McALLEN — As the night wore on, the exclamations of excitement turned to groans of frustration and exasperated expletives.
Many of the fans at the Dallas Cowboys watch party on Saturday night at Suerte Bar and Grille on 17th Street were expecting more from their team.
The Cowboys started the season sluggishly, going 3-5, but then America’s Team went on an impressive run, reeling off five straight wins en route to earning a playoff berth.
That all came to an end Saturday, as the Dallas Cowboys lost their NFC Divisional playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams, 30-22.
The frustration reached a fever pitch as the game ended with the Cowboys down by a single score.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, whom many of the fans at Suerte were on a first name basis with, was lamented throughout the night.
Every call was questioned by the Cowboys’ faithful.
While the frustration hung in the air throughout the night, after the game ended, good times resumed in the venue, as many Cowboys fans shook off the loss with a night out on the town.
Cans with the Cowboys logo were a prominent feature throughout the night.
The Rams took a lead early, and led by two scores for the majority of the game. A third-quarter touchdown brought Suerte and the patrons to life temporarily, but the Rams responded with a score, seemingly ending Cowboys fans’ hopes of a comeback.
The Cowboys scored late in the fourth quarter, again bringing forth a huge reaction from the crowd, but there simply wasn’t enough time for the Cowboys to come back.
Over the last few years, the young core for the Cowboys of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott has excited fans about the future of the franchise. But, suspensions and injuries have mired the first few years of the new era. That is why this year felt so special to Cowboys fans. Everything came together. A midseason trade for receiver Amari Cooper gave the team a new breath of life and energy.
Cowboys fans said Saturday that this is the best the team has looked in years.
The Rams were dominant throughout the year, and with young players like Todd Gurley II and Jared Goff leading the offense, their potential is hard to deny.
The Rams move on to face the winner of the Sunday’s NFC matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints. The Cowboys, meanwhile, head into the offseason, but with their young core still intact, and hope for the future still bright.