The Cowboys are urged to meet expectations vs.  49ers

FRISCO – Outside the Dallas Cowboys facility at The Star in suburban Frisco, people stream from all walks of life non-stop; pictures are taken with the newly installed giant sign that says “Victory” in the middle of the field.

A good portion walk in and out of the huge Cowboys store with bags full of memorabilia because they think it’s going to be a historic postseason. Expectations are high after a 12-win campaign with record stats on offense and defense.

The fans are super excited for Sunday’s game between the Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers, in the wild card round, which recalls epic playoff games between both teams.

“Of course we know that the expectation is high and that our responsibility is to prepare ourselves as best we can to achieve the success that people want from us,” Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper said. “We also know that there are many people who doubt us, despite the good season we had.”

It is true that the Cowboys only beat the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles among the postseason qualifiers, who suffered losses against four teams that had a winning record and will be in the playoffs -Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders and Arizona Cardinals. And an embarrassing disaster against a hopeless team (Denver Broncos).

But it is true that they scored like never before in the history of the franchise, that they had a defense that nobody would have imagined led by rookie linebacker, Micah Parsons, and that they won with great authority from both sides of the ball a good part of their games.

“They’ve got stars all over the field,” 49ers tight end George Kittle said. “I love watching Dallas games.”

The Cowboys have five players who were named to the Pro Bowl and three others who were announced as All-Pro starters this Friday (ideal team), led by linebacker Micah Parsons, cornerback Trevon Diggs and offensive guard Zack Martin, in addition to punter Bryan Anger, who was named to the second team.

“I’m a living thing, so of course I’ve heard of him,” 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel quipped. “He’s been loud this year and very impressive. I think it’s going to be a great matchup with[Cowboys defensive coordinator]Dan Quinn, who’s gotten a ton out of him.

“He’s a multi-tool player who can beat you at the line of scrimmage or from the linebacker position. He causes problems for people. And of course I knew his name and his game, before I had to study the Dallas defense.” “.

Parsons and the rest of the Cowboys have made sure all week that they are ready for a game like the one San Francisco is playing, which will also come to AT&T Stadium with a talented team, led by its two All-Pros, receiver/running back Deebo Samuel and tackle Trent Williams, who, by the way, already practiced without restrictions on Friday and is ready to face the Cowboys.

But they also commented that they have nothing to prove to the skeptics, that they must go out and win the game or the season will be useless and that they will never know when they will have another opportunity to finally transcend as an organization.

“Where I come from, guys who say they play physical, they come out bruised and sore,” said Parsons, a Penn State University graduate.