NFL

49ers, Cowboys renew playoff rivalry after 27-year hiatus


COWBOYS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Dak Prescott plays his first playoff game since signing a club-record $160 million, four-year contract during the offseason.


KEY INJURIES/COVID-19: Niners LT Trent Williams (elbow) missed last week’s game, but is aiming to be back Sunday.


... Standout rookie LB Micah Parsons and eight-time Pro Bowl LT Tyron Smith were activated off the COVID-19 list after missing the Philadelphia game.


... S Jayron Kearse, a surprisingly key defender in part because of his versatility against the run and pass, didn’t come off the COVID-19 list until Thursday and also has been battling a hamstring injury.


STATS AND STUFF: The 49ers made the playoffs for the second time in five seasons under Kyle Shanahan after losing the Super Bowl to Kansas City two years ago.


Garoppolo completed 63.8% of his throws for 142.3 yards per game with two TDs, three INTs and a 75.9 rating in the playoff run two years ago.






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