Troy Aikman Rips Cowboys' Game Plan vs. 49ers After CeeDee Lamb Held to 1 Catch

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 19, 2022

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31: Troy Aikman walks the field before the football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints at Caesar's Superdome on October 31, 2021 in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman had some unflattering comments on the team's 23-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Wild Card Round. 

During an appearance on 96.7 The Ticket, Aikman expressed his exasperation with how little Dallas involved CeeDee Lamb in the passing game:

Jon Machota @jonmachota

Troy Aikman on <a href="https://twitter.com/dfwticket?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@dfwticket</a> on Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb only having one catch vs. the 49ers: <a href="https://t.co/sdIZD8dmpx">pic.twitter.com/sdIZD8dmpx</a>

The 49ers allowed the sixth-fewest passing yards (206.5 per game) in the regular season. They were a more pedestrian 25th in opponent passer rating (97.0) and tied for 15th in yards per attempt allowed (7.1).

San Francisco's secondary was seemingly there for the taking. Dak Prescott finished 23-of-43 for 254 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Much of the postgame discourse has centered around Prescott's scramble in the waning seconds of regulation as Dallas attempted to get into position for a final attempt at the end zone. Lamb's usage in the defeat was just as puzzling.

The second-year wideout was targeted five times, catching one pass for 21 yards.

Aikman explained how his frustration extended beyond the Cowboys' game plan and applies to other teams around the league. But he undoubtedly hit on one of Dallas' failings in the playoffs.

Bob Sturm @SportsSturm

100%. The fact that this operation has their QB1, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb and cannot successfully find a way to make the passing game their bread and butter in situations against decent defenses like this is easily the biggest disappointment of it all. <a href="https://t.co/24jckeEa8w">https://t.co/24jckeEa8w</a>

David Moore @DavidMooreDMN

Random observation:<br><br>Eight players had more receptions than CeeDee Lamb in Sunday’s playoff game between Dallas &amp; San Francisco.<br><br>Lamb &amp; Tony Pollard are 2 of the Cowboys more explosive offensive threats. They combined to touch the ball 8 times for a total of 52 yards.

In the team's biggest game of the year, it's almost inexplicable how head coach Mike McCarthy and his staff couldn't get the ball into the hands of one of the Cowboys' best playmakers more frequently.