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Loss slaps Cowboys with reality

Even Jerry Jones is coming to grips with realization that playoffs are a pipe dream

Updated: November 23, 2012, 1:20 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The stench of mediocrity envelopes Jerry Jones' football team.

Jason Garrett is too busy sticking to his talking points about playing hard and building on the positives to acknowledge it publicly.

But that's OK, you don't need confirmation from the head coach to recognize losing football -- not when Garrett's team frequently puts on a wonderful display each week of just how to do it.

Pre-snap penalties, dumb penalties, turnovers, botched assignments, missed ...

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