Saturday’s Divisional Playoff game will see the Cowboys take on the 49ers. Here are five bold predictions for how Dallas will fare.
Long-time NFL fans know the significance of the Cowboys-49ers rivalry. However, the two sides haven’t met in the postseason since 1994. I expect this edition of the NFC rivalry to look very different from what it did 20 years ago.
The Cowboys hope they can build on the momentum stemming from last week’s 51-26 beatdown of the Eagles. Dak Prescott displayed surgeon-like precision when he dismantled the Philadelphia secondary. He’ll be looking to repeat that feat at home against San Francisco.
After a narrow victory over the Rams, the 49ers head into the matchup with a 27-24 win. Jimmy Garoppolo will need to play at a high level to keep up with the Cowboys’ diverse scoring attack.
Five bold predictions about how the Cowboys win at home Sunday.
5. DeMarcus Lawrence will score two sacks
Lawrence hasn’t had the same caliber season rushing the passers as rookie Micah Parsons, but his performance will be vital for the Cowboys in the postseason. He’s in line for a big day against San Francisco since the ‘Niners will likely focus their efforts on keeping Parsons in check.
It’s still risky to leave Lawrence alone with an offensive lineman. Combine that with Garoppolo’s tendency to hold on to the ball for extended periods of time and it’s easy to see how Lawrence can have a big day. Put the wily veteran down for a pair of sacks to help turn the game in his team’s favor.