Cowboys' Micah Parsons: I Don't Think 49ers Have Faced 'Anyone Like Us' This Season

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 20, 2023

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - JANUARY 08: Micah Parsons #11 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the second half of the game against the Washington Commanders at FedExField on January 08, 2023 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Micah Parson is feeling confident ahead of the Dallas Cowboys' matchup with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional round. He certainly isn't intimidated by San Francisco's collection of playmakers.

"No," Parsons said when asked by reporters if the Cowboys have faced an offense featuring as many weapons as the Niners. "But I don't think they've faced anyone like us yet this year, either."

"I think we're pretty hard to stop ourselves," he added.

While it's questionable whether the Cowboys have yet to face a team with as many weapons as the Niners—the Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings, all teams the Cowboys faced this season, might protest to that claim—there's no doubt that the Niners are stacked.

Christian McCaffrey is arguably the best all-around running back in football. The Niners are 11-1 since his acquisition, and in 11 regular season games with the team he compiled 746 rushing yards, 52 catches for 464 yards and 10 total touchdowns.

While McCaffrey offers an excellent receiving threat from the backfield, Deebo Samuel is a weapon in the run game from his wideout position. While injuries limited him to 13 games, he still caught 56 passes for 632 yards and two scores, adding 232 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Solid numbers, though after accumulating over 1,700 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns last season, it was something of a down year for Samuel.

Not that the Niners can't give teams fits through the air. Brandon Aiyuk (78 catches for 1,015 yards and eight touchdowns) had a career year, while George Kittle (60 catches for 765 yards and 11 touchdowns) is both an elite pass-catcher and blocker at tight end.

So yes, the Niners are stacked. The key for the Cowboys will be consistently generating pressure on rookie quarterback Brock Purdy, who was excellent in the Wild Card win over the Seattle Seahawks, throwing for 330 yards and three scores.

If Parsons and the Cowboys can keep him uncomfortable and moving about the pocket, their chances to win increase significantly. Purdy certainly has plenty of weapons to help him alleviate that pressure, but Parsons is ready.

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"I don't want to go out there and try to outcompete the 49ers," he told reporters. "They're gonna beat my ass if I play their game. I'm going to play my game. I'm gonna bring my strengths and what I bring to the table. They're gonna bring their strengths. Let's just battle it out."