Micah Parsons: I really like being the underdog

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Players and coaches from some teams don’t like being labeled as underdogs going into the divisional round of the playoffs, but it’s not a problem for Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons.

The 49ers are favored to knock the Cowboys out of the playoffs for the second straight season and Parsons said he feels everyone believes that there is “no way the Cowboys going to win” on Sunday. That may not be entirely accurate, but it’s a view that Parsons embraces as he prepares for this weekend.

“Honestly, I think you should feed into it, you should love that stuff,” Parsons said, via the team’s website. “When no one believes in you, that’s the best feeling; not when everyone believes in you and the Kool-Aid is up and everyone is smiling like, ‘They can’t lose. They’re too good.’ I don’t want that feeling because then it’s like, damn, what if I don’t win? When you’re already at the bottom, you can only go up. I really like being the underdog.”

Parsons said he thinks the Cowboys beat themselves in last year’s game in Dallas and that the Cowboys need to play their game this year rather than try to “go out there and be different” in order to beat the 49ers at what they do best. We’ll see if the Cowboys can do that in a couple of days.

18 responses to “Micah Parsons: I really like being the underdog

  1. No rookie starting QB has ever won a Super Bowl and it’s likely not to be the first time this season. Tampa Bay applied pressure in the first half and it appeared to rattle Purdy. I think a team needs to pressure him for 60 minutes. Of course there’s more to beating SF than just that, but it’s a good place to start.

  2. Niners vastly improved since knocking the boys out last year while the cowboys virtually the same team.

    Niners 42 cowboys 17

  3. That’s good…cuz the odds are good you’ll be on the outside looking in for the conference championship.

  4. This should be a great game and both teams are loaded. Cowboy’s are rolling and Parsons or Bosa could be the difference makers for their teams.

  5. 1dayatatime says:
    January 20, 2023 at 7:36 am
    No rookie starting QB has ever won a Super Bowl and it’s likely not to be the first time this season. Tampa Bay applied pressure in the first half and it appeared to rattle Purdy. I think a team needs to pressure him for 60 minutes. Of course there’s more to beating SF than just that, but it’s a good place to start.

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    49ers administered a more severe beatdown on Tampa than the Cowboys did.

  6. Purdy runs the crap out of Shanahan s offense but he’s limited physically with his lack of a big arm. People don’t notice it because he’s so efficient but eventually defenses will catch on. If Dallas can get pressure against that elite 9’ers line it will be an interesting game. Not sure Dallas has the horses to get after Purdy for 60 though.

  7. No rookie starting QB has ever won a Super Bowl and it’s likely not to be the first time this season. Tampa Bay applied pressure in the first half and it appeared to rattle Purdy. I think a team needs to pressure him for 60 minutes. Of course there’s more to beating SF than just that, but it’s a good place to start.

    It was 27-0 at halftime of that game so I assume you mean Seattle. What you saw there last week was the Brock Purdy version of the wall that most other rookies hit when they get to the playoffs. Count this kid out, I really hope you and all the Cowpatty fans do, and hopefully the Cowpatties themselves. Dallas scheme is simple and they play it well, but because they are simple someone like Shanahan can scheme against and beat it. This game will come down to what Dallas can do on offense against a Niners D that’s not been playing dominant football the last 3-4 weeks.

  8. 1dayatatime says:
    January 20, 2023 at 7:36 am

    No rookie starting QB has ever won a Super Bowl and it’s likely not to be the first time this season. Tampa Bay applied pressure in the first half and it appeared to rattle Purdy. I think a team needs to pressure him for 60 minutes. Of course there’s more to beating SF than just that, but it’s a good place to start.

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    The Niners were up 28-0 in the first half, try again.

  9. waketripper says:
    January 20, 2023 at 11:31 am
    1dayatatime says:
    January 20, 2023 at 7:36 am

    No rookie starting QB has ever won a Super Bowl and it’s likely not to be the first time this season. Tampa Bay applied pressure in the first half and it appeared to rattle Purdy. I think a team needs to pressure him for 60 minutes. Of course there’s more to beating SF than just that, but it’s a good place to start.

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    The Niners were up 28-0 in the first half, try again.
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    I see this is partly a hostile 49er crowd here. That’s ok.
    And Thanks for catching my mistake, I did mean Seattle and you were kind about it…

    I am not a Cowboy fan nor a 49er fan, I simply can’t see Rookie Purdy taking them to the SB and Winning it. The Kid was a 7th round pick and like all first year QBs he will mistakes (and hopefully learn from them), we just haven’t seen costly errors yet.
    May the best team win.

  10. All of this noise doesn’t change the fact that the niners haven’t played anyone this year.

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