A lot of people thought that the Dallas Cowboys would implode against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the playoffs. Instead, they dominated and now travel to face the San Francisco 49ers.

This will be the biggest test of the season for the Cowboys not just because it’s the postseason but because the 49ers are the hottest team in the NFL having won their final 10 regular season games. However, Cowboys’ safety Jayron Kearse, isn’t trying to hear any of that and relayed this message to the 49ers.

“We want to win it all,” Kearse said. “We’re craving a Super Bowl. (The 49ers) are in the way of that.”

Talk about keeping it real.

The 49ers were in the Cowboys way a season ago in the playoffs. Things didn’t go as planned for the Cowboys as their defense gave up 169 yards rushing and offensively, they only managed seven points in the first three quarters (17 for the game). To make matters worse, there’s the failed spiking of the football as time ran out.

When it was known that the Cowboys and 49ers were going to lock horns in last year’s playoffs many felt the nostalgia of those classic 90s battles, when Dallas and San Francisco met for the NFC Championship in three consecutive seasons (1992-1994). So, with the current version of these franchises meeting on the battlefield for round two, the rivalry seems to have picked up some steam again.

The Cowboys have the ultimate motivation, revenge for having their promising 2021 campaign end without a single playoff victory. Quarterback Dak Prescott, fresh off of carving up the Buccaneers’ defense like a hot knife through butter in the first round, sent a message of his own when asked if he wanted to play the 49ers.

“Most definitely I did,” Prescott said. “I think this whole team did. 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.”

The line has been drawn in the sand, the only left to do is kick the ball off.

Feature image via Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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