Dak Prescott was only 18 months old the last time the Cowboys won the Super Bowl. Having grown up as a Cowboys fan, the quarterback has never seen his favorite team play even an NFC title game much less a Super Bowl.
“Yeah, I’m aware, but it doesn’t really mean anything,” Prescott said Thursday. “That was ’95. This is ‘16, well ‘17 now, so it’s a brand new team. The team is created every year for its own legacy. We’re trying to make a good one here.”
The Cowboys appear confident heading into their first playoff game. They even have used the “S” word in the locker room.
“Just to bring back a Super Bowl here in Dallas and to do with this group of guys we have in this locker room right now, it’s a great feeling just to know we have a chance to do that,” cornerback Morris Claiborne said. “And our chances are good. We’ve got a good chance of going and bringing it back home. We’ve just got to stay true to ourselves, continue doing what we’re doing, continue working. The sky is the limit.”
The Cowboys won’t know their divisional-round opponent until this weekend. They will play the lowest seed among the Lions (6 seed), Giants (5) or Packers (4).
The Cowboys have played all three teams this season, going 2-2 against the three teams, but they insist the opponent doesn’t matter. It’s all about what they do as a team.
“It’s all about clicking at the right time,” running back Ezekiel Elliott said. “You got to peak at the right time. We got to come into this playoff hot. It doesn’t matter what we did coming up to now if we go in there and [wet] the bed, everything we’ve done this season really meant nothing. We’ve got to come in there clicking on all cylinders and ready to rock and roll.”
Only seven teams have longer Championship Game droughts than the Cowboys, including only two in the NFC. The Redskins and Lions played in the 1991 NFC Championship Game, and neither has returned since. The Cowboys’ current drought is 21 years.