Three decades ago, when the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers faced each other in the Playoffs, the winner of that game would become the Super Bowl champion two weeks later. Thus were the three consecutive NFC championships contested by both teams.
Now, the rivalry is growing again and although they will not face each other for the National Conference title, next Sunday’s Divisional Game against the Niners is by far the most anticipated by NFL fans because of what both teams represent. And one who is looking forward to it is Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons.
He’s confident they can beat the 49ers on the road
A year ago in the Wild Card round, the Niners visited the Cowboys and beat them on the road. Today the roles are reversed and Dallas visits the Bay looking for revenge, and as Micah Parsons told reporters at The Star on Thursday, “the bigger the stage, the bigger the player.”
Parsons said something that some pundits have pointed out and while it’s bold, it’s true: “I don’t think they’ve faced anyone like us.” Dallas comes out as a 4-point underdog, which Parsons is grateful for because, he says, the pressure isn’t on them.
“We hear what everybody says,” he says. “We hear it: ‘No way the Cowboys are going to win, no way.’ You should love that stuff. When nobody believes in you, that’s the best feeling. When you’re straight down at the bottom, you can only go up. I really like being the modest one,” he said.
49ers are loaded with talent, he admits
Parsons knows and admits that the 49ers are a team loaded with talent and stars, “but I don’t think they’ve faced anyone like us this year either,” he said.
Micah refers to the fact that, during the regular season, San Francisco did not face many teams with a high level, and even lost to Falcons, Broncos and Bears, teams that ended the year with a losing record.
Dallas lost to Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Jacksonville and Washington. Packers and Commanders were fighting until the last few weeks for a Playoff berth, and the others got into the postseason.
“I don’t want to go out there and try to beat the 49ers. I’m going to get my butt kicked if I play their game. I’m going to play my game. I’m going to bring my strengths and what I bring. They’re going to bring their strengths. We’re going to battle,” he said.
“I think it’s very hard to stop ourselves. That’s what we have to focus on: not beating ourselves,” he concluded.