The game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys hadn’t even started and things were already getting tough during warmups.
Cowboys kicker Brett Maher, who had a tough game in the wild card round against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, losing four straight extra points, was doing some work before the game. But it just so happened that he was on the 49ers side of the field.
They didn’t like that very much.
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The video showed an interaction between the members of both teams with some words right in front of Maher, who never participated in the conversation. The 49ers were clearly not happy as they walked past Maher’s pregame ritual, sparking the argument.
After the heated talk ended, Maher finally set up for another field goal from the same position. He hit it.
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While nothing serious came of it, these are the vibes to expect in this NFC divisional round with two teams looking to cement their place in the NFC Championship Game.
Both teams have a lot to prove. For San Francisco, third player-turned-playoff winner Brock Purdy has continued this magical run alongside Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and the many other weapons he has at his disposal. Armed with the best defense in the NFL, Purdy is under pressure to keep the ball moving toward the end zone and keep his double-digit winning streak alive.
To the Cowboys and Dak Prescott, can this team finally make that elusive playoff streak come true? Prescott’s struggle at the end of last year’s playoff game against San Francisco caused time to run out, leaving everyone scratching their heads.
But after throwing five touchdowns last week at Tampa Bay, Prescott earned a win and will look to do more of the same in another hostile environment.
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This game could also come down to the kicking game between Maher and 49ers veteran Robbie Gould. The Cowboys opted to keep Maher this week despite his shortcomings against the Bucs.
Perhaps the 49ers were trying to get under his skin to see more kicking in this competition by interrupting his practice replays.
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We’ll see who has the last laugh when Maher or Gould kicks off at 6:30 pm in the Bay Area.