A big matchup in this game will be how San Francisco’s defense matchups up against the Dallas offense, and how they will get pressure on the potential Comeback Player of the year this NFL season in Dak Prescott.
The Dallas Cowboys offensive line, led by future Hall of Fame tackle Tyron Smith, will present the 49ers with some difficulties in getting to the quarterback, but 49ers star pass rusher Nick Bosa is up for the challenge.
“They are definitely beatable,” Bosa said on Thursday. “There’s tape on them getting beat and we’re trying to do the same but they’ve definitely been in and out of the lineup this year and the past years so just game plan is to make them work.”
The 49ers have a star tackle themselves in former All-Pro Trent Williams, so Bosa is no stranger to going up against some stiff competition day in and day out every day at practice.
“I think they are both very solid players,” Bosa said. “Obviously Tyron has had a Hall of Fame career, I think. Him and Trent have been the best tackles in the league for a long time.”
It will certainly need to be a point of emphasis to keep Prescott upright in order for the Cowboys’ offense to find success in this game.
“Nick is a force,” Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said earlier in the week. “There’s only one number you need to look at and that’s his quarterback hits. He is definitely a pressure player and it all starts up front defensively for those guys.”
The 49ers are currently 3-point underdogs against the Cowboys on most sportsbooks this weekend, in what is projected to be the closest game of this Wild Card round of the playoffs.