The Dallas Cowboys’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers doesn’t fall on the defense. The offense managed 12 points, and put the defense in impossible situations with two interceptions from Dak Prescott, the first of which set the 49ers up just outside the red zone.
Despite facing immense pressure to make a stand, the defense limited San Francisco to a field goal on the short field. Incredibly, Dan Quinn’s unit didn’t allow a touchdown until the first play of the fourth quarter.
For most of the game, Dallas’ defense prevented the Niners from sustaining long drives. Brock Purdy was out of sorts, the running game couldn’t impose its will and Samuel and Aiyuk were held in check through the air.
While the damn broke in the fourth quarter, the defense did more than enough to win the game. Prescott and company took ownership of that postgame, but that doesn’t mean the defensive personnel shouldn’t be frustrated.
Look no further than Micah Parsons in that regard. Clearly feeling like the offense let the defense down, Parsons dropped a truth bomb to the media postgame that might be interpreted as him calling out Dak Prescott.
Did Micah Parsons call out Dak Prescott after the Cowboys QB threw two interceptions vs the 49ers?
Parsons isn’t the type of player to put teammates on blast. While he wears his emotion on his sleeve, that’s just not who he is. If he’s ever asked about it, he’d probably tell you his comments weren’t directed at his quarterback.
That said, can anyone blame Parsons for feeling like this? The defense exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations. Going against Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, Christian McCaffrey and Brandon Aiyuk is no joke. They might be the most talented collection of skill position players in the entire NFL.
Throw in the fact the defense had to contend with Kyle Shanahan’s exotic play-calling, which creates mismatches all over the field, and Cowboys fans really couldn’t have asked for a better effort from Parsons and company.
While George Kittle ran roughshod in Dallas’ secondary, the defense didn’t allow Samuel or McCaffrey to beat them. Samuel finished with four catches for 45 yards and two rushes for 11 yards, while McCaffrey, scorer of the 49ers’ lone touchdown, averaged 3.5 yards per run and 3.7 yards on six catches.
That should’ve been enough to win the game. Alas, Prescott didn’t deliver with the game in the balance, and likely cost the Cowboys a chance to move on with his interception near the end of the first half that could’ve ended up being a 10-point swing.
Instead of going into halftime up by a touchdown, Dallas went in trailing by a field goal, and they never got off the ground again.
While Parsons didn’t call out Prescott by name, you can’t blame him or anyone else on the defense for being annoyed with the offense’s no-show.