49ers’ 5 keys to beating Cowboys in playoff opener: ‘Run it again!’

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49ers’ 5 keys to beating Cowboys in playoff opener: ‘Run it again!’

49ers’ 5 keys to beating Cowboys in playoff opener: ‘Run it again!’

The sixth-seeded 49ers open their playoff run Sunday looking to run past the host and No. 3-seeded Dallas Cowboys.

That day has come.Up first is a visit to the No. 3-seed Dallas Cowboys (12-5) inside AT&T Stadium. Nearly 100,000 fans are expected, and while the home team wants a “white out” with the crowd’s attire, 49ers fans are sure to flock in red jerseys. Imagine: Candy Cane Lane.

Not totally.Of their Super Bowl 22 starters two years ago, 13 will be in this Sunday’s lineup, and, perhaps the most unexpected of them all is quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who’s fended off top draft pick Trey Lance and a Dec. 23 thumb sprain.RUN IT AGAIN!

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| Bay Area News Group January 15, 2022 at 8:00 a.CBS will do a traditional broadcast of the game featuring lots of schematic analysis.Playoffs ARLINGTON, TEXAS (CBSDFW.Hide Caption Jerry Rice shares what it meant to finally beat the Cowboys dynasty in 1994 49ers legend joins Sports Seriously and relives his favorite memories from the 49ers-Cowboys rivalry from the 90s.

m. George Kittle, amid a crushing end to the 49ers’ Super Bowl defeat, vowed two years ago to get back to the playoffs. Dallas Cowboys fans cheer during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Jan. That day has come. For the first time in 27 years they’ll be taking on the San Francisco 49ers in the postseason. A more daunting path than 2019 awaits them, however, if the 49ers (10-7) are to eventually play for their sixth Lombardi Trophy on Feb. (Michael Ainsworth / AP) Evan Grant 4:39 PM on Jan 14, 2022 CST You should know this: Nickelodeon’s broadcast of the Cowboys-49ers wild card game Sunday will feature much more than just slime. 13 in Los Angeles. Somewhat shockingly, this is the first time since 1998 that both teams are in the playoffs in the same season.

As the NFC’s No. There will be virtual reality slime cannons exploding after touchdowns, just as there were in last year’s first Nickelodeon co-broadcast with partner CBS. Dallas Cowboys for life!” she said. 6 seed, the 49ers essentially need to win three times on the road, similar to what Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did last year as the Super Bowl’s seventh wild-card champion. Up first is a visit to the No. There will be a slime booth at AT&T Stadium. 3-seed Dallas Cowboys (12-5) inside AT&T Stadium. On Friday, she took in AT&T Stadium and tried and get some tickets. Nearly 100,000 fans are expected, and while the home team wants a “white out” with the crowd’s attire, 49ers fans are sure to flock in red jerseys. New Orleans’ Sean Payton, after all, set the precedent for that last year when he took a dousing after the Saints beat Chicago in the first Nickelodeon broadcast.  The celebrated highlight of this back-and-forth clash came when wide receiver Dwight Clark made a leaping catch in the back of the end zone for the winning score in the game's final minute.

Imagine: Candy Cane Lane. “This time around is completely different than last time,” Kittle said. OK, I obviously haven’t put on Nickelodeon lately. The Cowboys and 49ers have a storied playoff history full of thrilling victories and agonizing defeats, but the hype over the battle on the field is almost eclipsed by the battle over which teams’ fans will takeover AT&T Stadium. “Last time, we were No. 1 seed, sitting with a bye, getting our bodies right.” Which pretty much sums up this whole endeavor. “Now we’re on the on road, guaranteed almost for the next three games, to get back to where we want to go.” On Sunday, his San Jose based group will be hosting a tailgate for 250-plus traveling fans.

