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The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Brady, Buccaneers, and won their first road playoff win since 1992.

Last night, the Dallas Cowboys beat Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first playoff road win in 30 years.

With the final score of 31-14, the game has never been this close, due in large part to quarterback Dak Prescott, who threw four touchdowns and rushed for one.

RJ Ochoa is the editor-in-chief of Blogging The Boys, the media coverage of the Dallas Cowboys game, and joined the Standard to talk about the game. Listen to the story above or read the transcript below.

This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

Texas Standard: Well, last night the Cowboys got their first playoff road win since 1992. But leading up to that game, the Buccaneers actually had a losing season record. Was it an impressive performance by the Cowboys or were they just playing with a weak team?

R. J. Ochoa: I think it depends on your anxiety level to be honest. You know, on the surface and on paper, if you just look at it as variables, players and things like that, the Cowboys were the favorites. I mean, they were literally favorites. And it’s rare for someone to become a favorite team on the road in the NFL playoffs, but the narrative behind it all is obviously very powerful. Tom Brady is the greatest player of all time. The cowboys were wearing their goddamn blue jerseys. They played on a grass field, where they were not known to have had much success. And, obviously, you know, they had a lot of problems in the playoffs in general, whether at home or away. So it’s cathartic and it’s sweet, but it’s fleeting because there’s obviously going to be another playoff game this coming weekend.

Well, I want to talk about Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. He threw for 300 yards and threw for four touchdowns, which is a great result in terms of statistics. But I’m wondering if you could tell us how he played this season and what he looked like last night.

It was definitely the most unique season in Duck’s career. After the opening of the season, which was against this particular team, he injured his thumb and missed five games. And, as a general rule, Cowboy seasons are doomed to failure—whenever a starting quarterback misses time for one reason or another, things just spiral out of control. And that’s what made the season as a whole so different and inherently valuable to them.

But, when he returned, Duck seemed to continue where he left off, but, oddly enough, he stopped in a very bad place when last season ended – and so honed his rhythm, Duck, whom everyone seemed to know and love for seven years old. So he’s clearly in his bag, as kids like to say. He works at one of the highest levels we have ever seen in his entire career.

We also have to talk about Brett Maher, the Cowboys kicker who set a record last night by missing four tries with an extra point. Is this something people are worried about as the Cowboys go deeper into the playoffs?

Yes, absolutely. Then again, if you’re a fan of the team that has found a way to break your heart for the most insignificant and random of reasons, this could certainly be the first thread to sort of tug at you this weekend. And that’s really unfortunate for Brett Maher. It was a really remarkable game. I expect this to be one of the most watched playoff games of all time.

And Brett Maher is, in fact, his second tenure with Cowboys. The first ended disastrously fashionably in 2019. And he’s back, much to the chagrin of me and many other Cowboy fans, and put together an amazing season. And so it’s really just heartbreaking that on this huge stage he had this really bad crash. I think the team will support it, but right now it’s kind of a rocky slope.

Next in the divisional round, the Cowboys will play their longtime conference rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, on Sunday. Could you tell us a bit about it and tell us what to expect?

Yes, in many ways it is something of an American story. You must go west and kind of look for prosperity and hope for the future. And it was the ’92 NFC Championship game that was their last playoff road win before last night. So many kinds of full circle this year. And it was the team, regardless of the whole long history, that kicked them out of the playoffs a year ago – and not just kicked them out, but frankly embarrassed, exposed and honestly forced them to overestimate themselves and help them sort of fake. their new identity. They will be the biggest challenge the Cowboy regime has ever faced.

Well, isn’t it too early to talk about the Cowboys as Super Bowl contenders?

I think if you get to this point, you know someone could qualify for the Super Bowl, right? You know, there are eight teams left, and you’re two games away from being on it. Thus, the Cowboys have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. They have one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, CeeDee Lamb. They have one of the best games in the NFL. They have one of the best defenses and they have a head coach who is prone to aggression and who is kind of willing to push for it. And so they have all the parts and components. But then again, you know, it’s been many, many, many times already. This is their obstacle. It’s a sign.

You know, last night was important, but they haven’t made it to this particular round of the playoffs since 1995. And so if you’re going to do that, you’ll have to exorcise a lot of demons in the process. They never beat Tom Brady and that’s why they did it. You know, they didn’t get to this point or the next point. At least in the playoffs. So why not do it? I mean, they are definitely “why not us?” kind of team. It has been a very unconventional season of success for the Dallas Cowboys, at least as far as the seasons we have seen in the 21st century.

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