With the 49ers hosting the Cowboys this Sunday night, Jerry Jones admitted his team is going up against a Super Bowl favorite that has few weaknesses.
During the 1970s and for much of the first half of the 1990s, the Dallas Cowboys had the San Francisco 49ers' number in the playoffs.
Things changed a bit after the 1981 and 1994 seasons, of course, when the Niners got their revenge with some of the most memorable NFC Championship game victories in franchise history.
But, until the 2020s, Dallas still owned a 5-2 postseason record against its longtime rival.
The tables seemingly have turned in a massive way as of late, though, with San Francisco eliminating the Cowboys in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, one game at AT&T Stadium in Texas and the other at Levi's Stadium in California.
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Entering the 2023 season, the two teams now face off for the first time since the 49ers' most recent postseason victory over the Cowboys, this go-around being a primetime showdown in Week 5 on Sunday Night Football.
Yes, that'll be must-watch television.
And while it's always fun to see what the Niners' greater circle will say about this upcoming game between two Super Bowl hopefuls, let's check in on Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, shall we?
Jerry Jones says Cowboys have a tall task vs. 'outstanding' 49ers defense, says Niners are 'most likely team' to win Super Bowl
Joining Shan and RJ on Audacy's 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jones was asked about the much-hyped Week 5 contest his team will have by visiting San Francisco, undefeated with a perfect 4-0 record thus far and boasting a minimum of 30 point scored per game during that stretch.
While Jones was more than complimentary and felt "a win against them would be inspiring," it was the 49ers defense that the famed owner called out:
"Make no mistake about it, they are a tremendous team. An outstanding defense. And they will challenge us as much as anybody frankly has challenged us this year or any other year. ... Frankly, we've got to worry about execution and need to worry about ourselves and not so much about what they are."
Indeed, the manner in which both playoff games ended between these two teams the last two seasons may prompt the 3-1 Cowboys to "worry about execution," as a stunning hurry-up stop in a Wild Card game two years ago ended in disbelief.
And last year, who could forget about this odd play from the divisional round last season?
That was odd, too. Yet both games certainly have opened up the door for Cowboys players' thoughts to drift away from Sunday's contest in Santa Clara, California.
Jones, meanwhile, feels it's necessary for Dallas to focus on itself rather than anything else.
"They are, right now, the most likely team to go on and win the Super Bowl," Jones added of the 49ers.
You can listen to Jones' full interview on 105.3 The Fan below:
The Niners and Cowboys kick off Sunday Night Football on Oct. 8 at 8:20 p.m. ET from Levi's Stadium.