Change is needed for Cowboys after ending season with offensive thud vs. 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The last play of the season had running back Ezekiel Elliott at center. He was snapping the ball to quarterback Dak Prescott with four offensive linemen

to his left. The referee announced Elliott wasn’t eligible to catch the ball. Prescott’s last throw of the day went to returner KaVontae Turpin, who after catching the pass

was knocked to the ground, ending Sunday’s NFC Divisional Round game. “That obviously wasn’t the plan,” coach Mike McCarthy said of the final throw. The 49ers are

moving on to the NFC Championship Game after a feisty 19-12 victory at Levi’s Stadium. The final sequence of the Cowboys’ season was a mess and it symbolized their offense

after running back Tony Pollard went down with a leg injury late in the first half. Pollard suffered a high ankle sprain and a fractured fibula in the loss, a person with

knowledge of the injury told The Dallas Morning News. A timetable for his return won’t be determined until Pollard undergoes surgery, but a four-month timeframe is reasonable.

All Prescott had on Sunday was receiver CeeDee Lamb. Once again, Lamb proved he’s a No. 1 receiver. He caught 10 passes for 117 yards. But no touchdowns. Everyone else

was a ghost. Sure, Prescott threw three passes to receiver Michael Gallup, one of which was picked off. You could debate if Gallup should have fought for the ball instead of

allowing corner Deommodore Lenoir to jump in front of him to intercept it. “They all have their own story,” Prescott said of his interceptions, which ran the running total

to 17 for the 14 games he played this season, including playoffs.