49ers vs Cowboys live stream: How to NFL Playoffs Wild Card game online

Jimmy Garoppolo and Dak Prescott will face off in the 49ers vs Cowboys live stream
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The 49ers vs Cowboys live stream is coming up today, and it features a classic NFC playoff matchup between these historic franchises. This time around it will be the NFC East Champion Cowboys and Dak Prescott against Jimmy Garoppolo and the sixth seeded Niners kicking it off in this NFL live stream.

The 49ers vs Cowboys channel, start time

The 49ers vs Cowboys live stream airs today Sunday (Jan. 16).
Time — 4.30 p.m. ET / 1.30 p.m. PT / 9.30 p.m. GMT
• U.S. — Watch on CBS via Fubo.TV or Paramount Plus• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports NFL
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The 49ers (10-7) just squeaked into the playoffs following a 27-24 overtime win over the Rams in week 18. The win featured 21 second-half points by the Niners and a game winning field goal in overtime. A San Francisco loss, coupled with the New Orleans Saints winning their final game of the season, would have bounced the 49ers from postseason contention.

After missing the playoffs last year the Niners started this season just 3-5. Then the turnaround started which included a 7-2 finish to the season. Garoppolo shook off a torn ligament late in the season to help the team rally to comeback in the week 18 win. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel has been the team’s go-to player. The soon-to-be 26-year-old was fifth in the NFL in receiving with 1,405 yards while he also caught six touchdowns, ran for eight and threw for another. That’s a full year!  

The Cowboys (12-5) are in the playoffs for the second time in the Dak Prescott era and it would be harder to find a team hotter than Dallas as the postseason gets underway. Prescott and company ended the regular season with two 50-point games in the final three weeks of the year. They beat Washington 56-14 in week 16, then beat the Eagles 51-26 to wrap up their season.

Prescott showed no ill-effects from the broken foot that ended his season in week five last year, or from the shoulder strain he suffered this past training camp. He threw for a career-high 37 touchdowns, posted a 100-plus passer rating for the first time since his rookie season (104.2) and led the Cowboys to the second-best passing attack in the NFL with 282.4 passing yards-per-game. Only the Tom Brady-led Bucs averaged more yards through the air per-game than the Cowboys.

The Cowboys are 3-point favorites against the 49ers. The over/under is 51. 

So, who wins this leg of the race to Super Bowl 2022?

49ers vs Cowboys Inactives:

49ers: Jaylon Moore (OL),  Talanoa Hufanga (S), Trey Sermon (RB), Deommodore Lenoir (DB), Marcell Harris (LB), Maurice Hurst (DL), Darqueze Dennard (CB)

Cowboys: Nahshon Wright (CB), Maurice Canady (CB), Keanu Neal (LB), Matt Farniok (C), Simi Fehoko (WR), Quinton Bohanna (DT) 


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49ers vs Cowboys live streams in the US

In the U.S., the 49ers vs Cowboys live stream is going to be broadcast on CBS, which is available with most cable packages and on one of our favorite streaming services: fuboTV

The game starts at 4.30 p.m. ET / 1.30 p.m. PT today Sunday (Jan. 16)

You can get your local CBS network's NFL games via Paramount Plus, if you want.

The NFL game broadcast rights have stayed similar season over season. CBS gets AFC games on Sunday afternoons, FOX has the NFC games, NBC has Sunday Night Football and some Thursday night football, while ESPN has Monday Night Football. Amazon Prime Video has some Thursday Night Football games, while the NFL Network will continue to offer a bunch of games throughout the year. 

So, that makes it really easy to recommend where cord-cutters should turn to watch the NFL season: Fubo TV. Built for all things sports, Fubo has all three of those local broadcasters, plus ESPN and NFL Network. That's why it's one of the best streaming services.

Sling TV doesn't have CBS (not without AirTV at least), so while that's one of our favorite services, it's not ideal for football fans.

Fubo.TV:a 7-day free trial

Fubo.TV: One of the best streaming services with FOX, and the top pick for watching all of the 2021 NFL live streams, Fubo has all of the right network channels and the two cable channels you don't want to go without. Who needs cable? Not Fubo subscribers. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front.

Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus combines what used to be CBS All Access with even more content from the deep ViacomCBS vault. Get access to Survivor and Big Brother episodes, as well as originals like Star Trek: Picard and The Good Fight. And more great stuff is on the way, including Frasier and Criminal Minds revivals.

NFL Sunday Ticket: This game is not included in NFL Sunday Ticket, which is available even if you don't have DirecTV. For more details check out our guide on How to get NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV.

49ers vs Cowboys live streams for free

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49ers vs Cowboys live streams in the UK

American football fans across the pond can watch 49ers vs Cowboys on Sky Sports, the typical home to more than 100 live games per NFL season. 

The 49ers vs Cowboys live stream starts at 9.30 p.m. GMT Sunday night.

Americans abroad could just use the service of their choice, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

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Marc Farzetta

Marc is a contributing sportswriter at Tom’s Guide covering the NFL, NBA and MLB as well as various other leagues. He is a graduate of Temple University where he studied Broadcasting and Journalism. Marc’s previous stops include the Trenton Times and NBC Sports Philadelphia. He also worked on the production crew of NBC Sunday Night Football for 11 seasons. When not working, Marc is probably sipping his next espresso to get him ready for more work.