Dallas Cowboys versus San Francisco 49ers with a spot on the NFC Championship Game on the line. It doesn’t get much better than that.
The Cowboys and 49ers are both coming off dominant playoff wins on Wildcard Weekend. Dallas easily handled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while San Francisco eventually blew out the Seattle Seahawks. Which now sets up a showdown between two of the most iconic franchises in the NFL.
There is no shortage of motivation inside the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room. Dallas remembers what happened last season, where San Francisco controlled the game against the Cowboys in the playoffs at AT&T Stadium. That is driving this team heading into Sunday’s matchup.
In fact, this is the opponent that Dak Prescott wanted. He, and the rest of the team, is looking forward to the opportunity to avenge last season’s playoff defeat.
“Most definitely I did. I think this whole team did,” Prescott said about wanting to take on the 49ers. “Obviously, using that loss last year as a motivation and just kind of the focal point, I guess, of the resiliency that we carried into the offseason.”
Motivation for Cowboys
Micah Parsons on if the Cowboys have faced an offense with as many weapons as the 49ers have. “No. But I don’t think they’ve faced anyone like us yet this year, either.” He added that people often focus on opponent. “I think we’re pretty hard to stop ourselves.” pic.twitter.com/uWJNxMHQfl— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) January 19, 2023
And it’s not just Dak Prescott that has been vocal about the motivation this week. Cowboys phenom Micah Parsons is not shy about his eagerness to get another shot at the 49ers in a must-win game.
“I’m super excited. This is who I wanted,” said Parsons. “If this is the three-headed dragon, we need to cut one of the heads off. Either way, you’re gonna meet them at some point. Are you gonna be ready for your moment? I’d rather it now than later.”
“I don’t think they’ve faced nobody like us yet this year,” he said.
Dallas has been thinking about this moment since the clock ran out in last season’s defeat. The team had had this circled for a year, and they are ready for another shot at San Francisco.
“We want to win it all. We’re craving a Super Bowl,” said safety Jayron Kearse. “(The 49ers) are in the way of that.”
The stage is set for the Dallas Cowboys to avenge what happened a year ago and advance one step closer to the Super Bowl.
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