Past win for Cowboys helping Seahawks focus for Super Bowl

The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Seattle Seahawks 30-23 in their home in October during the regular season.

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Maybe Cowboys fans can take solace in the fact they manhandled the team facing the New England Patriots on Sunday. And surprisingly, the Seahawks haven’t quite let go of that game.

Both defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. told FOX Sports Southwest on Wednesday that a 30-23 loss to the Cowboys in October got their attention.

"I was extremely impressed," said Norton, who won two Super Bowls with the Cowboys in the 90s. "I would not have been surprised if we had played them (in the NFC title game). A team like this that’s been down for so many years.

"I remember my early days in Dallas, we lost our first time going to the playoffs, to Detroit (38-6 in ’91). We knew after that game we were pretty good. We knew next year was going to be our year. No longer were we down anymore. We’re going to be a team to be reckoned with."

Quinn, who will likely become head coach for the Atlanta Falcons in a few days, really wanted another shot at the Cowboys.

"One of the great things we pride ourselves on is being able to finish," Quinn said. "For us not to be able to finish like we’re accustomed, that was hard on us.

"I was hoping we’d get an opportunity to go do this against that team again. It was a hard lesson for us that day."

If only the Cowboys had been so fortunate.