It was the first round, granted, but the win was more than a decade in the making, the circumstances blurring the reality of a first round win that would have been met with a sort of expectant, passing joy a decade previous.
But shortly after the fact, the question of the turnaround surfaced: "Will anyone be happy with one playoff win, even if it did entail prying a monkey of the team's collective back?" The team itself answered the question tacitly at first, by celebrating in a muted fashion their opening round win. Only later did they vocally confirm what seemed so obvious on Saturday night.
"Obviously, that win was huge last week, but I didn’t come here just to win a playoff game," said tight end Jason Witten on Wednesday, per ESPN Dallas. "A lot of people weren’t brought here just to win a playoff game."
The feeling isn't limited to current players, either. Troy Aikman, on a recent conference call (per the DMN Sports Media Blog), said that the Dallas Cowboys would be disappointed with "just winning a playoff game," a certain owner/general manager in particular.
"I can tell you there is an owner in Dallas who is not going to be thrilled," Aikman said of a potential loss. "I don't know if winning a playoff game satisfies anybody."