• Matt Woolsey

Resilience Through Adversity: Recapping the 49ers Win Against the Cowboys

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Resilient (adj.): (of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.

If I could pick one word to describe the 49ers this season, it would be resilient. They overcame a 3-5 start and a 17-0 deficient against the Rams to punch their ticket into the playoffs. Then they went into Jerry World as an underdog and came out ahead of their old rival, the Dallas Cowboys in the wild card game.

A few mistakes in the second half allowed the Cowboys to claw their way back into the game. However, the resilience of the 49ers was too much for Dak Prescott and company as Dallas became the latest victims of this Niners team. Nevertheless, how do the 49ers keep doing it week after week? How have they been so resilient this season? It starts and ends with their identity; they do not lose sight of who they are as a team.

In an era of the Patrick Mahomeses and the Josh Allens of the world, the 49ers like to stick to old-school, smashmouth, run-the-ball-down-your-throat-until-you-choke-on-it. This allows them to control the clock, keep opposing defenses on the field, and keep the ball away from the opposing offense. In last Sunday’s win, the 49ers held the ball for almost 34 minutes, 8 minutes longer than the Cowboys did. In their overtime comeback win against Los Angeles, the 49ers held the ball 5 more minutes than did the Rams.

As great as Jimmy Garoppolo has been for this organization, he has his limitations, and sometimes he makes some boneheaded plays. He did against the Titans a couple of weeks ago, and he did against Dallas this past Sunday. However, the resilience of this team and sticking to their identity allowed them to overcome those mistakes and still win the game.

If the 49ers are going to make it to the NFC Championship game, they will need to be as resilient as ever to overcome Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field. If they stick to the same formula that they used in 2019, this time with Elijah Mitchell and Deebo Samuel, they might come away with another W.


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