3 reasons the Dallas Cowboys will beat San Francisco in Divisional Round
By Randy Gurzi
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a lopsided win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will now face the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. It’s a rematch from one year ago when the Niners ended the Cowboys’ season in the Wild Card Round.
Dallas already got some revenge on Tampa Bay for defeating them in Week 1 in each of the past two seasons. Now, they look to get payback on the 49ers, and here are three reasons to believe that will happen.
3 reasons the Cowboys will beat San Francisco in Divisional Round
3. The 49ers showed cracks against Seattle
A 31-14 win by Dallas over Tampa Bay was impressive as was the 41-23 win the 49ers had over Seattle. The difference is, the Cowboys were dominant from the start. They were up 24-0 before the Bucs scored their first points of the game.
As for San Francisco, they went into the half trailing 17-16 and were aided by a Seattle turnover following two of their touchdowns in the second half. First, Geno Smith fumbled the ball deep in San Francisco which killed a promising 12-play drive. He later threw a pick as he was frustrated and forced the ball downfield.
Outside of those mistakes, Seattle was moving the ball nearly at will. Kenneth Walker had 63 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries. Smith had 253 yards passing on 25 completions as well as 28 more on the ground.
But the one who really stood out was DK Metcalf, who had 10 receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns — including a 50-yarder that had given them a 14-13 lead in the first half. More than anything else, the way Metcalf was able to get deep has to be encouraging for the Cowboys, especially with how their offense was firing on all cylinders Monday.