Opinion: Dallas Cowboys dealt another reality check in playoff exit

LOS ANGELES – So this is how it ends for the Dallas Cowboys.

The rising defense gets run out of town. Ezekiel Elliott gets stuffed – even on a crucial fourth-and-one. The weirdest calls go the wrong way. Hope is put on the shelf until next season.

Rams 30, Cowboys 22.

The Cowboys, with some of the NFL’s best young talent and two division titles in three years, may believe they can envision a championship run from here. But until proven otherwise, what a mirage.

“We can grow, and we have to learn from our experiences,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett contended.

Here’s a real-time reality check: The divisional round of the playoffs is Dallas’ glass ceiling.

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