LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - When you enter the back room of Joe Cates' Lufkin home, you will enter a room full of football history.
It's the home where Cates has watched the Cowboys win 13 games this year including a 24-20 win this past Sunday against the Detroit Lions in the NFL's Wild Card round. No one in Angelina County may have been more excited about the win.
"It is a big win," Cates said. "This game will rank up there with when they beat the Eagles, and they went to San Francisco."
Joe said the game was a nail-bitter, and every moment was exciting, including a pass play late in the 4th quarter where an official picked up a flag originally thrown for pass interference against the Cowboys.
"He was face-guarding," Cates said. "There is no penalty in the NFL on face guarding. In fact, the tight end, he grabbed Hitchens' facemask."
The win sets up a match up with another NFC power, the Green Bay Packers. It's a game that takes long times fans back in time. The game in Green Bay will be the first time that the two teams have played at the frozen tundra in the playoffs since the historic Ice Bowl in 1967. Cates said that's the game where Cates fell in Love with America's Team.
"That's where I got hooked because I cried and cried all day," Cates said.
Cates said this match up shouldn't be as cold and is confident in his boys.
"[Aaron] Rodgers has that leg injury, and it takes three weeks to heal, and it is not fully healthy so we are going to hit him," Cates said.
It's that confidence he hopes brings the team a sixth Lombardi Trophy and the first to Lufkin native Dez Bryant.
"I hope he does [come back] and let me get his autograph," Cates said. "I tweeted him but he never responded."