The Cowboys needed that one. They needed it bad.
After last week's 27-24, come-from-ahead loss to the Jets, fans and media were hearkening back to last season when the Cowboys started 1-7. Another loss Sunday to the 49ers, and well, the sky would have been falling.
"We all know that heavy deal is hanging over us of how we started last year, and it is hanging over us, and we needed this win," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "Our franchise needed this win. This team, more importantly, needed this win. We’ve got the right kind of guys in this locker room. These guys didn’t just show this today; [they’ve shown it a while]. We’ve got a lot of what it takes. They stayed in there. They continued to believe and got it done."
Jones admitted the season might have been over had the Cowboys lost, because it would have been here we go again.
"We’re too fragile and we’re still fragile. I underline the word fragile," Jones said. "We’re still a fragile psyche with our team. ...We need some good things to happen, and we got to taste it today. We didn’t get it last week, but we got to taste it today."
The Cowboys celebrated like it was a playoff game after they rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit.
"It’s hard to come from behind in this league and win," Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher said. "A win is a win at the end of the day. But I think we really needed to figure out how to win early in the year, a tough, tough win like this, I’m glad we got it here today."
-- Charean Williams