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Orlovsky: 49ers ‘a really bad matchup’ for Cowboys in Wild-Card round

Jan 10, 2022 at 10:27 AM--

ESPN's Ryan Clark gave huge props to Jimmy Garoppolo, saying the quarterback was a big reason why the San Francisco 49ers clinched a playoff berth with a thrilling 27-24 overtime road win against the Los Angeles Rams. Garoppolo was playing hurt but still delivered a gutsy performance in what might have been his last regular-season outing with the 49ers.

Get Up co-host Dan Orlovsky is already looking toward the 49ers' first playoff opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, and feels the NFC East champions should be worried about facing a red-hot San Francisco squad.

"It's a bad matchup for the Dallas Cowboys," Orlovsky declared to Clark and Mike Greenberg. "It's a bad matchup for anybody in the NFC. I think it's mostly a bad matchup for the Cowboys because the Cowboys' strength is their pass rush. Well, that run game is going to minimize that a little bit.

"A brilliant coach in Kyle Shanahan is going to do everything he can to try to minimize the impact of No. 11, [LB] Micah Parsons. How many different things can he get him to look at to play a little slower? The screen game. Maybe you try to get him running sideline to sideline and the counter-action.

"I also think he's really good at finding weaknesses of a defense, people-wise, and attacking those guys. [CB] Anthony Brown has been attacked on that coverage, [No.] 30, for a long time. So, I just think it's a really bad matchup for the Dallas Cowboys. Again, I think it's a bad matchup for everybody in the NFC."

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