There’s so much to cover from Monday night’s massive win in Tampa, it seems such a shame that the Cowboys were in a week so short before the next postseason showdown. We get an update on a few Dallas injuries, a look at Dak Prescott’s record-setting night, and some great context on what may have happened to Bret Maher on his pat attempts. We’ll go to the renewed play from a Cowboys veteran, ask if Tom Brady should be fined for unsportsmanlike behavior, and wonder if the Cowboys just ended the TB12 era in Tampa.
But we’re also looking forward to Sunday in San Francisco. Mike McCarthy has an interesting take on the Cowboys schedule, the Cowboys and 49ers are looking to add a class to their stored rivalry, and ticket prices for Sunday’s game are already skyrocketing. We’re talking job interviews for Dan Quinn…but also for a San Francisco assistant. We have a welcome update on Tampa Bay wide with Russell Gage, as we look back at the Cowboys’ wins in the form of post-game awards, analysis, tweets, and photos. All that and more in this edition of News & Notes.
foreign bodies on the K balls; A unique night for Maher :: The Mothership
Special teams coordinator John Vassell provided some great context for Maher’s foul. For starters, the referee took away a cut piece of white grass that Brian Unger was using as a marker for his carry, leaving the punter to draw it. Then two of the team’s kick balls went into the stands and were never recovered, leaving a practically new one outside the penalty area for use in the game. “It’s in no way an excuse, just very unique,” Vassel said Tuesday.
‘WE NEED A BRIT’: Cowboys Say They’ll Stand By Kicker Despite Terrible Night :: Cowboys Wire
He didn’t live up to his nickname “The Money” on Monday, but the Cowboys say they won’t make a change with Brett Maher. After hitting better than 90% on field goals and PATs all season, the kicker missed his first four extra points against Tampa Bay. “We need to get back at it this week, get him ready to go,” said Mike McCarthy.
Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott Silens the Critics with Career-Best Performance, Playoff Win :: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Pick your stats, and Dak Prescott set fire to Monday night. He set a Cowboys game record with five touchdowns. He completed 11 consecutive passes in the first half, the most consecutive completions in a Cowboys post-season game. And he topped out with 300 yards and four touchdowns, something no Dallas quarterback—not even Staubach or Aikman—has ever done in a playoff game.
Cowboy Injuries: Parsons and Keers provide positive updates; Team Definitely Concerned About Jason Peters :: CowboysWire
Jayron Kearse stated that his left knee felt “just fine” after what appeared to be a serious injury on Monday that required him to be helped off the field. Micah Parsons had to stop on the way to the locker room at the half, but finished off an epic game and said he was “excited for next week.” However, Jason Peters may have a more bleak prognosis after a hip injury ended his night early. ““We have a little hope that it might not be so serious,” said Jerry Jones. “BIt’s important to realize that he won’t be sitting here in his rookie year.”
Leighton Vander Esch is pivotal to the Cowboys defense in Wild Card: Inside the Star
In his first game after three downs, Vander Esch led the Cowboys defense with nine combined tackles, defended two passes, and was inches away from catching a Tom Brady pass. He’s on a one-year deal after Dallas turned down his option for a fifth year, but Wolf Hunter is playing him straight to a sweet new contract after an exciting season.
Tom Brady blasted for ‘sloppy play’ in Pirates’ wild loss to Cowboys :: New York Post
On what was thought to be a Chris Goodwin fumble in the second quarter, Brady was seen sliding into scrimmage with a leg extended and high, apparently attempting to trip Malik Hooker. Many took to social media to call the play “sloppy,” and some wondered if the legendary player would ever be fined by the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys’ Micah Parsons welcomes baby girl two days before NFL team wins wild card :: People
Quite the weekend for Parsons; He became a father for the second time. He welcomed a baby girl weighing seven pounds, one ounce into the world on Saturday. “It really caught me,” he told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt just moments after Monday night’s game ended.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage is out of the hospital after being injured in a game Monday night, team says :: CNN
The Tampa Bay wide receiver was immobilized and carted off the field late in Monday’s game after taking a blow to the neck. After spending the night at a local hospital, Gage was evaluated and released on Tuesday afternoon. He suffered a concussion upon the hit, but no other damage. His injury caused tense moments for players on both teams as the Cowboys won 31-14.
Cowboys-Buccaneers Post-Game Analysis, Coverage, and Awards :: Cowboys Wire
Mike McCarthy on the Cowboys Playoffs schedule: TV is king :: ProFootballTalk
The 49ers will take the field in Sunday’s Divisional game with over 48 hours more rest than the Cowboys, but Mike McCarthy understands that the postseason schedule isn’t built based on what’s fairest to the participating teams. “TV is king. What are you going to say?” McCarthy said. “I think it would serve us well. We would have less sleep, and we would be grumpy.”
From Doomsday Defense to The Catch: Recapping Cowboys-49ers Matchup History: Dallas Morning News
Of the previous eight postseason meetings between the Cowboys and 49ers, six came with the NFC Championship on the line. From Staubach to Dwight Clark to “How” about them Cowboys? To Deion Sanders to the botched rally at the end of the game last year, these two teams always manage to create high drama when they clash in the playoffs.
Want a playoff ticket for the 49ers vs. the Cowboys? Getting Ready to Pony: San Francisco Chronicle
As of Tuesday afternoon, a room-only ticket at Levi’s Stadium was about $450. A seat in the upper reaches? About $500. Want to be level field in Row 1 right behind the Cowboys seat? That would be $3,596 for the single seat.
Cowboys DC Dan Quinn has been requested by the Colts to interview HC::Cowboys Wire
With the Broncos already having his interview on the Friday of their shortened prep week, Quinn was now also called as a nominee for the Indianapolis Colts head coach. That situation would reunite him with quarterback Matt Ryan after their five-plus seasons together in Atlanta.
49ers DC DeMeco Ryans Has a Busy Interview Schedule Leading to Divisional Playoff :: Niners Wire
Cowboys fans aren’t the only ones who watch their defensive coordinator take time out from an important prep week for an interview for a new job. The 49ers’ DeMeco Ryans will reportedly sit out with Denver on Thursday, then make visits with the Colts, Texans and Cardinals before Sunday’s kickoff.
The PFF 90 Club: Top 10 Players of 2022 :: NFL.com
Micah Parsons – as an outstanding defenseman – makes this list of the top ten highest-rated players in the league this season, with a score of 91.6.
NFL Fans Convinced Tom Brady’s Emotional Press Conference Was Saying Goodbye to the Bucs :: For the Win
He may retire or he may be with a new team next year, but either way, the Cowboys may have just ended the TB12 era in Tampa Bay. Brady made a closing statement after a Q&A with reporters Monday night. He thanked the Tampa media in what many interpret as a farewell. “All of you regulars,” he said in part, “very grateful for the respect and I hope to give the same to you guys.”