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Cowboys season at a glance

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The Associated Press | December 30, 2013 06:02 PM EST | AP

Best Game: The Cowboys only had one dominant win all season, 31-7 over St. Louis in Week 3. DeMarco Murray had a season-high 175 yards, and a mostly awful defense had its most sacks (six) and gave up its fewest yards (232).

Worst Game: Plenty to choose from, but the topper was a 49-17 loss at New Orleans. The Cowboys gave up an NFL-record 40 first downs and couldn't move the ball against the defense of Rob Ryan, who was fired by Dallas after last season.

Best Play: Tony Romo's fourth-down touchdown pass to Murray in the final 2 minutes at Washington kept Dallas' playoff hopes alive, and came after Romo had sustained a back injury that required surgery five days later.

Worst Play: Romo threw an interception when he switched out of a running play with Dallas in position to run out most of the clock with a 36-31 lead against the Packers. Green Bay went 50 yards for a touchdown.

Biggest Surprise: DT Jason Hatcher had journeyman-like numbers his first seven years in Dallas but led the team and more than doubled his career high with 11 sacks.

Biggest Disappointment: DE DeMarcus Ware had a career-low six sacks and missed games because of injury for the first time in his nine seasons.

What's Next: Romo is expected to be ready for offseason workouts in May. But he had two back surgeries in eight months and will be 34 when he takes his next snap. While it looks like coach Jason Garrett will return, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin could be out after Dallas allowed the most yards in franchise history.