DeSean Jackson has made big plays all season long; he just hasn't done it against the Dallas Cowboys.
Jackson, the explosive second-year receiver who became the first player in NFL history to be tabbed a Pro Bowl starter at two positions, finished the regular season with 1,167 receiving yards on 63 catches, and he tied the NFL record for the most touchdowns (eight) of over 50 yards in a season.
But in his two games against the Cowboys, Jackson has managed only five catches for 76 yards.
The Cowboys "are doing a good job of playing," Jackson said, when asked what has made the Cowboys so effective at curtailing his production. "Putting a safety over the top and just doing little things like that. But at the end of the day, I feel I'm still open and there are still things we can do to get me open. We'll just have to work with it."
Of course, Jackson knows that when you lose 24-0, everyone needs to pick up their game.
"It's not about (me), honestly, it's about the team," he said. "It goes way past (me). Everybody has to play together ... We have to go out there and play together. Myself making big plays, helping out, whatever I need to do to go out there and win the game.
"They're a good team and we played some great games against them and, like I said, we know a lot rides on this game. It's one decision, either you win or you go home, and I definitely don't want to go home and I know my teammates, the soldiers here in this locker room, don't want to go home."
Jackson sustained a slight groin injury during last week's game in Dallas, but he says he'll be 100 percent come game time.
"It's feeling pretty good and by Saturday I'll be ready," Jackson said. "I (practiced) today so I'll be ready."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 3:56 p.m., January 5