The N.F.C. side of the N.F.L. playoff bracket whittled into kind on Sunday with the first upset of the postseason– the sixth-seeded San Francisco 49ers beat the third-seeded Dallas Cowboys, 23-17, in a video game that boiled down to an odd and harried finish.Earlier Sunday,
the Buccaneers completely dispatched the Philadelphia Eagles, beating them 31-15 to advance to the divisional round with a minimum of one more guaranteed house video game. Tom Brady threw for 271 backyards and the Buccaneers’defense prevented the Eagles from scoring until the 4th quarter.The Buccaneers will play the winner of the Monday night’s video game between the Cardinals and Rams, while the 49ers will travel to Lambeau Field to face the Packers, the N.F.C.’s No. 1 seed.The A.F.C.’s playoff photo will be fixed after No. 2 Kansas City faces the seventh-seeded Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night.The least expensive staying seed, either the Bengals or Steelers(must they win), will deal with the No. 1-seeded Titans in the divisional round.
2021 N.F.L. Season News and Analysis Below is a look at how Sunday’s matchups played out.49 ers 23, Cowboys 17 From the opening drive, when the 49ers marched 75 backyards and scored a goal in just seven plays, San Francisco established what would be an intense game. Its defense limited Dallas