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49ers quote about famous cowboys after winning the divisional round

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It was 30 years ago that Jimmy Johnson cried out those famous words that became popular in Dallas and NFL history at the San Francisco 49ers: “How about the Cowboys?!”

It looks like the admin of the 49ers’ Twitter account clearly remembered that famous four-word rallying cry — and gave it this remix after the NFC Divisional playoff match on Sunday, Jan. 22:

San Francisco played its football style, winning the turnover battle and turning to its ground game to outperform the Cowboys 19-12 at Levi’s Stadium. And while doing so, I revisited the Johnson quote the week of the anniversary of the Cowboys winning the NFC title game at Candlestick Park.

The 49ers’ Twitter account wasn’t the only one trolling the Cowboys. The 49ers did the same on NBC Sports Bay Area on social media after the game when they responded to an earlier viral clip of Dallas fans chanting “We want Niners!” after the playoff win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 49ers switched to a familiar stronghold of their 2022 season: defense.

The No. 1 unit during the regular season — which operated during a time when its coaching mastermind DeMeco is juggling Ryan’s interviews with NFL head coaches — ended with two takeaways in the evening. The first came at the 5:51 mark of the first quarter, with Deommodore Lenoir skyrocketing for his pick:

Lenoir has now delivered his second straight interception in the postseason. But “The Hyena” grabbed his latest snack with a key fan at his game: his high school football coach from Lenoir’s Los Angeles high school, Bishop Mora Salesian, Devah Thomas.

The 49ers weren’t done with their takeout party. San Francisco snagged a crucial red-zone pick as the game tied at six and Dallas drove. Safety Jimmie Ward jumped CeeDee Lamb’s route and the ball flew into the hands of inside linebacker Fred Warner.

The 49ers went on to concede 282 total yards to face a high-profile Cowboys offense — quite unlike the 425 Dallas who faced the Bucs during Super Wild Card Weekend. The Niners also held Dallas for just 76 rushing yards, now their fourth-lowest performance in that category this season.

Offensively, the 49ers weren’t the most explosive with a total of 312 yards. But Christian McCaffrey’s versatility and Elijah Mitchell’s powerful run came in handy towards the end as both backs helped lift the Niners to 113 yards on the ground. Mitchell, last season’s leading rusher, led with 14 carries for 51 yards while McCaffrey got the only touchdown for SF on a 2-yarder that was pitched by train blocks.

But the decisive and acrobatic catch came from George Kittle, whose Highly concentrated juggling gripper eventually helped establish this McCaffrey score.

Finally, Brock Purdy continued his unbeaten run as a starter, walking 19 of 29 for 214 yards and averaging 7.4 yards per completion.

So, the last Sunday of January sees the heavyweight matchup of the NFC’s top two seeds: the 49ers and the 1-seeded Philadelphia Eagles.

Philadelphia made their way to the NFC Championship game with a 38-7 win over the rival New York Giants. San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan immediately spoke about the game that will decide the NFC representative for Super Bowl 57 — and didn’t sound surprised the Eagles are his team’s next challenge.

“You’ve been as good as anyone from the beginning of this year until now. You checked earlier this year, you thought Philly would be the last team here. And that’s how it ended,” Shanahan told reporters.

The approach is simple, as Shanahan described: “We’re going to go down there and hopefully we’ll have a good week of practice. I look forward to the challenge.”

The approach is simple, as Shanahan described: “We’re going to go down there and hopefully we’ll have a good week of practice. I look forward to the challenge.”

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