The top 5 most painful losses in Dallas Cowboys history
3. 2006 Wild Card loss to the Seahawks – Fumbled Snaps and Misplaced Quarterbacks
Coming off a 9-7 season in 2005, the Cowboys reloaded for 2006 by signing several free agents, the biggest of which being Terrell Owens. Expectations were growing around the team, but after faltering to a less than spectacular start to the season, quarterback Drew Bledsoe would be replaced by little-known fourth-year backup Tony Romo.
Romo would take the team on an incredible run over the next six games, going 5-1. However, they slowed substantially over the last four, going 1-3. At a 9-7 record, the Cowboys made the postseason as the Wild Card team and were gearing up for a game against the Seahawks, hoping to recapture the Romo-magic that led them to the postseason.
The game was tooth and nail all the way through, but Romo had a chance to win it and erase the thoughts of failure towards the end of the season. With the Cowboys only one point down, Romo drove the Cowboys down the field and put them in position to take the lead with a chip-shot, 19-yard field goal.
Inexplicably, Romo was still on the field to hold the snaps for the field goal kicker. While Romo assumed those duties as a backup, the Cowboys never took him out of that role, a move they would soon regret when Romo would fumble the ensuing snap. The Cowboys quarterback attempted to make up for his mistake by picking the ball up and dashing towards the endzone, but he was tackled at the two-yard line. The game was over in heartbreaking fashion.
This game was one of the more painful games in Cowboys history, not just because it was lost on a disastrous fundamental mistake, but because the roster the Cowboys had built for this season was very good and could play with anyone.
I am of the firm belief that if the Cowboys won this game they could’ve made the 2006 Super Bowl. After all Romo did for this franchise, this will never be forgotten.