There are few motivating factors as strong as being counted out. Being told you’re not the favorite can sometimes provoke a team unlike anything else. That’s exactly what Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy is counting on as ‘America’s Team’ heads to San Francisco this weekend.
On 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, McCarthy addressed being an underdog, a +3.5 point dog to be exact per VegasInsider. He sounded almost surprised by the line but he also didn’t minimize his team’s confidence or how this could drive his team on Sunday night.
“We’re the underdog? By four? Wow. OK…No, we’re very confident,” said McCarthy. “I think there’s an underdog in all of us as you thrive and strive through this business.”
It’s not necessarily a slight at Dallas to have the 49ers as the favorite. San Francisco won their division by four games and was the No. 2 overall seed in the NFC. On top of that, the game will be in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara which, after Dallas had to overcome some history in Tampa last week, does not make it any easier for the Cowboys.
Still, Dallas now sits at 13-5 after knocking Tom Brady out of the postseason by a score of 31-14. While several people will be leaning toward San Francisco, McCarthy is hoping they do to better motivate his roster with their first trip to the NFC Championship since 1995 on the line.
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