AFC Wild Card Playoffs - Dallas Cowboys v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cowboys’ first playoff win since 1992 has Jerry Jones dreaming

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Before Monday night, the Cowboys hadn’t won a road playoff game since 1992. They beat the 49ers 30-20 in the NFC Championship Game that season before delivering Jerry Jones the first of his three Lombardi trophies. .

The Cowboys have had some heartbreak on the road in the meantime, losing in Seattle in 2006 when Tony Romo dropped the snap on a field goal attempt and losing in Green Bay in 2014 in the ‘Dez caught it’ game. “. They were 0-8 in the road playoffs since winning at San Francisco in 1992.

Thirty years was a long time, with only 12 players on the team’s 53-man roster still alive at the time.

“It’s about the 2022 Cowboys and the Buccaneers,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s as simple and as clean as that. I know that might not be sexy, . . . but we are delighted to be able to go to San Francisco.

The Cowboys haven’t appeared in the NFC Championship Game since 1995, which is also the last time they won the Super Bowl. They will have to beat the 49ers to get to the championship game this season. Then, if the Eagles beat the Giants, the Cowboys would have to go on the road to beat Philadelphia to reach the Super Bowl.

“Can this be done? We’ll find out,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “But this team has a level of talent and now has the intangible experiences that get knocked down, lifted up – all of these things that we hear about, all of these things that represent football, all of these things, this team has had a part of that . Everyone on this team knew that when they came to Tampa today, the world thought Tom [Brady] would be sitting there snatching it away, if not at the last minute, maybe even sooner. And we’re going to come home and go home to San Francisco. We have more mustard than when we came here.

The Cowboys outplayed Brady and the Bucs from start to finish. The game was never in doubt, even with the No.12 on the other side.

Jones, while acknowledging the Cowboys’ missed chances at winning another title, especially when they had home-court advantage, likes where his team is here right now.

“I like to think we can put something together that can win,” Jones said. “It’s very evasive, been very evasive for us. We have a team here tonight that has enough talent in my opinion to go out and win, and now we have experiences that will build the intangible. So I think we won tonight.

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