Steve Young bootlegged right and he bootlegged left. He scramb
IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Steve Young bootlegged right and he bootlegged left. He scrambled up the middle. He drove the Dallas Cowboys defense crazy.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback threw touchdown passes of 57 and 13 yards. And he scored on a 1-yard run. He was so happy he did a dance to seal the 49ers’ 21-14 victory over Dallas on Nov. 13 in Candlestick Park.
Defensive end Charles Haley, who won two Super Bowl rings with the 49ers, was humbled by Young’s dizzying scrambles and runs for 60 yards.
``I saw that bootleg play a million times in practice when I was with the 49ers,″ Haley said. ``They won’t fool me with it any more. I should have been ready for it back in October. I will be ready for it Sunday.″
Strong safety James Washington said Young could risk bodily harm if he runs again. Young might as well have a target painted on his helmet when he faces the Cowboys on Sunday for the NFC championship.
``The last time we treated him like a quarterback,″ Washington said. ``This time we’ll treat him like a running back. If he doesn’t slide when he’s supposed to, he’s going to get connected (hit).
``We got banged the last time. This time we’re going to bang him every time he tries to run. We’re going to attack him. We’re not going to sit around like we did last time and wait on him to make a play.″
Young infuriated some of the Cowboys with a victory dance after one of the 49ers touchdowns.
``We’ve got to treat him very badly if we want to win,″ Dallas safety Darren Woodson said. ``He had his way with us last time. This time we’re going to try to hit him on every play.″
Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman said all the Cowboys remember Young’s antics.
``I might do that myself after a touchdown,″ Aikman said. ``It was a little surprising to see him do that. I guess he got carried away.″
Aikman added, ``Steve and I are good friends. If we’re not in the Super Bowl, I’ll be rooting for him. But I don’t want him to beat us to get there.″
Washington said the fact the Cowboys will be gunning for Young is a sign of respect.
``He’s a confident quarterback, some might say cocky,″ Washington said. ``What we have to do is make him think before he reacts. When he just reacts, he makes big plays. We’ve got a lot of speed on this team. I think we’ll get in some good shots on him.″