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Cowboys at 49ers

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The NFL playoffs move to the Divisional Round this weekend with the San Francisco 49ers (14-4) hosting the Dallas Cowboys (13-5) in the nightcap on Sunday night. The game will be broadcast on FOX with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET. 

Dallas has opened as 4-point underdogs with a total of 46 points.

SNF betting odds and analysis

Dallas Cowboys () at San Francisco 49ers () – 8:20 p.m. ET

San Francisco has won 12 straight games, a streak that pretty much coincided with a big trade for Christian McCaffrey. The Niners offense has improved with McCaffrey in the fold and taken a big leap with rookie Brock Purdy taking over for Jimmy Garoppolo (foot). The last pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Purdy is coming off a stellar postseason debut in which he passed for 335 yards and 3 TDs without a turnover in a blowout win over Seattle. 

The Cowboys finished the regular season on a low note after edging the Eagles in a key NFC East showdown. Then, Dak Prescott turned in the best performance of his postseason career with 305 yards and 4 total TDs in a 31-14 win over the Bucs. 

In a Wild Card matchup against the 49ers last postseason, Prescott struggled with a 53.5% completion rate and 69.3 passer rating while taking five sacks in a 23-17 loss. Prescott has been turnover-prone this season and has tossed seven interceptions over five road games. 

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Cowboys vs. 49ers betting news

Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers game matchup

Here are the betting trends of note for the 49ers and Cowboys from recent seasons: 

  • The 49ers are 8-1 ATS as home favorites this season 
  • The 49ers are 4-0 ATS in playoff games since 2021 
  • The 49ers are 17-8 ATS after a win since 2021
  • 49ers playoff games are 3-1 to the under since 2021 
  • The Cowboys are 5-2 ATS as road underdogs and 13-5 ATS on the road since 2021
  • The Cowboys are 2-0 ATS with a rest disadvantage this season 
  • Cowboys non-division games are 15-9 to the under since 2021 

The 49ers defensive front has been amongst the best in modern NFL history this season. That group is allowing the second-fewest rushing YPG (79.2) at the second-lowest YPC (3.4) average. While Nick Bosa and company have a modest 6.9% sack rate, their pressure has helped the Niners post the third-highest interception rate (3.4%) on the season. 

Dallas is a run-heavy team that averages the second-most rushing scores (1.4) per game, helping the Cowboys post the best red zone TD conversion rate (73.3%) in the NFL. Despite leading the league in PPG allowed, the Niners defense ranks 20th in opponent’s TD conversion rate in the red zone. 

With Tyron Smith back at LT, the Cowboys have done a great job protecting Prescott over the past few weeks. Their offensive line has allowed the fifth-lowest sack rate and ranks fifth in power run blocking per Football Outsiders. However, the Niners offensive line ranks higher in terms of adjusted line yards (4.70) created per play. 

The Niners are 8-1 at home this season, where they average 28 PPG and allow just 14.8 PPG. Dallas is 4-4 on the road this season compared to 8-1 at home. The Cowboys average 24.6 PPG on the road versus 30 PPG at home. 

These teams rank first and second in total DVOA defense on the season. Dallas is playing at the fourth-fastest pace in the NFL and the Niners play at the slowest total pace. 

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How to watch Sunday Night Football

NBC will air all Sunday Night Football games.

The Week 18 TV spot on Jan. 8, 2023 will remain open until much later in the season, as potential playoff battles will factor into the league’s flexible scheduling decisions.

Games are also streamed all season on NBC’s website and the NBCSports mobile apps. Most packages on streaming services such as fuboTV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue and Sling TV include NBC.

SNF betting tips

How to bet Sunday Night Football like a sharp

The hype and hoopla circulating Sunday Night Football can distract casual bettors. Analysts, reporters and local news crews have a full week to pump out every different angle to the game and dig for stories. Players can add to the mirage on social media whether by talking up their own team or taking too many shots at the opposition.

Learn to separate the hype from fact and don’t fall victim to live-betting out of boredom if the game ends up being a dud. Look at the lines early in the week to assess the odds before the public money starts pouring in and either bet on the numbers set by the books or sit and wait to see if the line shifts in your favor. Reassess later in the week and bet against the public if the line shifts too heavily based on nothing more than favoritism.

The standalone nature of the game also draws in more bets. The entire nation is focused on one single game, which, more often than not, is no bigger than the dozen or so games that preceded it that week. Never bet just to add to the excitement (or create excitement around a lackluster matchup) if wanting long-term success. Wait to see if the favorite falls behind early and then is given a high number as a sudden in-game underdog. Carefully browse through lines on prop bets, looking at different sportsbooks and pick the best value. Shop around and pick on a book that seems out of touch with the others. Don’t scoff at an easier play on the point spread in search of a big payday with a heavy underdog winning outright.

Sunday Night Football edges

Primetime games often see home teams too heavily favored. Do the research, keep up to date with injury news and look at the matchup in a vacuum to see if the odds check out. Don’t look too much at individual players returning to their hometown, being reported as having “extra motivation” or who may be close to statistical milestones. Few wide receivers, for example, can seriously impact a game on their own, especially when facing a top corner who’s fully aware of their motivation in the one-on-one matchup.

Look for teams and especially head coaches who thrive under the spotlight and more importantly the additional preparation time. The Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers receive more primetime slots than the average team. This experience provides an edge in certain matchups against teams who may be overwhelmed from added media attention and interview requests.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does Sunday Night Football start?

Sunday Night Football kicks off every week from Sept. 11 through Jan. 8 at 8:20 p.m. Eastern. The ‘Football Night in America’ pregame show begins at 7 p.m. Eastern. NBC first started airing SNF for the 2006 season, taking over from ESPN.

How to stream Sunday Night Football?

Never miss a SNF game when you’re on the go with the NBCSports mobile apps. Cord-cutters can also use streaming services such as Hulu which includes NBC in most of its packages.

Who are the SNF announcers?

Booth announcers Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (color commentary) provide the broadcast each week. Field reporter Melissa Stark and rules expert Terry McAulay join in. Maria Taylor, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Chris Simms, Jac Collinsworth, Mike Florio and Matthew Berry make up the pregame show.

Who was the original Sunday Night Football broadcast crew?

Cris Collinsworth replaced legendary former head coach John Madden as the color commentator beside Michaels in 2009.

Who sings the Sunday Night Football theme song?

Country music star Carrie Underwood has been singing the SNF theme since 2013. She replaced fellow country star Faith Hill, who took over from pop star Pink after just one season in 2007. The current song is titled “Game On”. Previous versions were “Oh, Sunday Night” and “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night” in 2016.