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Jerry Jones Blames Footwear for Cowboys' Playoff Loss

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The Dallas Cowboys’ season ended Saturday with a 30-22 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC divisional playoffs. The Cowboys just couldn’t get any traction against the Rams.

Literally, according to owner Jerry Jones.

In his weekly appearance on KRLD-FM in Dallas, Jones said the field conditions at Los Angeles Coliseum were slick, adding that his team would have fared better with different cleats.

“I’ve had the benefit of the tape, looking at the tape, the evaluation by both scouts as well as the coaches,” Jones said on the radio show Tuesday. “We frankly had never gotten traction. And I mean that literally.”

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“That was a slippery field. If I had to do it over again, we would be really scrutinizing our footwear. Our cleats. We had trouble digging in, so to speak,” he added.

Do you think the Cowboys would have defeated the Rams if they had different cleats?

The Cowboys owner said he was not making excuses, but …

“Well you say, ‘That’s an excuse.’ It is not because not only physically but we had trouble digging in with just the effectiveness of our defense. And we did not stop them, and we did not stop the run,” Jones told KRLD.

While it did rain before the game, the field was covered by a tarp.

The field did not impact the Rams, who ran roughshod over the Cowboys.

The Cowboys had the league’s fifth-best defense against the run, allowing just 94.6 yards per game on the ground this year.

Against the Rams, however, Dallas gave up 273 yards rushing.

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Backup running back C.J. Anderson gained 123 yards on 23 carries, while Todd Gurley had 115 yards on 16 carries.

The NFL’s leading rusher, the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott, had just 47 rushing yards on 20 carries.

The Rams obviously had the right type of cleats.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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