As much as the Dallas Cowboys are excited about the opportunity to win the NFC East title in the win or go home showdown against the Giants this Sunday, there is certainly frustration among Cowboys fans, if not the players themselves, that this has not already been taken care of.
Consider that the Cowboys have lost five games in which they have blown fourth quarter leads, including two in the month of the December to the Lions and Giants to along with early season fourth-quarter meltdowns to the Jets, Lions and Patriots.
If they win any two of those games, they would have already clinched a playoff berth and wouldn’t be facing the possibility of not making the playoffs at all.
Coach Jason Garrett and his players say they only focus in the opportunity before than, not the ones they let slip away.
"We’re excited about the opportunity," coach Jason Garrett said. "Like a lot of teams in this league, you play 15 games up to this point. A lot of things go your way and some things don’t go your way. For us, things have gone our way enough to give us this chance. You can look back at the successes that we had that maybe we shouldn’t have had and maybe some of the disappointments we’ve had that maybe we shouldn’t have had. That’s the Giants. That’s every team in this league. What we need to do is put our best foot forward this week, prepare as well as we can prepare individually as players and coaches and put our best foot forward. It’s going to be a great challenge; it’s going to be a great night."
Said defensive Marcus Spears:
"It’s not frustrating. This is where we are. I think if you get frustrated about things we can’t control, that we aren’t in the playoffs already, we can’t do anything about that. This game has a lot to do with that, though. That’s what we are focused on. I think if you have the mentality that you need to go get a win and that you need to prepare the right way this week, then that’s what is going to put you in the driver’s seat to win this ball game. Thinking about where we are and where we aren’t, that’s not going to help us come Sunday because the Giants aren’t going to be concerned with that either."
Marcus Spears talks about focusing on the task at hand, and not worrying about what "could have" or "should have" been.