Well, Cowboys fans. Here we are. The Dallas Cowboys are headed to the postseason for the first time since 2018. After getting bumped up to the No. 3 seed thanks to a Dallas win and a Cardinals and Rams loss, the ‘Boys will take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at home in AT&T Stadium. The game will air on CBS, Paramount+, Nickelodeon, and Amazon Prime Video at 4:30 pm ET.
The 10-7 49ers have won seven of their last nine games and will be coming to Dallas with heavy momentum after mounting a huge upset to beat the Rams 27-24 in overtime on Sunday. While the Cowboys did have a dominating win over the Eagles, America’s Team pretty much entirely played Philadelphia’s backups.
These two teams have deep playoff history, and this exciting matchup should add to it.
San Francisco 49ers vs Dallas Cowboys Super Wild Card Weekend: Early Odds
According to WynnBet, at the time of writing, the Cowboys are 3.0-point favorites at home in the Lone Star State. The Cowboys are -160 on the moneyline, and the 49ers are set as the slight underdog at +130. The over/under for the game is set at 51.0 points.
For the first time in a while, Dallas isn’t heavily favored in most of the odds. This isn’t surprising, though, considering five of their last six games were against sloppy teams (mostly from the NFC East). Having homefield advantage is always a plus, but the 49ers are a formidable opponent. Don’t be surprised if these numbers jump around a lot before Sunday based on COVID-19 lists and the health of certain key players on both teams.
San Francisco 49ers vs Dallas Cowboys Super Wild Card Weekend: Prediction & Preview
The 49ers are coming into AT&T Stadium with a lot of late-season success. Their offense, led by Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle, led the NFL in average yards per play with 6.1. Dallas does have an excellent defense, but even against the backups from Philly in Week 18, the run defense struggled. Getting key linebackers and other defenders back from illness and injury will help, but it may not be enough.
Offensively, Dak Prescott and his crew have shown that they can be brilliant. The problem is that they looked most brilliant in the early weeks of the season. The only times they have shined since have been against dismal opponents. This doesn’t bode well against an incredibly strong San Francisco defense. If Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, and the receivers don’t play their A-game, you can kiss the chance at the Lombardi trophy goodbye.
Both teams did not make the postseason last year, but Dallas definitely is the team who struggles more in the postseason as of late. According to the history books, though, the Cowboys lead the 49ers 5-2 in the playoffs. Let’s hope they continue that dominance.
With the current roster, the Cowboys have more potential to win the Super Bowl this year than they have in many. However, Dallas has had one of the easiest second-half schedules in the league. Their only difficult opponent since Thanksgiving was the Arizona Cardinals, and we all know that didn’t go well, referees or not. And if we learned anything in Week 18, it’s that the Cardinals are totally beatable. The Cowboys haven’t beat a great team since the bye week.
San Francisco has a great quarterback/coach duo in Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo. Their comeback win against the Rams proves they are ready to break down any opponent. I hate to say it, but Cowboys fans should be worried. I think the 49ers end up winning it 27-20. Hopefully, Dallas proves me wrong.