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49ers legend takes heat for tweet Cowboys QB Dak Prescott

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Dak Prescott calmed many of his doubters with a five-touchdown performance in the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and even received a shoutout from Hall of Famer Steve Young after the game — drawing the wrath of some San Francisco 49ers attracted fans.

Young was on hand for the matchup as part of his ESPN appearance and shared some thoughts on Prescott on Twitter after the dominant win.

“Playoffs change perceptions in one way or another. Dak changed the perception of his game.” Young tweeted. “The power of the playoffs.”

Of course, Young had a historic career with the 49ers, winning a trio of Super Bowls. While he may be a neutral spectator now as an analyst, some didn’t sit well with backing a Cowboys quarterback the week they play San Francisco.

“Steve cmon, brother, not this week.” wrote one commenter.

“Cowboy content on my favorite 49ers twitter, on Cowboys Hate Week.” another wrote with a flinching GIF.

That’s not to say Young hasn’t been critical of Dallas lately. Heading into the postseason, he pointed to some mixed results on the field as a lack of “courage” from the Cowboys.

“They’re missing something in the dressing room and mostly it’s not talent,” Young said of BVM Sports. “Somehow the interaction of the group and the leadership doesn’t bring the courage necessary to prove every week that we have a Super Bowl roster.”

Young also had a particularly bad take on the pregame show, saying the Cowboys shouldn’t have worn it classic star on her helmetadding that they have to “earn” it.

Prescott, along with the rest of the Cowboys, ended much of that criticism with their convincing win over Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Prescott had possibly the best – if not most important – performance of his career, completing 75.8% of his passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns through the air. He also avoided turning the ball around, which had been his bogeyman this season.

“Dak showed he’s a warrior,” said wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. “He’s a baller, and he came out and threw it. I feel like it was a statement game for him.”

The Cowboys have a tough test ahead of them with the 49ers, who are on an 11-game winning streak. San Francisco beat the Seattle Seahawks 41-23 in their wild card matchup.

The second-place 49ers have passed the Philadelphia Eagles as Super Bowl favorites in the NFC, winning it all at +450. Philadelphia, who earned a divisional round bye, is just behind at +500. The Cowboys are +850 to win their first Super Bowl since the 1995 season.

The Cowboys also have a chance for revenge because the 49ers ended their season in the postseason a year ago.

“Just being able [the 49ers] again…this thing is set up just for us – we’re playing teams that have beaten us, teams that we’re familiar with,” Prescott said. “So it’s important for us now, as I’ve said, to capitalize on that preparation, to tackle it on a day-to-day basis and to make sure we’re ready to go as we work for this one.”

The 49ers are a 3.5-point favorite for Sunday’s matchup at Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers are a 3.5-point favorite for Sunday’s matchup at Levi’s Stadium.



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