Dallas Cowboys star Micah Parsons didn’t take too well on a celebratory social media post from San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel on Sunday night, calling him out in the comments.
Shortly after the 49ers beat the Cowboys 19-12 in the divisional round, Samuel posted on Instagram with the quote, “Don’t poke the bear.”
He singled out Parsons with the post, hanging his picture with his quote saying, “This is what I wanted,” in a nod to the 49ers, who also ended the Cowboys’ season last year. Parsons quickly barked back an answer.
“Lol what did you do today fam lol?! But congratulations on the win! But don’t put me in that weak slide.” Parsons wrote.
Parsons’ first quote actually showed a little respect for the 49ers before the matchup, knowing they would have to face them at some point if they wanted to get to the Super Bowl.
“I’m super excited. That’s what I wanted. People like to go around: ‘If they lose here, we win [a different opponent] …’ No, that’s the three-headed dragon,” Parsons told reporters. “We have to cut off one of the heads. I don’t care who it is. We have to fix it. At some point you definitely have to meet them. Better now than later.”
Parsons’ response received quite a bit of support, with more than 11,000 likes. And in defense of the All-Pro linebacker, they restricted Samuel. He caught four passes for 45 yards and only managed 11 yards on four carries.
Parsons recorded four tackles but didn’t get to San Francisco quarterback Brock Purdy for a sack. He added a pass deflection and a quarterback hit, and also showed his strength with a monster pass rush move that sent the 49ers into tackle Mike McGlinchey flies to the lawn.
Overall, the Cowboys’ defense did a good job of containing the 49ers’ explosive attack. San Francisco managed a total of 312 yards of offense but only managed to hit it once in the end zone — a 2-yard run by Christan McCaffrey in the fourth quarter.
“The league is very repetitive. Things that hurt us early are the same things that hurt us now. We have to find a way to fix it or we’ll end up in the same situation,” Parsons said after the loss. “I don’t think we really ran out of gas. How can anyone say that? … I think everyone left it out there. but [the 49ers] made bigger games.”
While defense played its part for most of the evening, offense found no semblance of consistency. Dak Prescott threw two costly interceptions and the ground play totaled just 76 yards. Tony Pollard, who left the game before halftime with a high ankle sprain and broken fibula, didn’t help their cause.
“Just disappointment,” Prescott said. “The defense gave us a chance to win this game. They played hard against a really, really good attack, a really good team. That we only collect the points that we have scored is not acceptable. It starts with me I need to get better. There is no other way to sugarcoat it.”
The Cowboys have a solid core but will have to make decisions about a few key elements this offseason. Tight end Dalton Schultz, Pollard, safety Donovan Wilson and linebacker Leighton Vander Esch along with a handful of other players are said to be unrestricted free agents.