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Cowboys Officially 3rd Seed in NFC, Hosting 49ers in Wild Card Round

The Dallas Cowboys have surprisingly moved up to the third seed in the NFC. They will now host the sixth-seeded San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card Round of the 2021 NFL Playoffs.

The Cowboys needed an unlikely series of events to improve their playoff seeding today. But a shocking home loss by the Arizona Cardinals to the Seattle Seahawks, plus the visiting 49ers defeating the Los Angeles Rams, has allowed Dallas to move up from fourth to third.

Had Tampa Bay lost to Carolina as well, Dallas would have moved up to second and faced the Eagles next week. But the Bucs handled their business against the Panthers and will now host Philadelphia in the first round.

Dallas and Los Angeles both finish the season 12-5 overall. But with no head-to-head tiebreaker between them, the Cowboys’ superior record (10-2 vs 8-4) against NFC opponents this year gives them the edge and the third seed.

Had the Cardinals won their game against Seattle, Arizona would’ve won the NFC West and then been the third seed thanks to their tiebreaking victory over Dallas in Week 17.

Next week’s games will be:

  • #7 Eagles @ #2 Buccaneers
  • #6 49ers @ #3 Cowboys
  • #5 Cardinals @ #4 Rams

We’re still waiting for confirmation on the days and times for these Wild Card Round games.

What do you think?


Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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  1. I think the third seed could be a big deal. If the cowboys can beat the 49ers, then they don’t have to go to Green Bay in the divisional round. If they were the 4th seed and 2nd and 3rd team won as well then it would be a different story. Maybe dak was right when he told Tom Brady we’ll see you again.

  2. San Francisco seems to be peaking at the right time this game won’t be a cake walk but with that said every game from here on out will be tough ! Hopefully we won’t have to go to cold GreenBay!

  3. After seeing the 9ers running game against the Rams, I hope our best run defenders are all healthy and at the top of their game. It could get very ugly very quickly if they aren’t. It might even get ugly even if they are. Their biggest strength against our biggest weakness.

  4. So if the cowboys lose tomorrow, are they out of the playoffs? I thought it was a lot different than what I’ve been reading today

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