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Cowboys star Micah Parsons sends message to 49ers after win

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Micah Parsons got his first taste of postseason success when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-14 on Monday, and he’s ready for more.

Parsons did not disappoint against the Bucs, recording three tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, two QB hits and two passes defended. In short, he was all over the field and raged on Twitter after the game.

“It’s my turn!” Parsons tweeted with a picture of a lion. “Tired of talking. Until Sunday! 1-0.”

Parsons and the Cowboys now meet the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round. San Francisco has won 11 straight games and finished the Cowboys’ season in the playoffs last year.

“Every time you get eliminated by someone, you want another attack on them in the next year,” said Cowboys All-Pro guard Zack Martin. “So it should be a great atmosphere out there in San Francisco and we’re looking forward to that.”

The 49ers overcame the Seattle Seahawks 41-23 in a wild card matchup after a great second half.

Parsons’ performance was just another chapter in an epic season for the sophomore linebacker and defensive player of the year nominee. During the regular season, he recorded 13.5 sacks, 42 solo tackles and three forced fumbles.

Parsons appeared to injure his ankle in the closing moments of the first half and had to take help from the field. However, he didn’t miss any time and certainly didn’t slow down.

Before the matchup, Parsons said the pressures of playoff football made him feel better than ever, despite a long season.

“I feel like I got my second wind of the season in terms of how I feel,” Parsons said. “I feel like I’m feeling better now than I’ve been in the past few weeks just because I’m so anxious and excited.”

Now he will try to lead the Cowboys to their first NFC championship game since 1995.

The Cowboys did not start the season on a high note and were blasted by the Commanders in the final week of the season. After the game, Parsons urged his team to stay hungry despite the dominant win over the Bucs.

“We have to take that approach every time,” Parsons said. “We have to continue this. We can’t slow down. Everyone was locked up, disappointed after that defeat in Washington. We need the same focus, the same attention to detail, the same execution this week as well. Don’t get too high. This one game won’t get you off that horse. We have to stay tuned and stay hungry.”

The Cowboys’ defense will have their hands full against a 49ers roster that includes playmakers across the field — from Christian McCaffrey to Deebo Samuel and George Kittle. Parsons plans to make every yard a fight for the up-and-coming Niners.

“It’s all or nothing now. There is no tomorrow. There is no next week. It’s next year. You know what I mean?” Parsons said. “So we have to stay hungry and stay in line. Every inch counts. Every game counts. We just have to push ourselves every time if we’re going to get where we’re going.”

The 49ers started as a 3.5-point home favorite against the Cowboys.

The 49ers started as a 3.5-point home favorite against the Cowboys.

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