Five years ago, the Green Bay Packers parted ways with Mike McCarthy after an embarrassing loss at home to the Arizona Cardinals. The Packers may have just cost him his job again.
Green Bay humiliated McCarthy's Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card Round, handing them a 48-32 defeat in their own stadium. And the game was far more one-sided than the scoreline suggests.
The Packers found the end zone seven times, six from the offense against the Cowboys' excellent defense. Jordan Love threw three, Aaron Jones had three of his own, and Darnell Savage made a pick-six before halftime.
Love officially arrived with this performance, a game that draws parallels to the Packers' 48-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons during the Super Bowl run in 2010.
Packers blowout win over Cowboys could cost Mike McCarthy his job
The Cowboys were the No. 2 seed, having won all of their home games. They finished in the top five for scoring offense and defense. This was the year to make a Super Bowl run. Suffering a first-round exit to the No. 7-seeded Packers is one thing, but getting blown out is another.
With several excellent head coach candidates available, including Bill Belichick, it seems unlikely McCarthy will return to Dallas after such an embarrassing playoff exit at home.
If this is the end for McCarthy, it's a sad way for him to go. Packers fans have nothing but love for McCarthy after everything he achieved during his time in Green Bay. He enjoyed a great run and brought a ton of success to this franchise.
However, McCarthy has taken Dallas into the postseason with three straight 12-win seasons, but his team has failed in the playoffs, twice going one-and-done.
This was a disaster for the Cowboys. It was the perfect night for the Packers, but one that could cost their former head coach his job.