It’s a different mindset. Nickelodeon, which sits under the same ViacomCBS umbrella as CBS, will offer a different wrinkle.” Not totally. “There’s no room for error or you’ll be sent home,” said Nick Bosa, who wept on the 49ers’ bench once they lost Super Bowl LIV to the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-20, in Miami. The first down marking line will be slime green instead of yellow. if you watch the games that the 49ers have played away, we’ve taken over stadiums,” he said. The 49ers wouldn’t have made the playoffs if not for last Sunday’s comeback win over the Rams, improving their road record to 6-3 this season. Of their Super Bowl 22 starters two years ago, 13 will be in this Sunday’s lineup, and, perhaps the most unexpected of them all is quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who’s fended off top draft pick Trey Lance and a Dec. Iain Armitage, the star of CBS’ Young Sheldon, will explain penalties in a clear, yet witty manner, of which Dean Blandino never dreamed.

23 thumb sprain.” Lane said. Postseason goals were instilled immediately into any newcomers, such as Arden Key, who said: “That’s the culture around here: get to the big ’ship every year. The Nickelodeon virtual reality blimp will add another dimension.” Here are five ways to start the 49ers’ first championship run since their 1994 team knocked off the two-time reigning champion Cowboys en route to the Super Bowl: RUN IT AGAIN! It’s no secret: the 49ers want to win by running, otherwise it falls upon Garoppolo’s passing panache in the two-minute drill. Two Januarys ago, they ran wild in playoff-opening wins over the Vikings (47 carries, 186 yards) and the Packers (42 carries, 285 yards). Yes, it’s an attempt to draw a younger generation of viewers to the NFL. For a 5th grade graduation memory book, she was asked what do you want to be when you grow up?. “Run it again! Run it again!” Kittle bellowed to the 49ers’ sideline during their ground assault in the 27-10 rout of Minnesota.

Rather than rely on perimeter runs with their outside-zone scheme, the 49ers may want to power up the middle against a Dallas defense that’s allowing 4. Kids can watch it.47 yards per carry (23rd in NFL).. Rookie Elijah Mitchell is averaging 4. Together.7 yards per carry, and while his 963 yards in just 11 games is impressive, he hasn’t fumbled in 207 career carries entering his first postseason. Spelling him with offensive catalyst Deebo Samuel is no longer a novelty, and Samuel’s ability to turn the corner with his bullish style has the Cowboys on high alert. Last year’s game drew 2.

Since 1990, the 49ers have 18 road wins, and only the Chiefs (20) and the New Orleans Saints (19) have more. One key to that: ball possession, as their average time of possession per road game is 31 minutes, 49 seconds (third-best in the NFL). This year, the network has aired a weekly NFL highlights show — NFL SlimeTime — and has a year’s worth of experience at integrating Nickelodeon intellectual property into the NFL. DISTURB DAK PRESCOTT What also worked well last playoff run was a balanced pass rush, and the 49ers have found a more balanced approach to complement Pro Bowler Nick Bosa, with Arden Key and Samson Ebukam among those benefitting from Bosa’s attention. Still, Bosa should be extra motivated now that he missed All-Pro honors despite a career-high 15 ½ sacks on a rebuilt knee. “Yes, we’re trying to reach a younger audience. He hasn’t had a monster game this season, statistically.

But he’s been maniacly consistent, and so have the double teams and offensive tackle’s chokeholds.” Said analyst Nate Burleson, who spent a decade in the NFL as a receiver: “We want to give the viewer a complete broadcast. “Good defense and running the ball helps you win in the playoffs, so we have those things and we’re hoping it could lead us in the right direction,” Bosa added. Bosa commended left tackle Tyron Smith as a future Hall of Famer, so look for Bosa to line up more at left end and tear into right tackle La’el Collins. It’s about being genuine so that you can make things digestible for both groups. “They’re definitely beatable. There’s tape on them getting beat and we’re trying to do the same,” Bosa said of Smith and Collins. I want people to be able to hear the joy inside my heart.

Like Bosa, Prescott enjoyed a strong comeback from a 2020 injury (ankle), and he passed for 4,449 yards with 37 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and 30 sacks. “He isn’t easy to bring down, and he’s good under pressure,” Bosa said. Both Burleson and Robbins have three kids at home, ranging from ages 8 to 17. “I see him complete a lot of balls while guys are flashing in his face or while he’s getting hit. He’s poised, for sure. A year ago, Burleson spent as much time re-watching Nickelodeon shows as All-22 Film in preparation for the broadcast.” DON’T GET BEAT DEEP Yes, the 49ers iced Sunday’s win in Los Angeles on Ambry Thomas’ overtime interception of a Matthew Stafford heave.

