49ers vs. Cowboys odds, prediction, betting trends for NFL wild-card playoff game

When the 49ers take on the Cowboys in Dallas in NFC Wild Card Playoff Game No. 6 vs. No. 3 on Sunday (4:40 pm ET, CBS, Nickelodeon, Amazon Prime Video), will have the look and feel of a classic matchup between the two teams. San Francisco was the last NFC team to qualify with its victory in Week 18, while Dallas moved up a seed thanks to that result.

The 49ers started slowly, but with improved offensive health and efficiency, plus a defensive front that rose to overcome secondary issues, they’re back in the playoffs at 10-7 after a year-long absence after the Super Bowl. 54 with Kyle Shanahan. The Cowboys, who lost Dak Prescott to a serious ankle injury earlier in 2020, bounced back to 12-5 in the second season under Mike McCarthy.

Who will win this marquee and exciting affair between two charged teams?

Here you will find everything you need to know about betting on 49ers vs. Cowboys in the 2022 NFL playoffs, including up-to-date odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for the wild-card game.

49ers vs. odds Cowboys for the NFL playoff game

  • Spread: jeans by 3
  • Below: 51
  • money line: 49ers +136, Cowboys -152

The Cowboys have been firm field goal favorites from the baseline. The 49ers have been putting up pretty favorable numbers for several weeks in a row since their midseason turnaround. The total points have continued to rise little by little.

(bet odds per FanDuel bookmaker)

49ers vs. Cowboys All-Time Series

Surprisingly, the teams have met just 37 times over their many years of success, with the Cowboys still holding the lead, 19-17-1. The Cowboys have gotten ahead by winning three in a row and six of the last 7. The Cowboys won a 41-33 shootout during the 2020 season. They have met in the playoffs seven times, six NFC championship games and one playoff game. divisionals, but never in a wild-card matchup. The 49ers beat the Cowboys in 1995 to reach the Super Bowl a year after the Cowboys did the same to them.

Three Trends to Know

—52 percent of spread bettors lean toward the 49ers despite the small number, suggesting they like them pulling off an upset with the Cowboys getting the three points needed to play at home.

51% of Over/Under punters believe the total raise is still too low given the potential for violations across the board.

—The 49ers are 7-3 against the spread and 7-3 straight in their last 10 games. The total has been exceeded only four times. The Cowboys are 6-4 ATS and 6-4 SU in their last 10 games, going over just three times.

three things to see

Jimmy G, the 49ers’ experienced starting quarterback, is likely looking for his final action for the team with first-round rookie Trey Lance looking to take over full-time next season. He struggled a bit against the Rams, but then turned them on in rally mode to lead a massive comeback in Week 18. When he’s on pace and making the most of targets like Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle, he can get past anyone in the league. . Garoppolo will need to have a big game to get past Prescott, who blew up in a Week 18 tune-up against the Eagles.

Both the 49ers and Cowboys allowed 33 sacks in the regular season. putting them in the middle of the pack, tied with the Packers. The 49ers tied for fifth with their 48 defensive sacks, while the Cowboys weren’t far behind with 41. A key for San Francisco will be left tackle Trent Williams (elbow) returning from missing Week 18 with injury. Dallas will have left tackle Tyron Smith ready for the game after he also missed time. Nick Bosa and Micah Parsons are the disruptors to see more of.

The 49ers rushed for 127.4 yards on average per game during the regular season, good for No. 7. The Cowboys were right behind at 124.6, good for No. 9. No question Shanahan will remain committed to rookie Elijah Mitchell. , but Kellen Moore can sometimes get around Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard and put too much pressure on Prescott in the downfield passing game. A little more on the ground would be huge for the Cowboys to set up big passing plays and also limit the 49ers’ possessions.

Statistics that matter

Those are the red-zone TD scoring percentages of the 49ers and Cowboys, respectively, No. 1 and No. 6 in the NFL during the regular season. The team that gets within the opponents’ 20 the most times must win the game. Dallas was a slightly better third-down conversion team (43 percent) than San Francisco (40 percent).

49ers vs. Cowboys Prediction

The 49ers will be tough right away, as Garoppolo will continue to battle injuries and find favorable matchups to move the ball with his weapons. They will stay in the game by running frequently and controlling the clock, in an attempt to keep Prescott off the field and protect the defense. But in the end, Prescott makes a big difference with his arm and legs, while the Cowboys’ defense saves the day late with one of their signature big plays.