One of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries will take center stage on Sunday Night Football in Week 5.
The San Francisco 49ers are one of the two remaining undefeated teams in the league. They will host the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC heavyweight showdown that continues the classic NFL showdown. The two teams have met in the playoffs the past two seasons, with the 49ers winning both games by a touchdown or less. They hit an NFL record nine times in the postseason.
The 49ers have been arguably the most impressive team in the NFL this season, getting off to a 4-0 start and scoring at least 30 points in each of their first four games. The Cowboys got back to winning ways in Week 4 after a tough loss to the Cardinals in Week 3.
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Just when it looked like the 49ers were going to score, they fumbled
The Niners’ good fortune didn’t last long.
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Christian McCaffrey, looking for a touchdown for the 14th consecutive game, returned the ball inside the 10-yard line and Dallas’ Jourdan Lewis recovered.
The Niners defense held firm though, with Fred Warner sacking Prescott on third-and-2. After a punt return, San Francisco took the ball inside the Dallas 40. — Chris Bombaka
49ers take control after one quarter
After one quarter, the San Francisco 49ers were firmly in control.
San Francisco had the ball at 12:09. The Cowboys are seven games into the game and have yet to crack a first down. Meanwhile, the Niners had eight first downs, two of which came via free throws.
The Cowboys are one of the most punished teams in the league, with officials throwing flags in their direction four times.
Niners quarterback Brock Purdy was 6-of-10 for 58 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown run by George Kittle on the opening drive. Receiver Brandon Aiyuk had a career-high 148 yards receiving in Week 4 and had two catches for 20 yards.
The play of the quarter was Fred Warner forcing a fumble on Cowboys running back Tony Pollard.
The Niners were in the red zone early in the second quarter, looking to make it a two-possession battle. —— Chris Bombaka
Tony Pollard drops ball as Fred Warner bats
The Cowboys committed their first turnover of the game.
Cowboys running back Tony Pollard was holding the football but was knocked down by 49ers linebacker Fred Warner. The football bounced on the ground for a moment until 49ers defensive tackle Kevin Gives caught the loose football and it went out of bounds. — Tyler Long
Cowboys offense gets off to a slow start
The Cowboys have yet to score their first win in the first two possessions.
Cowboys third-and-3 quarterback Dak Prescott was sacked by 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, resulting in a 6-yard loss. Bosa’s sack forced Dallas to punt the ball back to San Francisco with 6:54 left in the first quarter.
The Cowboys had a total of two yards to start the game. — Tyler Long
49ers 7, Cowboys 0: San Francisco kickoff statement
The 49ers made a statement in the series opener.
San Francisco went on a 75-yard touchdown drive in seven plays, culminating with a 19-yard touchdown catch by George Kittle.
Quarterback Brock Purdy went a perfect 4-for-4 passing on the 49ers’ first possession. Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel all hosted receptions at the opening ceremony in San Francisco. — Tyler Long
What time is it for Cowboys 49ers?
The Cowboys and 49ers tip off at 8:20 p.m. ET. The game will air on NBC. The game can also be streamed for free on Fubo.
Here are the USA TODAY Sports staff’s picks for the game:
Lorenzo Reyes: 31 points for 49ers, 25 for Cowboys — As Dallas puts it, it remembers the last two times it faced the Niners, San Francisco was the more balanced, more explosive team. Christian McCaffrey’s speed is unmatched and the Cowboys struggle against the rush. Red zone inefficiency is one thing against weaker opponents; The Cowboys were unable to put points on the field against the 49ers.
Tyler Long: 49ers 27 points, Cowboys 20 points — This could easily be a Week 5 game. The 49ers have sent the Cowboys home in the playoffs each of the past two seasons. San Francisco has won 14 consecutive regular season games. The streak won’t end this week. The 49ers are playing like the best team in football.
Victoria Hernandez: 49ers 27 points, Cowboys 25 — Maybe a preview of the NFC Championship? This game is in prime time for a reason. Dallas’ defense will provide the undefeated 49ers with their toughest challenge yet. But Christian McCaffrey is coming off a record-breaking season and will bring victory to his team.
