The Dallas Cowboys (12-5, 4-4 Away) will travel to Santa Clara, CA to take on the San Francisco 49ers (13-4, 8-1 Home) in the NFC Divisional Playoffs at Levi’s Stadium. The Cowboys are coming off a crushing victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the 49ers are coming off a dominant win over the Seattle Seahawks. This will be a highly anticipated matchup as the 49ers eliminated Dallas from the playoffs last year in the wild-card round, with a score of 23-17.

Cowboys Seek to Continue Winning Streak The Dallas Cowboys are riding high on momentum after their dominant victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where they knocked Tom Brady out of the post-season endeavors. In that game, the Cowboys earned 425 total yards, with 297 yards being through the air and 128 yards being on the ground. Dak Prescott threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns in the dominant outing, and the defense surrendered 334 passing yards and just 52 rushing yards. However, the Cowboys will face their toughest opponent yet in the 49ers’ defense, as they haven’t faced them this season, meaning Prescott hasn’t faced the intimidating and unbreakable 49ers’ defense. If he and the Cowboys want to exit the game with a win, then they will need to get the ball out quickly, and lean on Tony Pollard, who rushed for over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns in the regular season, and has rushed for 77 yards in the post-season.

49ers Look to Advance with Purdy The San Francisco 49ers have been the team to beat for the last several weeks, and despite losing their starting quarterback, rookie Brock Purdy has stepped up and gone above and beyond for the 49ers’ offense. In addition, the defense has been elite, and not one you’d want to face as an opposing quarterback. In their last post-season matchup, the 49ers earned a dominating 41-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, where they earned 505 total yards, passing for 324 yards and rushing for 181 yards. Purdy had an outstanding performance, throwing for 332 yards and three touchdowns, marking his seventh consecutive game with two or more passing touchdowns. The 49ers’ defense will be something to watch in this matchup, whether that be in the secondary or on the line, and Nick Bosa, Tashaun Gipson Sr. and Dre Greenlaw are all notable players to keep an eye on.

The 49ers defense will be the key factor in this matchup against the Cowboys. They have been consistently strong throughout the season, earning 44 sacks, 77 tackles for loss, 20 interceptions, and 19 forced fumbles. Nick Bosa is a defensive threat, earning 18.5 sacks, 41 solo tackles, and two forced fumbles in the regular season. Tashaun Gipson Sr. was the leader in the secondary, recording five interceptions while earning 43 solo tackles and eight defended passes. Dre Greenlaw was the tackle leader with 82 solo tackles while earning two forced fumbles and one interception.

The Cowboys will need to be prepared for a tough battle against the 49ers defense, as they will be facing one of the best units in the league. The Cowboys’ defense will also need to step up and make some key plays in order to contain Purdy and the 49ers’ offense. This is a game that could go either way, and it will all come down to who executes their game plan better on the day.

The NFC Divisional playoff matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers promises to be a thrilling and intense game. Both teams have proven that they have what it takes to win, but only one will come out on top and advance to the next round of the playoffs. It’s a game that fans won’t want to miss and it will be exciting to see which team comes out victorious.

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