Ranking each potential 49ers NFC playoff opponent from weakest to strongest

The 49ers will be eagerly awaiting their playoff opponents in the divisional round and hopefully beyond, but which teams are the strongest and which are the weakest?

Dallas Cowboys v San Francisco 49ers
Dallas Cowboys v San Francisco 49ers / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages
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Dallas Cowboys

On the one hand, Dallas has been almost faultless since the 49ers pummelled them 42-10 in Week 5, going from being perceived as frauds in the NFC to one of the strongest teams in the NFL with a perfect home record.

They're a team that must be respected.

On the plus side for the 49ers, they've had the Cowboys' number in recent years with a 3-0 record in the last three outings, including two playoff games. The much-vaunted Cowboys offense also has been susceptible to the Niners defense, too, with Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott struggling in every matchup.

But don't underestimate the desire for revenge, nor the context of a potential third playoff meeting in as many years. The Cowboys can only play the 49ers in the NFC Championship, and the current narrative is the Cowboys aren't able to leap at the NFC Championship or beyond.

This would be a different Cowboys team entirely in terms of mental toughness if they break through the barrier.