Jordan Mendoza: 49ers 27 points, Cowboys 24 — Both teams are good offensively and defensively, making this game a must-see on TV to see who can win. It’s going to be a close game and I think the offense will actually expose the defense a little bit, but the 49ers haven’t shown anything worrisome this season. San Francisco is thriving and they solidified themselves as the best team in the NFL with a big win at home.
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Inactive players for 49ers and Cowboys
49ers inactive players:
- QB Brandon Allen
- OL Nick Zucker
- DL Kaliyah Davis
- RB Elijah Mitchell
- TE Brayden Willis
- LB Jaylen Graham
- LB Randy Gregory
Cowboys inactive players:
- QB Trey Lance
- Mukuamu, South Israel
- CB Eric Scott
- OL Asim Richards
- wide receiver Jalen Brooks
- TE Peyton Hendershot
- DL Viliami Fehoko
Get Dak Prescott ready for Sunday night’s showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.
I mean, who else?
After Sunday’s blowout win over the New England Patriots, the highly-hyped Cowboys quarterback certainly had a thoroughly salty response when he was asked about his role in knocking Dallas out of the playoffs the past two seasons. Motivation for a rematch with eliminated opponents. It’s all internal.
“I mean, you’re just trying to bring me down this week,” Prescott told a reporter who pressed on the subject, considering the quarterback’s January divisional playoff loss Two interceptions were thrown against San Francisco. “I’m grateful. I do. In fact, I do.”
Read Jarrett Bell’s full notebook here.
Before Micah Parsons became one of the best players in the NFL, he was a nightmare matchup for central Pennsylvania high school coaches.
As a running back. And the kicker. And return people. Obviously, there’s also the defensive ends/linebackers.
He did it all at Central Dauphin High School and Harrisburg High School, the two high schools Parsons played for. It’s no wonder the Dallas Cowboys’ star pass rusher is lobbying for opportunities on the other side of the ball.
“He could do it all offensively,” said Mick Vecchio, now-retired former head coach at Mifflin Governors in 2017, his senior year. One year, Parsons’ Harrisburg team was eliminated from the Pennsylvania 6A playoffs. “He would run around us and he would run over you. The combination of the two was incredible.
“He’s a monster among boys.”
Read Chris Bumbaca’s full feature here.
The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are two historic teams with 10 Super Bowl championships between them, but they have even more hatred for each other.
These two teams have met 39 times, and their historical record (including playoffs) is 19 wins, 19 draws and 1 loss. In eight seasons from 1988 to 1995, the 49ers and Cowboys won a combined six Super Bowl championships. They have met a record nine times in the playoffs, with the Cowboys going 5-4 in those crucial games.
From a historical perspective, this rivalry is about as close as it gets. Here are some of the best moments.
Cowboys odds vs. 49ers
Highlighting the Sunday Night Football odds, the San Francisco 49ers are one of the top NFL Week 5 bets to host Dallas. According to BetMGM NFL odds, the 49ers are favored by 3.5 points. Want to place a bet? Check out the best mobile sports betting apps offering NFL betting promotions in 2023.
49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (+1400) has the best betting odds on the 2023 NFL MVP, according to Top NFL Betting Apps. Both teams have some of the best early Super Bowl betting odds.
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What is the average price of NFL tickets?
According to TicketSmarter, the average price of an NFL ticket in 2023 is $377. That’s a huge jump from last season’s average price of $235. The most expensive tickets in the NFL are the Las Vegas Raiders, which cost an average of $582 per ticket. Behind the Raiders are Super Bowl 57 participants: the Kansas City Chiefs ($578) and the Philadelphia Eagles ($559). Here are the five with the highest average ticket prices:
- Las Vegas Raiders: $582
- Kansas City Chiefs: $578
- Philadelphia Eagles: $559
- Dallas Cowboys: $545
- New England Patriots: $534
Conversely, the Atlanta Falcons have the cheapest average price at $225. They are followed by the Houston Texans ($236) and Arizona Cardinals ($250). Here are the lowest five ticket averages:
- Atlanta Falcons: $225
- Houston Texans: $236
- Arizona Cardinals: $250
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: $263
- Tennessee Titans: $265
— Jordan Mendoza
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