Listening to the Dallas coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo, it seems they were struck by the game film of the 49ers’ 33-17 win over Seattle in Week 1. As the 49ers and Cowboys prep to renew their rivalry on Sunday, it’s clear the Cowboys are aware of San Francisco’s defense and overall attitude.
“I’m just impressed with them in so many different areas,” Garrett said in Wednesday’s conference call with the Bay Area media. “I think the over-arching thing that you see when you watch the tape is how hard they play in all three areas. They have a lot of really good players, talented players on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game. They play the right way and they play hard snap after snap.”
Dallas comes into Sunday’s matchup looking for its first win of the 2011 campaign after a tough 27-24 loss to the New York Jets in Week 1. The Cowboys haven’t visited Candlestick Park since the 2005 season, but Garrett said he’s hoping the game can live up to the billing of the rivalry between the two teams. Garrett was on the Dallas sideline as a backup quarterback from 1993-99, so he knows how heated things can get when the 49ers and Cowboys collide.
“Those were unbelievable games to be a part of,” Garrett said. “It was literally one of best rivalries of that generation and maybe of any generation. Both those teams were so good during the 90s and it was always fun getting a chance to play against those guys.”
Nowadays, players like Merton Hanks and Bryant Young have been replaced by a new crop of 49ers. When discussing his upcoming opponent, Romo was quick to point out a couple of 49ers veterans who might be able to cause problems.
“What jumps off the tape is that they play hard,” Romo said. “I mean, you don’t see anyone not giving 100 percent. Obviously, Patrick Willis is a great player. We’re going to have to account for him. (Ray) McDonald showed up obviously last week, and I should think, these guys go to the whistle. They’re going to be tough to handle and it’s going to be a great challenge for our guys up front this week.”
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