2. Dan Quinn’s Familiarity with Kyle Shanahan
A story that has been overshadowed by the revenge factor in this game is the chess match between friends turned rivals, Dan Quinn and Kyle Shanahan. Both know each other very well from their time with the Atlanta Falcons and since leaving they’ve faced off twice with each winning one game. We know the players but in this game, it could come down to how well they know the other and their tendencies in certain situations. Since the last time they met last season, both have added new pieces to the respective units and will be looking to use them on Sunday to get the upper hand.
For Shanahan, it’s Christian McCaffery who will be a focal point in his offense. But for Quinn, he’s got new pieces at every level of the defense which will allow him to show different looks and create matchup problems in order to try and throw Shanahan off his game. Quinn’s experience coaching with and against Shanahan will give the Cowboys an edge in this game compared to the other teams the 49ers have faced this season.