Former Cowboys set for Super Bowl LVII showdown

Nov 3, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) scrambles with the ball as Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Robert Quinn (98) defends during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Former Cowboys set for Super Bowl LVII showdown

While the Dallas Cowboys missed out on a trip to the Super Bowl for the 27th straight season, they do have two former players squaring off against each other when Philadelphia takes on Kansas City in Super Bowl 57 on Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

Robert Quinn will lineup at defensive end for the Eagles, while Blake Bell is back at tight end for the Chiefs. Both players had brief 1-year stops in Dallas.

Quinn played with Dallas in the 2019 season under head coach Jason Garrett. Quinn racked up 34 tackles, 11½ sacks two forced fumbles and three passes defensed, while the Cowboys went 5-7 during the 12 games he played in that season.

Dallas finished the year at 8-8 and missed the playoffs, Garrett was fired, and Quinn turned his nearly dozen-sack season into a new contract with the Chicago Bears in the offseason.

On the heels of the Jason Witten departure for Las Vegas after the 2019 season, the Cowboys signed Bell away from Kansas City to fortify the tight end position heading into the 2020 season.

During that season, the first with Mike McCarthy as head coach, Bell caught 11 passes for 110 yards, with a long of 24 yards and no touchdowns, while the team went 6-5 in his 11 games of action. He ended the year as the ninth leading receiver on a Cowboys team that saw 12 different players make a catch during the season – including quarterbacks Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton.

Bell, mostly used in blocking situations, did have one carry for two yards and a first down. Bell resigned with the Chiefs in the offseason following the 2020 season.

Both Quinn and Bell were little-used backups this season. Quinn recorded just two tackles in six games. Back after missing most of the season with a hip injury, Bell had two catches for 20 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown, in just three games of action.

In his 8-year career, Bell has played in 100 games, collecting 60 receptions for 641 yards and the one touchdown. Quinn has played in 169 games in his 12-year career, amassing 369 total tackles, 102 sacks, 31 forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.

Bell is the only one with previous Super Bowl experience, appearing with the Chiefs in 2019. He made one catch for nine yards in Kansas City’s 31-20 win over San Francisco.

Kickoff for Super Bowl 57 is set for 5:30 p.m. CST.

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