'Ridiculous!' Says Dak As Cowboys Lose Playoffs at 49ers

Would Dak Prescott and Brett Maher contribute to a Cowboys "revenge'' playoff win at the 49ers? Or would they contribute ... in the opposite direction? SANTA CLARA,

Calif. - In the heart of hearts of Cowboys Nation, Sunday's second-round playoff visit at the San Francisco 49ers came with two fears. ... Would quarterback Dak Prescott win

the game ... or lose it? Would kicker Brett Maher win the game ... or lose it? The recent successes and foibles of "America’s Team'' are well-documented in both cases.

... and the answer is in, in the form of a 19-12 loss. "Ridiculous!'' Prescott said of his ever-bulging interception total, which will now stop bulging, finally, because the

season is dead. “I’ve got to be better. No other way to sugarcoat it.” All too bad, because the Cowboys defense was largely successful in containing the Niners' array of

weapons, and there were plenty of times when Dallas made seventh-round rookie QB Brock Purdy look like ... well, a seventh-round rookie. And in that sense, this outing at

Levi's Stadium took on some of the air of the classic Cowboys-Niners playoff rivalry. ... as the Cowboys had the ball down seven with three minutes remaining.  Except

...  Dak's first-down throw was almost intercepted, his second-down deep ball was incomplete, and he was sacked on third down. And that was that. Well, there was

one more last-gasp, but it also showed no promise. And then, officially, that was that, Dak's fine playoff game last week in Tampa (305 yards and four TDs passing plus a

rushing TD) a matter of record ...