49ers vs. Cowboys live score, updates, highlights from NFL wild-card playoff game

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San Francisco and Dallas orchestrated massive turnarounds this season after disappointing results a year ago. The Cowboys finished this year at 12-5, vastly improved from 6-10, while the 49ers went 10-7 after going 6-10 in 2021. 

Their reward for bouncing back? Playing each other in the first round of this year’s postseason, continuing one of the best and most historic rivalries in football, meeting for the first time in the playoffs since 1998 after decades of historic matchups prior to that.

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Dallas has one of the league’s most potent and high-powered offenses. The Cowboys won the NFC East with the league’s best scoring offense and best total offense thanks to strong play from quarterback Dak Prescott, who played in all but one game this year after playing in only five a season ago due to injury. 

Prescott completed 68.8 percent of his passes and threw for a career-high 37 touchdowns while CeeDee Lamb had 1,102 yards receiving and Ezekiel Elliott had 1,002 yards rushing.

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But as good as the Cowboys have been offensively, San Francisco has been nearly as strong on the other side of the ball. It’s a unit that’s ranked ninth in scoring defense and third in total defense to go along with 48 sacks and 21 forced fumbles.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from 49ers vs. Cowboys on Sunday. Follow below for complete results from the 2022 NFL wild-card playoff game.

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49ers vs. Cowboys score

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49ers vs. Cowboys live updates, highlights from NFL playoffs

4:40 p.m.: The opening kick goes for a touchback and San Francisco starts this game at its own 25.

4:39 p.m.: Dallas wins the toss and defers. The 49ers will receive the opening kick and start this game with the ball.

49ers vs. Cowboys start time 

  • Date: Sunday, Jan. 16
  • Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. PT

The second of three games on Sunday, this game will kickoff at 4:30 p.m. ET from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

What channel is 49ers vs. Cowboys on today? 

The Cowboys and 49ers will be covered by both CBS and Nickelodeon.

On the CBS broadcast, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will be in the booth and Tracy Wolfson will be reporting from the sidelines. Noah Eagle, Nate Burleson and Gabrielle Nevaeh Green will be on the Nickelodeon broadcast, with Dylan Gilmer on the sideline.

In Canada, viewers can watch 49ers vs. Cowboys with a subscription to DAZN, which includes every NFL game.

NFL playoff schedule: Wild Card round 

Saturday, Jan. 9 

Matchup Start time TV channel
Raiders at Bengals 4:30 p.m. ET NBC
Patriots at Bills 8:15 p.m. ET CBS

Sunday, Jan. 10 

Matchup Start time TV channel
Eagles at Buccaneers 1 p.m. ET FOX
49ers at Cowboys 4:30 p.m. ET CBS
Steelers at Chiefs 8:15 p.m. ET NBC

Monday, Jan. 11 

Matchup Start time TV channel
Cardinals at Rams 8:15 p.m. ET ABC, ESPN, ESPN2

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