One of the most intriguing matchups of Super Wild Card Weekend takes place in Arlington, Texas this afternoon, as Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys host the San Francisco 49ers. One reason this game is highly anticipated is because it will be broadcasted on Nickelodeon! Get ready for one of the most entertaining broadcasts of the year, featuring plenty of slime. Who's your pick to win NVP this year?
This 49ers vs. Cowboys showdown also has historical significance as well. The winner of a San Francisco vs. Dallas playoff matchup has gone on to win the Super Bowl five out of seven times! Dwight Clark's "The Catch" occurred in this series and so did Jimmy Johnson's "How 'bout them Cowboys!" after a 1992 NFC Championship victory. The Cowboys are making their first postseason appearance in three years, but they may be a legitimate contender. They finished this season as the NFL's No. 1 total and scoring offense for the fourth time. The last time they finished No. 1 in both total and scoring offense? The Super Bowl VI team.
Below, we will examine the different betting angles for this matchup. We will provide picks from both CBS Sports and SportsLine experts on this NFC showdown, as well as a few player props that we view as enticing.
All NFL odds are via Caesars Sportsbook.
How to watch
Date: Sunday, Jan. 16 | Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
TV: CBS, Nickelodeon | Stream: For CBS broadcast only on Paramount+ (click here)
Odds: Cowboys -3, O/U 51
49ers at Cowboys spread picks
"SLIME TIME, BABY! Nick's playoff game returns and CBS landed a whopper of a matchup with two longtime NFC rivals squaring off in this meat-of-the-sammy Sunday afternoon game that should draw tons of eyeballs, particularly as parents get kids to watch via the fun, goofy nature of the Nick broadcast. And the game will be great, too; this is the tightest spread of the entire weekend, with the Cowboys favored by just a field goal. More than a few people believe the Niners can pull off the outright upset, including myself. Dallas will probably be able to score, but I think the concern here is the Cowboys being unable to slow down the 49ers' run game. Kyle Shanahan has been cooking over the second half of the season and Deebo Samuel is fully healthy and ready to roll. Love the Over in this spot, but think the Niners are the best play here." -- CBS Sports Senior NFL Writer and Pick Six Podcast host Will Brinson is on the 49ers! To read his wild card column, click click here.
"The 49ers are the team nobody wanted to see in the playoffs. They are built to make a run. They are tough and can run the ball, which the Denver Broncos showed this season could be an issue for the Cowboys. The Dallas offense got back on track against the Eagles' JV team last week, but this is a much tougher challenge with the 49ers defensive line coming off a dominant performance last week against the Rams. I think that will impact the Dallas passing game and Dak Prescott. I think this is the upset of the week. The 49ers will use their run game and pass rush while taking a few explosive shots to move on to the next round." -- CBS Sports Senior NFL Columnist Pete Prisco likes the 49ers to pull off the upset. To read the rest of his Wild Card picks, click here.
"Are the Cowboys a legitimate contender or not? They finished 6-0 against their terrible division and 6-5 against everyone else! Dak Prescott and this offense are capable of lighting up the scoreboard, but the 49ers know how to both control time of possession, and be creative on offense. The 49ers are known for their ground game. Whether it's Elijah Mitchell, Deebo Samuel or JaMycal Hasty toting the rock, the No. 7 run offense in the league knows how to assert its dominance. Still, something really stuck out to me in their win over the Rams last week. Jimmy Garoppolo had a solid outing, and it was because of how talented his wideouts are. Samuel racked up 140 total yards and a touchdown. He also threw a touchdown to Jauan Jennings, who caught six passes for 94 yards and two scores. Brandon Aiyuk then made several big plays as well, as he caught six passes for 107 yards.
"I'm leaning to the upset here. This 49ers team can compete with anyone, and if it has a legitimate passing attack, watch out." -- CBS Sports' Jordan Dajani likes the 49ers as well. To read his picks, click here.
"The problem for Quinn's defense is that it has struggled to stop the run over the past few months. Although everyone has been focussing on the offensive slump the Cowboys were in, their defense has also been struggling at times. Since Week 9, it has surrendered 130 yards per game on the ground, which is one of the worst numbers in the NFL over that span. The Cowboys are 2-4 this year when they surrender more than 125 yards on the ground and they're playing a 49ers team that loves to run the ball.
"Also, I'm still not quite sure how good the Cowboys are. Although they went 12-5, half of their wins came from beating up on their division: Dallas went 6-0 against the NFC East, but just 6-5 against everyone else. On the flip side, the 49ers seemed to thrive in non-divisional games: San Francisco went 2-4 in NFC West play, but 8-3 against everyone else.
"If the Cowboys really are America's team, then I feel sorry for the 49ers, because America is going to hate them after this game." -- CBS Sports' John Breech likes the 49ers to upset "America's Team," too. To read his full column, click here.
Before you make any 49ers vs. Cowboys picks or any other NFL predictions, you need to see which side SportsLine expert Micah Roberts is on. Roberts has worked in the Las Vegas sportsbook industry for 20-plus years, including a 13-year run as Station Casinos' book director. He is 7-4 against the spread in his last 11 NFL picks for a profit of $265 for $100 bettors. In addition, Roberts has gone an astounding 9-0 in his last nine picks involving San Francisco, returning $900 to $100 bettors! We can tell you he's leaning Over on the total, but you need to check out his against the spread pick. For that, head on over to SportsLine.
49ers at Cowboys total picks
"The 49ers are 8-8-1 to the Over while the Cowboys are 8-9. However, Dallas is 5-3 to the Over at home. The Over/Under is currently listed at 51 points, and the Cowboys have scored at least 51 points by themselves twice over their past three games. They are the No. 1 scoring offense in the league for a reason, but the 49ers have shown the ability to keep up on the scoreboard as well. If there's a game in Super Wild Card Weekend I have to pick to go Over, it's this one." -- CBS Sports' Jordan Dajani
Before you make any Cowboys vs. 49ers picks, you'll want to see what the SportsLine Projection Model is saying. The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,400 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception six-plus years ago. The model enters the 2021 NFL playoffs on an incredible 136-97 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. To see what it has to say about the total, head on over to SportsLine.
CeeDee Lamb receiving yards: Over 63.5 (-130). Lamb hasn't crossed this number in the last two outings, but doesn't this just feel like it could be a big CeeDee game? He's hit this mark in nine out of 16 games played this season.
Jauan Jennings: Over 29.5 (-105). Jennings had his coming out party last week against the Rams, as he caught six passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns. I think the 49ers are going to try to get him going again. I don't expect him to catch two touchdowns or anything, but I think he can get to 30 yards receiving.
Jimmy Garoppolo interceptions: Over 0.5 (-135). Garoppolo has thrown two interceptions in each of the past two games, and seven interceptions over the past six contests.
Dak Prescott passing touchdowns: Over 1.5 (-210). Too juicy to play by itself, but throw it into a same-game parlay.