A lot of pressure resides in Tampa Bay on Monday night. The Dallas Cowboys desperately need to win against the Buccaneers, ending what would be a long losing streak on the road in the playoffs. Unfortunately, Tom Brady is on the other side and nerves are running high.
Most fans are still holding onto the 1990s when winning seemed routine for the Cowboys. Legendary defensive back Deion Sanders was a part of the last Super Bowl-winning team but since then, has watched a lot of heartbreaking losses.
People in Dallas expect more and Sanders explain that’s due to the work owner/general manager Jerry Jones puts in. Sanders thinks he is the one who gets fans to believe on a yearly basis, no matter the circumstance.
“The expectation is to win in Dallas,” Sanders said while appearing on the Manning Cast. “Jerry Jones — one of the best owners that ever lived — has an innate ability to make the fans believe that the Cowboys have a chance, every year to win the Super Bowl. I don’t care what it looks like. We believe that they have a shot.”
A stat mentioned during ESPN’s pregame coverage — Dallas has not won a road playoff game since the 1992 season, defeating the San Francisco 49ers. They went on to win the Super Bowl, getting the first of three.
The last NFC Championship game appearance was during the final of three championship runs, beating the Green Bay Packers during the 1995 playoffs.
Multiple challenges present themselves before getting a conference title game, with Tampa Bay being the first. Even with the G.O.A.T. on the other side, many Cowboy fans will be believing this is the year the end of the dreadful streaks.
Sanders believes Dallas Cowboys will face Philadelphia in NFC Championship game
You can count Sanders as one of those fans Jones has believing in Dallas. He thinks a win against the Buccaneers would lead to an appearance against arch-NFC East rival Philadelphia in the championship game.
San Francisco would be next up in the Divisional Round and Sanders thinks there is enough there to get past the 49ers.
“I truly believe that they do,” Sanders said. “If they can get past this game, I see them going against Philly in the championship game. They have all the pieces, just got to put it all together.”
While Dallas and Philadelphia meeting in an NFC Championship would be an interesting story to a longstanding rivalry, the Cowboys would have the deal with San Francisco first. Sanders is just like the rest of Cowboys Nation.