Most were specifically coming after McCarthy for allowing offensive coordinator to call a quarterback draw up the middle of the field with only 14 seconds left on the clock. Time expired before Dak Prescott could get another snap off for one final attempt at a game-tying touchdown.
It was the Cowboys first playoff game since the 2018 season and McCarthy’s first playoff game since he coached the Green Bay Packers in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game in January 2017.
McCarthy said he wasn’t worried about his job security.
“I don’t have any concerns,” he said. “I’m proud to be standing here today. I’m proud of my football team.”
It’s hard to believe Mike McCarthy won a Super Bowl. It really speaks to Aaron Rodgers’s greatness.
— Robert Flores (@RoFlo) January 17, 2022
Did Kellen Moore call that QB draw in an effort to get Mike McCarthy fired so he can get the head job?
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) January 17, 2022
fire Mike McCarthy and Kellen Moore
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) January 17, 2022
I would fire McCarthy just for the breathtaking lack of discipline that his team has had all season long.
The game management stuff is bad enough, but his dudes just cannot play smart in key situations.
— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) January 17, 2022
I’m sorry but Mike McCarthy should be fired!!
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) January 17, 2022
The most McCarthy ending in the history of McCarthy endings.
— Andy Herman (@AndyHermanNFL) January 17, 2022
Mike McCarthy after the fake punt pic.twitter.com/8mML8zQDW8
— Steven Ruiz (@theStevenRuiz) January 17, 2022
The most Mike McCarthy ending ever pic.twitter.com/1osqhutOXY
— Barstool Sportsbook (@BSSportsbook) January 17, 2022
They sold this game on nostalgia and they got it: The Cowboys not being ready to go for a 4:30 Sunday playoff game and Mike McCarthy not knowing what to do with anything. That's the football I remember. Traditions.
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) January 16, 2022
GAME ON THE LINE
41 YARD LINE
Mike McCarthy: pic.twitter.com/kCzGlLUgmv
— Bet The Pigskin (@betthepigskin) January 17, 2022
One of the dumbest performances and teams I can ever remember.
This may actually get McCarthy fired.
— Shan Shariff (@1053SS) January 17, 2022
Nickelodeon just absolutely burying McCarthy pic.twitter.com/54dJGtAa9h
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) January 17, 2022
Cowboys fans we can all agree on Mike McCarthy costing this team. From October. pic.twitter.com/4wjht0rx0f
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) January 17, 2022
How can everyone love Kellen Moore and talk about his as a potential HC candidate, and then blame McCarthy for every bad offensive play call. Either it’s McCarthy’s offense, or it’s Moore’s. Can’t pick and choose based on results.
— Mitchell Schwartz (@MitchSchwartz71) January 17, 2022
I'm told OC Kellen Moore called the QB run and Mike McCarthy was on the headset to OK it. Not either's finest hour. Dak should have checked off. I don't get any of it.
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) January 17, 2022