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It starts with the greatest quarterback of all time, who’s never lost to the Dallas Cowboys.
When the Dallas Cowboys lost Dak Prescott for the season early in 2020, it put a hold on fully evaluating Mike McCarthy as the right head coach to get the Cowboys deeper into the playoffs. Fast forward to week one of 2021, and a healthy Prescott is making his return against the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady.
Some considered this game the start of a reset year for McCarthy, and at the end of four quarters all of the following was true:
Tom Brady remained undefeated against the Dallas Cowboys (a record we all thought he happily took into retirement a few months ago)
The last-second loss felt familiar to many Cowboys fans and many wondered if the team could turn the corner in big games.
That 29-point output would have been a welcome sight later in the year as the Cowboys offense became inconsistent. They feasted on NFC opponents at times, but struggled in some important games including the playoff game.