to help him track down the Good Sa­mar­i­tan so he could re­ward him with tick­ets. On Sun­day, Allen tweeted that he has found the real Dave “de­spite the re­cent in­flux in peo­ple chang­ing their name to Dave in the KC area lol.”

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