SANTA CLARA — The 49ers have something absurdly close to a full squad for the team’s final home game of the season — a Divisional Round playoff matchup with the longtime rival Cowboys.
Only quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and defensive back Ambry Thomas were the only two players on the Niners’ roster who were unavailable for selection to the team’s 46-man game-day roster Sunday.
No one else on the roster was even listed as questionable heading into the game.
The 49ers were one of the most injured teams in the NFL this season, per ManGamesLost.com, but one could make the case that they are the healthiest they have been all season — including Week 1 — for this, the team’s 19th game.
NFL 2022 regular season injury plot. Games missed to injuries and health protocols versus team wins. Bubble size represents cumulative quality of players lost for games (Lost-av metric) https://t.co/HBPgJxYIPz pic.twitter.com/oBHD5oQubB
— Man Games Lost NFL (@ManGamesLostNFL) January 12, 2023
The Niners might get Garoppolo back — as Brock Purdy’s backup — for next week for the NFC Championship Game against the Eagles, should the Niners advance.
“I’d be surprised, but I think it depends how this whole weekend goes, but I think it’s an outside chance,” Kyle Shanahan said Friday.
But the Super Bowl? (Again, should the 49ers advance.)
“I think there’d be a better chance then,” said Shanahan.
Trent’s Trash Talk
Pregame kicking warmups are typically a quiet, uneventful affair.
That was not the case before Sunday’s game.
A few days after Cowboys kicker Brett Maher missed four extra points in the Cowboys’ first-round playoff game against the Buccaneers, he struggled in pregame warmups at Levi’s Stadium.
He also received a visit from 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams, who was clearly not stopping by to wish him well.
Tempers never flared, but the conversation drew over several Niners and Cowboys players and personnel, with Niners kicker Robbie Gould taking Williams out of the fray.
#49ers #Cowboys get into verbal spat over traffic jam on field as kicker Brett Maher attempts to warmup while Brock Purdy gets in his throws. Trent Williams, Aaron Banks and Robbie Gould intervene.
Maher missed 4 PATs in Monday win at Tampa pic.twitter.com/iWJZspQIuC
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) January 22, 2023
• Jimmy Garoppolo – QB • Ambry Thomas – CB • Ross Dwelley – TE • Nick Zakelj – OT • Tyrion Davis-Price – RB • Alex Barrett – DT • Drake Jackson – DE
• Jason Peters – OT • Jabril Cox – LB • Will Grier – QB • Jalen Tolbert – WR • Nahshon Wright – CB • Peyton Hendershot – TE • Quinton Bohanna – DT
How’s the weather?
A week after a deluge of rain threatened the 49ers and Seahawks, the Niners and Cowboys were welcomed to Levi’s Stadium Sunday by cloudless skies, a beaming sun, and a temperature that is expected to rise to 60 degrees at kickoff.
In short: perfect football weather.
With perfect jerseys, to boot. The 49ers will wear their home reds, the Cowboys, their everyday white jerseys. It’s a classic look for what could be a classic day.
What channel is the game on?
The Cowboys have long been the darlings of FOX, which holds the regular-season NFC broadcasting rights. “America’s Team” might be a ridiculous moniker, but the ‘Boys still sell.
The Niners aren’t too shabby themselves when it comes to television ratings.
FOX is broadcasting the game and sent its top crew to Levi’s Stadium. Kevin Burkhardt will be on play-by-play with former NFL tight end Greg Olsen providing analysis and Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi on the sidelines. It’s the start of an incredible stretch for the crew, who will also announce the NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia next Sunday and Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12.
KNBR (104.5-FM and 680-AM) will broadcast the game on local radio. Greg Papa and Tim Ryan will be on the call.
The national radio broadcast on Westwood One will be handled by Ryan Radtke, Mike Golic, and Ed Werder on the sideline.
The 49ers are 3.5-point favorites for Sunday’s game, per The Action Network. They had been 4-point favorites at some sportsbooks earlier this week.
The total for the game is 46.5.