San Francisco vs Dallas Preview
January 16, 4:30 pm ET, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
San Francisco- 6 Seed (NFC West) 10-7 overall
Dallas- 3 Seed (NFC East) 12-5 overall
Why San Francisco will win-
The 49ers are riding high coming off a 27-24 OT win on the road in at Los Angeles in which they trailed 17-0 in the first half. Despite the 2 interceptions QB Jimmy Garoppolo performed admirably completing 23 of 32 passes for 316 yards while still dealing with an injured thumb. The defensive pass rush has been a force of late recording 12 sacks in the last 3 games, with 5 of those coming in the victory over the Rams.
Why Dallas will win-
The Cowboys come into Sunday’s game confident as well winners of 5 of their last 6. QB Dak Prescott has been sensational of late completing 71.6% of his passes with 13 touchdowns and 0 interceptions the past 4 games. The defense leads the NFL in interceptions with 26 on the year and will look to add to that total against Garoppolo who has been interception prone much of his career.
Key to the Game-
Penalties. These are 2 of the most penalized teams in the NFL. San Francisco averages 62.7 penalty yards per game and Dallas averages 64.9. The team that stays discipline and limits the costly mistakes will likely win the game.
Eye Test Analytics Predicted Score- Dallas by 5.09 points