The 49ers ended the Cowboys’ season in Santa Clara less than nine months ago. A year earlier, they ended their season in Dallas. A win on Sunday night for the Cowboys wouldn’t make up for those losses, but it might allow the team to put some old demons behind them ahead of what could be a special run in January.
While Dallas has looked dominant for much of the season’s first four weeks, the 49ers are the team entering Sunday night with an unbeaten record. San Francisco is 4-0, and Brock Purdy still hasn’t lost a regular-season game as an NFL starter.
The Cowboys’ defense has shut down the Patriots, Jets and Giants, but limiting an offense that has big-time weapons all over the field is an entirely different challenge.
The 49ers haven’t lost at home since Week 7 of last season, when Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs put up a 44-point effort. Before that, you would have to go all the way back to Nov. 7, 2021 to find San Francisco’s last home loss.
The Chiefs proved it last season: It takes a Super Bowl contender to knock off a healthy 49ers team in Santa Clara. Are the Cowboys up to that level? Owner Jerry Jones believes Sunday’s game will give the answer, as he told 105.3 The Fan that it will show how Dallas stacks up against the team he considers “the most likely” to win Super Bowl 58.
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Cowboys vs. 49ers final score
Cowboys vs. 49ers results, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’
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8:46 p.m. — There’s the first catch of the night for Lamb, but he doesn’t get the first down and Dak Prescott is sacked by Nick Bosa to quickly end the drive. This 49ers defense has picked up right where it left off against the Cowboys in January.
8:44 p.m. — Dallas’ second drive starts out with Tony Pollard getting dropped for a loss.
8:40 p.m. — Big-time stop by the Cowboys’ defense as Johnathan Hankins deflects Purdy’s third down pass with his helmet and forces a punt.
8:36 p.m. — The 49ers’ defense was all over Dallas on that drive. Three plays, two incompletions, and now the Cowboys will punt it right back.
49ers 7, Cowboys 0
8:30 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — Purdy finds a wide open Kittle in the end zone for the score! That was a well-scripted opening drive by Kyle Shanahan, and San Francisco has an early 7-0 lead.
Purdy. Kittle. Touchdown. The 49er Faithful loves it. @gkittle46
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— NFL (@NFL) October 9, 2023
8:27 p.m. — A little bit of chaos as Deebo Samuel drops a ball that was pretty close to being a fumble, but it’s all a non-issue as Dallas is hit with an offsides penalty. The 49ers are right about in field goal range.
8:25 p.m. — After a facemask penalty and a nine-yard pass to Brandon Aiyuk, the 49ers are already over midfield.
8:23 p.m. — Kickoff is a bit on the later end, but we are about to get underway. The 49ers will start with the ball.
8:10 p.m. — Jerry Jones said this week that this game will be a test of how the Cowboys match up with the NFL’s best, as if there wasn’t already pressure on Dallas to show something after the 49ers knocked them out of the playoffs in back-to-back years.
7:56 p.m. — Frank Gore and Vernon Davis are in the house! A couple greats from the 49ers’ last golden era under Jim Harbaugh.
Frank Gore and Vernon Davis in the building for SNF 🔥 pic.twitter.com/XMKgK4aeaF
— OurSF49ers (@OurSf49ers) October 8, 2023
7:36 p.m. — CeeDee Lamb is coming off back-to-back games with only four catches. Is he due for a huge performance tonight?
Sunday Night 💿 pic.twitter.com/5xaJTYs0Nc
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 8, 2023
7:11 p.m. — New 49ers acquisition Randy Gregory is officially inactive against his former team.
Jauan Jennings makes his return for #DALvsSF.
Week 5 @DignityHealth inactives: https://t.co/i7ANSsiMMk pic.twitter.com/FxE8MC6DX2
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 8, 2023
7:01 p.m. — The Eagles are going to win in Los Angeles, so the 49ers need a win to keep pace atop the NFC. After they had to play the last two NFC championship games on the road, the No. 1 seed is undoubtedly in the back of their minds.
6:45 p.m. — The run of great prime-time weather continues, as it’s set to be in the high 70s and sunny in Santa Clara tonight. No excuses for these powerful offenses.
What channel is Cowboys vs. 49ers on today?
Game: Cowboys vs. 49ers
Date: Sunday, Oct. 8
TV channel: NBC
Live stream: Peacock | NBCSports.com | Fubo (U.S.) | DAZN (Canada)
Cowboys vs, 49ers can be watched on NBC, which has long held the broadcast rights to “Sunday Night Football.”
Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (color analyst) will be on the call from Levi’s Stadium while Melissa Stark will serve as the sideline reporter. The crew is entering their second season together after Tirico replaced play-by-play legend Al Michaels while Stark took over for Michele Tafoya.
Fans can also stream the game via Peacock or NBCSports.com with a subscription, along with Fubo, which offers a free trial.
Viewers in Canada can stream every NFL game via DAZN.
Cowboys vs. 49ers start time
Date: Sunday, Oct. 8
Start time: 8:20 p.m. ET (5:20 p.m. CT)
Sunday night’s game between the Cowboys and 49ers is set to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET (5:20 p.m. local time) from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
The 49ers and Cowboys have a long history with one another, but San Francisco has gotten the better of Dallas in each of their last two meetings. The 49ers knocked the Cowboys out of the playoffs in both of the last two seasons, so a win for Dallas on Sunday could be helpful just from a psychological standpoint.