The Dallas Cowboys are officially headed for the Bay Area after taking care of business on Monday night against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And you can bet they'll be looking to extract a level of revenge against the team that knocked them out of last year's postseason in unceremonious fashion.
For Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who drew particular criticism from fans and pundits alike for his performance in that fateful game last year, this one is personal for him.
“[For] me and this team, that’s a scar,” Prescott said Monday after the Cowboys eliminated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the final game of Super Wild Card Weekend. “That one hurts. It will hurt for the rest of my career, and it will be a motivation throughout my career, just to make sure I’m preparing the right way, leaving no doubt in the preparation.
“So just being able to get [the 49ers] again … this thing’s set up just for us -- playing teams that have beat us, teams that we’re familiar with. So it’s important for us now, as I said, to capitalize on this preparation, take it one day at a time and make sure we’re ready to go as we work for this one.”
Prescott certainly sounds motivated to right the wrong of last year, and based on his performance on Monday night against Tampa, the 49ers should probably start getting worried.
“We’ve got to start fast, knowing the team that [the 49ers] have, the offense that they have,” Prescott said. “They’re on fire. Win streak, I guess, what, the longest in the league right now? Yeah, it’ll be important for us to start fast, get on top of them.
“I know the pass rushers they’ve got, but, once again, I’m so confident in the guys that I’ve got, this group we have and what we’re capable of doing.”