2017: The Cowboys tried valiantly to save a frustrating season — which feels awfully familiar right now. Of course, as up and down as 2019 has been, it doesn't come close to the drama we saw in 2017, with Ezekiel Elliott's ongoing suspension saga, not to mention injuries to the likes of Tyron Smith and Sean Lee. December started off in fantastic fashion, as Dak Prescott guided the Cowboys to a road win against the Giants, thanks in large part to a huge day from Rod Smith. They followed that up with a dramatic road win in Oakland, which saw Gene Steratore use a note card to designate a crucial first down, and Jeff Heath force a Derek Carr fumble through the end zone to preserve a 20-17 win. That set the stage for Elliott's return, just in time for a winner-take-all showdown against the Seahawks, with the victor securing a playoff spot. The Cowboys fell flat, to put it kindly. They struggled to move the ball and they didn't score a touchdown. When Dan Bailey missed a 48-yard field goal with time winding down, it put the nail in the coffin of a lost season. It also set the stage for another meaningless Week 17 game against the Eagles. The Cowboys won this time, helping Garrett avoid the ignominy of a fourth 8-8 season.