That guarantees nothing this game. This year, Burleson, who played against the Cowboys in the wild card round in 2007 while with Seattle, also aims to not shy away from the history of the Dallas-San Francisco playoff rivalry. Thomas and Emmanuel Moseley figure to serve as the starters, and each had a confidence-boosting interception last game. But Moseley also drew the 23rd pass-interference call against the 49ers this season, and that stigma could get exploited. The teams have met seven times in the playoffs with some iconic moments , including Dwight Clark’s “The Catch” to lead San Francisco to a 28-27 win in 1982. The referee: Alex Kemp, who called 10 penalties on the 49ers in their Dec. 5 loss at Seattle, including one for pass interference (on Deommodore Lenoir), plus two for roughing the passer on a Seahawks’ touchdown drive. “This is a big-time rivalry.

Safeties Jaquiski Tartt (groin) and Talanoa Hufanga (knee) are not at full strength, so Jimmie Ward better have studied up to cover all bases against the likes of CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson Jr. If the 49ers do make an interception, perhaps they shouldn’t race for a photo opp in the end zone. We’re kind of like the cool substitute teacher. Doing so in the Super Bowl only spurred the Chiefs’ comeback. THAT ONE JIMMY PASS Pitching a perfect game is not Garoppolo’s forte.” And if not, you can always just sit back and watch the slime. Each game, there is a befuddling throw as if he’s actually targeting a linebacker or another defender he does not see.

Then he rebounds, often magnificently so. He’s done that at essentially the same rate as 2019. In the drive following an interception, Garoppolo is 36-of-41 for 341 yards with no touchdowns, one interception and a 91.2 passer rating. Those numbers are similar to 2019, his previous full season: 36-of-39 for 339 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, 120.

0 passer rating. Dallas leads the league in takeways and interceptions, including 11 interceptions from rookie Trevon Diggs, who still can be beaten on the boundary by Brandon Aiyuk and Jauan Jennings. “Trevon really just tracks the ball really well,” Garoppolo said. “I mean, you could tell that he used to play receiver. He could make some great plays on it.

But, their whole defense, they’re pretty skilled across the board.” Shanahan agreed, saying how that Cowboys defense embodies the ideals of its coordinator, Dan Quinn, who was the Atlanta Falcons coach the previous six seasons and had Shanahan as his offensive coordinator in 2015-16. Their careers, of course, are forever intertwined by that 2016 Falcons squad blowing a 28-3 lead and losing the Super Bowl to New England. THE ‘X’ FACTORS Things won’t go according to plan. So what could sway the momentum and change the game? These possible ‘X’ factors: 1.

Linebacker Micah Parsons. The rookie made First-Team All-Pro by showing tremendous range and ball-seeking ability, whether it was as a 13-sack pass rusher (a role he thrived in once Lawrence got hurt) or as an off-the-ball linebacker. “It’s the first time I’ve gotten to study him,” 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel said. “I’m alive, so I’ve heard about him. And he’s been noisy this year and is very impressive.

” 2. The specialists. Cowboys kicker Greg Zeurlein has made just 29-of-35 field-goal attempts, and he’s just 5-of-14 from at least 50 yards the past two seasons. The 49ers hope to have punter Mitch Wishnowsky out of concussion protocol and avoid last game’s emergency actions, in which kicker Robbie Gould took over punts and Kyle Juszczyk held on kicks. The 49ers’ returners have made for some hectic moments all season, so it’ll be interesting if they activate Trenton Cannon for kickoff returns or just ride with third-down back JaMycal Hasty.

3. COVID potential. Neither team has any player from their 53-man roster on COVID reserve, but obviously that can change before kickoff. The Cowboys welcomed Parsons and Smith back to practice this week after they missed the regular-season finale, after they were among 26 Cowboys players who tested positive since November. Nickel back K’Waun Williams was among five 49ers defensive backs who cleared through protocols last week, and although he wasn’t fit enough to face the Rams, he practiced in full this past week.

The only 49ers on the COVID list are running back Raheem Mostert (injured reserve) and two practice-squad players, Josh Hokit and Luq Barcoo. Related Articles .