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Jerry Jones backs Dak Prescott after Cowboys loss vs. 49ers: ‘If we’ve got him at quarterback, I’ll take my chances’

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Jerry Jones referred to the Cowboys’ 19-12 playoff loss against the 49ers as “sickening,” but he isn’t using it to catalyze change within the organization.

Jones first gave a vote of confidence to coach Mike McCarthy despite Dallas’ strange final play call and questionable clock management late in the defeat.

McCarthy wasn’t the only one who received Jones’ backing. The Cowboys owner and general manager also spoke well of Dak Prescott, who endured his share of struggles in a losing effort.

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Jones told reporters that he believed the Cowboys would win because he has “such confidence in Dak.”

“I’ll line up out there five times with that [similar] situation, and if we’ve got him at quarterback, I’ll take my chances,” Jones said of Prescott, per ESPN. “So I’m just saying give me that setup a year in advance, a month in advance, and give me him as the quarterback and I feel very strongly that we’ll win.”

Prescott endured a rocky outing against the 49ers and was plagued by turnovers during it. He threw two key interceptions during the contest that led to six points for the 49ers. He had a couple more potential interceptions dropped and was largely outplayed by rookie quarterback Brock Purdy.

Stat Dak Prescott Brock Purdy
Comp. % 62.2 65.5
Passing yards 206 214
Pass TDs 1 0
INTs 2 0
Yards/attempt 5.6 7.4
Passer rating 63.6 87.4
QBR 51.5 53.1
Rushing yards 22 8

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“I’m disappointed in the way that I’ve played,” Prescott said during his postgame news conference. “Those guys in that locker room gave it all. Both sides of the ball. And put me in a position to go win the game. And I wasn’t able to do that.

And, yeah, I mean, I put it on my shoulders. When you play this position, when you play for this organization, you’ve got to accept that. That’s the reality of it. And as I said, it will make me better.

So, Prescott surely appreciates the vote of confidence from Jones in wake of his harsh self-assessment. He also knows that it will be a long offseason as the Cowboys look to improve after a second consecutive elimination at the hands of the 49ers.

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But even still, he is planning to use this loss as motivation to get the Cowboys closer to their ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl.

“It sucks, as I said, that I don’t get another shot at it for a long time, but I know that when I wake up tomorrow, it will be the first thing on my mind, and it will as I carry it through in my training throughout this offseason, as we get to the start of next season,” Prescott said. “It’s about finding a way to get better, mastering everything that we can to make sure that we get over this hump, whatever it is, and give ourselves a chance of winning it all.”

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