The Dallas Cowboys are coming off one of their more emphatic wins in a while. After obliterating the team that had beaten them to start this season off in the Super Wild Card edition of their rematch, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they now get the chance to face San Francisco in the divisional round of the playoffs.
But before getting too far ahead on one’s self, there is something specific associated with their last win that’s worth spending a few moments on. Unless you live under a rock, then you know the story of Cowboys field goal kicker Brett Maher by now.
Missing an NFL record four point after attempts, Maher was given a bode of confidence by his coach, quarterback, and perhaps most importantly, his team owner. And they are right in totality.
Maher has been very good for most of the year. While this also isn’t the time to talk about tearing up and rewriting the script, and to be frank, they need him and his big leg, even for as inaccurately shaky as it was on Monday night, to potentially capture their dreams of a Super Bowl.
The Dallas Cowboys blew the Buccaneers out of the water, but they had to overcome self-sabotage by kicker Brett Maher to do it.
But that’s just it. The Cowboys are and have genuinely been the NFL personification of “Murphy’s Law” for so long now, allowing what “can go wrong” to do just that, “go wrong”. It’s not just a catchy phrase sputtered by some of their most infamous haters (yes, this means Stephen A. Smith).
Take Dak Prescott and the clock issues last season against this same San Francisco team from last year. Take the Dez Bryant catch that was called a no-catch in Green Bay.
Go back to Tony Romo and the freaky seeming injuries or even the botched snap by him on a field goal attempt against the Seahawks early in his career. The Cowboys’ recent history is littered with examples.
And traditionally, instances like Maher’s inability to nail a point after on Monday would fall in this same category. Even after they led and hadn’t been that drastically impacted by it all game, the Cowboys would have found a way to lose by say—three points or even sillier, a point.
But they didn’t! And not only did they overcome, but they did so in emphatic fashion, effectively blowing the doors off the GOAT, Tom Brady, and his Tampa Bay Bucs.
So, while Maher has a ton of work to do this week leading up to San Francisco, meaning the Cowboys have a ton of work to do to make sure they are doing all they can to hold him accountable and help him correct those things, there should still be a lot of positivity heading into the game.
Because traditionally, that kind of stuff costs the Cowboys wins and this time it didn’t. And that means that this iteration of the Cowboys may just be different after all.