Three years running the Dallas Cowboys have been on the doorstep of the playoffs but have been unable to cross the threshold. In 2011, it was Eli Manning and the New York Giants who were able to hold off Tony Rom and company in Week 17, eventually defeating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Two years ago, rookie sensation Robert Griffin III led the Washington Redskins to a home victory over the Cowboys, with a Romo interception late in the game sealing the deal. And last year, Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles toppled Dallas, taking the NFC East crown and sending the Cowboys packing.
But hope is renewed in 2014 and the Cowboys believe they have the strongest unit in recent memory. During the offseason, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys brass shored up the offensive line and they hope youngsters on the defensive side of the ball will be ready to take the next step after a year of seasoning.
It will not be an easy beginning, as the Cowboys kick off the season with a big home matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners have had their own struggles over the past few years, falling in the NFC Championship game twice and succumbing to the Ravens two years ago in the Super Bowl. For fans looking to attend the home opener, Dallas Cowboys tickets begin at $152 and currently have an average ticket price of $432.