For Cowboys and Texans fans watching from home, that must sting a little.
Cowboys fans who hated Wade Phillips when he was the head coach in Dallas have had to watch as he's been responsible for the rebirth of the Houston Texans' defense. Now that he's been tapped to serve as the team's interim head coach while Gary Kubiak recovers from a mini-stroke, those fans are doing some gloating on Twitter.
The legendary Houston Oilers coach "spent every waking moment as the personification of all things Texan."
The Texans lost to the Baltimore Ravens, but it was still the franchise's best-ever season. And they're still better than the Cowboys.
The end of a rivalry, the beginning of a franchise affair, and championships won (and lost) made 2011 a year to remember.