The Dallas Cowboys have been on the other side of the script as they take on the San Francisco 49ers. Back in 2016, Dallas was led by rookie Dak Prescott and faced a talented contender led by Aaron Rodgers for a chance to play in the NFC Championship.
Dallas entered the playoffs as the hottest team in football, winning 13 regular season games. Prescott was a late-round draft selection that took over at starting quarterback due to injuries. In the end, despite a furious second half rally, the magic ended in the Divisional Round.
This year, the San Francisco 49ers are on a similar path. Brock Purdy took over at quarterback due to injury, and the 49ers are the hottest team in the NFL. However, a veteran Prescott and a talented Cowboys team stands in the way of San Francisco advancing past the Divisional Round.
Dak needs to do to Brock Purdy what Aaron Rodgers did to him in 2016— Kevin Turner (@ktfuntweets) January 17, 2023
Dallas is obviously hoping that they are playing the role of the Green Bay Packers this time around. That would mean that the Cowboys would be putting an end to the Purdy Magic and advancing to the NFC Title for the first time since the 90s.
It’s all right there for the taking. And the Dallas Cowboys are well-aware of that fact.
“We’re craving a Super Bowl. (The 49ers) are in the way of that,” safety Jayron Kearse said this week.
There is no shortage of confidence on the Cowboys’ side of things. Dallas knows how good they can be, and they are aware of the kind of threat that the San Francisco 49ers present to them.
Cowboys oozing with confidence
The Cowboys enter Sunday’s matchup with the 49ers as a four-point underdog. Both teams are coming off resounding wins on Wildcard Weekend. Dallas knocked off Tom Brady, while San Francisco eliminated their divisional foe, the Seattle Seahawks.
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy has no problem playing the underdog role this weekend. In fact, he stated that the team is “very confident” heading into the showdown.
“We’re the underdog? By 4? Wow. OK,” said McCarthy. “Divisional round, so, no, we’re very confident. I think there’s an underdog in all of us as you thrive and strive through this business.”
Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn believes that it comes down to the Cowboys playing their game and setting the tone. Quinn had his group ready to go versus Tom Brady and should have an effective game plan in store for Brock Purdy.
“We’ve got to do what we do and kick ass at the highest fashion with our speed, with our takeaways, with our tackling. And really just play to our style,” Quinn said. “I’d imagine if we do that, we’ll let the results take care of themselves.’’
Parsons echoed a similar sentiment. He is looking forward to playing his his game and impacting the 49ers as much as possible.
“I don’t want to go out there and try to outcompete the 49ers. They’re gonna beat my ass if I play their game. I’m going to play my game,” said Parsons. “I’m gonna bring my strengths and what I bring to the table. They’re gonna bring their strengths. Let’s just battle it out.”
Dallas has the chance to flip the script and advance in the NFL Playoffs. The locker room appears to be ready for the moment to do just.
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