Gameday is always a whirlwind when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys. What we think will happen is rarely what actually happens. What actually happens goes by in a blur. And when all is said and done, there's a new week's worth of aftermath to sort out, good or bad. The DallasCowboys.com staff is always there to cover every aspect.
The day after each game this season Further Review will give a chance to catch your breath and look back at what actually happened. What did we think going in? What happened? And what does it all mean?
The Warm Up:
- The history between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers is the stuff of NFL lore. No game was bigger than the high stakes showdown in 1993 [Watch the 1993 NFC Championship highlights between the Cowboys and 49ers]
- While it might feel like Sunday's game featured some of the strangest plays in the rivalry, there are plenty of huge moments to choose from when it comes to Cowboys/49ers matchups [Watch Nick Eatman run through his top 10 Cowboys/49ers moments]
- Coming into the game, Amari Cooper said he knew the 49ers' receivers were "elite after the catch" [Watch Cooper talk about the kind of opponent San Francisco is to prepare for on 105.3 The Fan]
- NFL analyst Bucky Brooks tried to warn Cowboy fans when he said that Deebo Samuel had, "five star skills as a running back and a receiver." [Read Brooks on the 49ers best players coming into the game]
- The Cowboys' offense got off to a slow start, but in the second quarter fans saw one last glimpse of the chemistry between an Amari Cooper route and a Dak Prescott pass [Watch Dak's perfect TD pass to Cooper]
- Every Cowboys fan has Dak Prescott rush for a touchdown, but they've never seen him set off a Slime Cannon in the process [Watch the Nickelodeon Slime cannon spray the end zone after Dak's touchdown]
- After a historically great rookie season, Micah Parsons' first playoff game ended in a loss [Watch Parsons explain why he wasn't able to make his typical impact against the 49ers]
- You might still be focused on the miscues, but the Cowboys did make their fair share of great plays in Sunday's playoff loss [Watch the Cowboys' Top Plays vs the 49ers]
- Ultimately the Cowboys were supposed to win or lose in the playoffs based on Dak Prescott's performance [Watch Dak speak after the game on the postseason disappointment]
- The Cowboys pulled off a fake punt in their playoff matchup. "Unfortunately, nearly all of the excitement was negated by the confusion that followed immediately upon the very next play," Jonny Auping wrote [Read Auping on Bryan Anger's explanation of of the post-fake play]
- Jerry Jones was stunned after the Cowboys' loss. "Jones – along with the team and many others -- believed this year's Cowboys were headed for a special run," Rob Phillips wrote [Read Phillips on Jerry's immediate reaction to the disappointment]
- You really couldn't understand that playoff loss unless you watched it from beginning to end. Unless, of course, you read Kurt Daniels' detailed gamer [Read Daniels' game recap to know exactly what happened and how it happened]