The Cowboys could've clinched an NFC East title with a win over the Colts. Instead, they had their first shutout since 2003.
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In Sunday’s 23-0 loss to the Colts, the Cowboys were held without a point for first time since Week 11 of 2003 season, a streak of 243 straight games. Three teams had longer active streaks than the Cowboys entering Sunday: the Saints (269 games), Ravens (267) and Panthers (258).
Fresh off a Week 14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in which the offense gained 576 yards, Dallas had just over half that amount Sunday. The Cowboys gained 292 total yards. Elliott didn't necessarily perform poorly, but his 87 rushing yards were below his season average (97.1).
The normally stout Dallas defense allowed Marlon Mack to enjoy a career day (139 rushing yards and two touchdowns).
All isn't lost for the Cowboys, so they shouldn't dwell on Sunday's loss for too long. At 8-6, they're still first in the NFC East with winnable games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants to close out the regular season.
Elliott remained positive Sunday, arguing the nature of the defeat will have gotten the players refocused.
"I think a loss like this was very much needed," he said. "I think it's better for us in the grand scheme of the season, and I think we needed to get put in check. I think we needed a reality check and we needed a reminder that we still have a lot of ball left."
Dallas' poor Week 15 performance did, however, blunt some of the momentum the team generated during its five-game winning streak.