Before Monday night, the Cowboys had not won a playoff game since 1992. They defeated the 49ers 30-20 in the NFC Championship Game that season before giving Jerry Jones the first of his three Lombardi trophies.
The Cowboys had some heartache 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 postseason on the road since the San Francisco win in 1992.
Thirty years was a long time to go, with only 12 players left on the team’s 53-player roster at the time.
“This is about the Cowboys and the 2022 Buccaneers,” said Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy. “It’s as simple and as clean as that. I know it might not be sexy. . . but we are excited to be able to go to San Francisco.
The Cowboys have not been to 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. If the Eagles beat the Giants, the Cowboys would have to go out and beat Philadelphia to reach the Super Bowl.
“Can it be done? We’ll find out,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “But this team has a level of talent and now has the intangible experiences that get knocked down, get up — all those things that we hear about, all those things that represent football, all those things, this team has had some of that.” . Everyone on this team knew that when they came to Tampa today, the world thought Tom [Brady] would be sitting out there getting it out if not last minute then maybe even sooner. And we go home and we go home again to San Francisco. We have more mustard than when we came here.”
The Cowboys dominated Brady and the Bucs from start to finish. There was never any doubt about the game, even with number 12 on the other side.
While Jones acknowledges the Cowboys’ missed opportunities to win another title, especially if they had home court advantage, he likes where his team is right now.
“I like to think we can put something together that can win it,” said Jones. “That has been very evasive, very evasive for us. We’ve got a team here tonight that I think has enough skill to win it, and now we have some experiences that will build the intangible. So I think we won it tonight.”