2022 NFL playoffs: 49ers biggest studs, duds from Wild Card win

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49ers Stud: Wide Receiver Deebo Samuel

No surprise here. After a productive season and his first All-Pro selection, wide receiver Deebo Samuel continued to impress in Dallas.

Against the Cowboys, he turned in a performance that featured 110 total yards and a 26-yard touchdown run. His only score of the game came with 5:50 left in the third quarter giving the Niners a 23-7 lead.

At the time it appeared to have put the game out of reach for the Cowboys, but that’s another story.

There were no trick plays or touchdown passes this time, but he did do exactly what his team needed. He played Samuel-like football, and his 72 rushing yards were the most by a wide receiver in a playoff game since the Super Bowl era began.

He proved all season long, and now in the playoffs, that having him on the field is a necessity. Samuel not only brings a great ability to the team, but he also brings leadership and a positive presence that is sorely needed on this roster.

Look for his dominance to continue next week in the divisional round against the Green Bay Packers.