Patriots coach Bill Belichick grew poetically about the Cowboys at his press conference Wednesday, calling them "obviously one of the top franchise services in all sports."
His quarterback, Tom Brady, spent his youth rooting for the Cowboys. Brady grew up in California in the 1990s when the Cowboys and 49ers were rivals.
So Brady made light of his lifelong dislike of America's Team.
"I really did not like the Cowboys since coming out of the womb as a Niner fan," Brady told reporters in New England on Wednesday and laughed. “But no, I've got a lot of respect for those guys and they've actually had a fantastic winning organization. They have many great players in their history. Guys I would just play as the Niner fan and the Cowboys and every time they would give out to Emmitt Smith it would be a 5 yard gain, and you would pull out the hair – and throw it to Michael Irvin and Troy [Aikman] was a such a great player and the defense, Ken Norton and Prime Time [Deion Sanders]. I think the history of great players, the tradition – meeting Roger Staubach over the years – has been such a cool guy. Someone to really look out for. And what they currently do with the team that they have, it's one of the most talented teams in the NFL that plays well on the offensive, defense and it will be a huge challenge for us.
"I love it. I love it. I love the opportunity to compete against amazing teams this time of year as Thanksgiving is approaching, and that means a lot to both teams. Every time we play at home it's important to us but late in the year we only have so many more chances to go out there and get a fantastic performance, and we will try to do that. ”
Brady has never lost to the Cowboys, went 4-0 with nine touchdowns and two interceptions.