The Dallas Cowboys came back from a 10 point, fourth quarter deficit on Sunday to defeat the 49ers 27-24 in overtime at Candlestick Park. In a weird epilogue to the game, the usually confident owner/general manager Jerry Jones admitted to reporters following the win that, for a time, he didn’t think the Cowboys would come away with a win.
“Unlike this team, I was feeling low and feeling like we weren’t going to get it done,” Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. “My team felt the opposite. They were thinking they were going to get it done. I’m so proud of them.”
Suffice it to say that Jones considered the victory on Sunday to be an emotional one, and not just in the scope of this season, though the idea of an 0-2 start was heavy on Jones’ mind. In his postgame comments, the owner evoked the storied history between the two teams--even going so far as to mention the 1992 and 1994 NFC Championship games, both of which were held at Candlestick, the former a win and the latter a heartbreaking loss for Dallas.
Jones considered the performance of Tony Romo, who returned from a fractured rib to lead the Cowboys to the overtime win, particularly inspiring.
“But he’s part of something really broader today,” Jones said. “This bunch did not put it away. We all know that it was a heavy deal hanging over us from last year with how we started. We needed this win. Our franchise needed this win. This team, more importantly, needed this win and we got it.”
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