The NFL Divisional Round ended Sunday with the San Francisco 49ers beating the Dallas Cowboys with a 19-12 win to advance to the NFC title game.
The 49ers move forward Philadelphia Eagles For a place next weekend Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.
Previously, the third race Cincinnati Bengals He took the second seed Buffalo Bills double digits to advance to the AFC title game against the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. ET).
Here are the highlights!
San Francisco 49ers 19, Dallas Cowboys 12
Kettle on the loose!
George Kittle helped the 49ers lead in Cowboys territory on their second possession with a 30-yard touchdown run to drive San Francisco.
Duck wants to answer this
Dak Prescott made his first big mistake of the game on a little bit midway through the first quarter.
On third-and-9, he didn’t seem to be on the right page with Michael Gallup, as the pass went straight to Deommodore Lenior, giving the 49ers the ball at the Cowboys’ 21-yard line.
Purdy took a sack on the 49ers’ first play after the interception, but did so two plays later.
The rookie found Brandon Ayuck perfectly for a first down on third-and-15. However, San Francisco had to settle for three, but could not recreate the same magic on the next three plays, giving the 49ers a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Going down the first hard way
The Cowboys needed just a yard to get a first down on a third-down play at the 49ers’ 29-yard line. But Prescott had some pre-snap activity and had trouble snapping. Fortunately, Ezekiel Elliott pushed his way through the deficit to pick up the first down.
Duck-to-Dalton for Dallas TD
After CeeDee Lamb picked off a first down on a fourth-and-1 run, Prescott found the Cowboys’ 49ers 4-yard line on an 11-yard run. On the next play, Dalton found Schultz on a play-action pass for a touchdown.
Brett Maher went just 1-for-6 on extra point attempts after Monday’s game after his extra point attempt was blocked. Even if the kick was blocked, FOX Sports color analyst Greg Olson believes the kick would have gone left if it hadn’t been blocked.
No archive in the fourth stage, and the decision paid off.
Even though they were on the 49ers’ 35-yard line, the Cowboys opted to go on fourth-and-4 and Maher struggled to do more. Point.
Mike McCarthy’s decision was effective. Prescott scrambled for a nine-yard gain as the pocket collapsed, picking up a first down to get the Cowboys’ drive going before the half.
Pollard in pain
Tony Pollard had to be helped off the field and entered the blue tent after spraining his left ankle at short catch.
After the initial evaluation, Pollard was eventually taken to the locker room.
Per Fox Sports’ Tom Rinaldi, Pollard was ruled out when the game returned from halftime with a high ankle sprain.
The 49ers attack the Ducks for the pick
The Cowboys gave the ball away after entering the red zone. Prescott’s pass to Lamb was intercepted by Jimmy Ward and linebacker Fred Warner to stop Dallas’ drive before halftime.
The 49ers cut the lead to half
San Francisco was able to change the interception. Purdy helped the 49ers get 40 yards into field goal range before the half, but not without problems. He nearly committed a rookie foul when he danced in the pocket with seven seconds left before throwing the ball.
Fortunately, the ball landed with seconds left. That allowed Robbie Gould to make a 50-yard field goal, his third of the day, and the 49ers took a 9-6 lead into halftime.
Micah Parsons threw 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey late in the first half. The game drew comparisons to Hall of Famer Reggie White.
Joseph released his work
After the opening drive of the second half was stymied at midfield, it looked like the 49ers would have a chance to add to the lead. But Kelvin Joseph fumbled a free kick on Ray-Ray McCloud’s punt return, giving Dallas the ball at the 21-yard line.
Mahar scored a field goal to tie the game
Cowboys fans breathed a sigh of relief. As Prescott was about to throw a punt, Maher made a 25-yard field goal. Crisis averted.
Now look at Ray-Ray
McCloud fumbled on a punt return and then recovered. He took the ensuing kickoff 53 yards to get into Cowboys territory.
San Francisco couldn’t make a big buck, though, as Dallas got the ball back for a three-and-out.
Enter CeeDee and earn big profits
After Lamb’s toes were flagged up, the Cowboys made their biggest play yet when they got the ball back. Lamb caught a 46-yard interception to lead Dallas to San Francisco State.
How did Kittle come up with this?
Purdy’s pass over the middle looked too far for Kettle to catch. But the star tight end fumbled the ball to himself at least three times, including once in his facemask, to help him gain a 30-yard gain while down.
Christian, come in
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Christian McCaffrey intercepted and rushed for an easy score to give the 49ers a 16-9 lead.
And after making the drive play, Kittle helped celebrate.
Kavonte Turpin took the ensuing kickoff 44 yards to help start the Cowboys’ drive up the middle.
Maher on the money
The struggling Cowboys kicker is starting to get back on track. After scoring on a chip shot to end the game early, Maher made a 43-yarder to cut the 49ers’ lead to 16-12 with 11 minutes remaining.
Dallas held San Francisco to a field goal.
The 49ers were able to kill some time after the Cowboys cut on him. They went on a 13-play drive that lasted nearly eight minutes (7:59), converting plays on two third downs before rushing for a 28-yard field goal.
Down 19-12, the drive got the ball back with 3:04 left.
The roof fell
After two straight incompletions, Prescott was sacked by Samson Ebukam as he tried to get into the pocket. Dallas opted to punt the ball for over two minutes in hopes of forcing San Francisco to punt.
Mitchell on the move
Elijah Mitchell opened for a 13-yard run, which appeared to close the game for the 49ers. However, he stepped out of bounds to give the Cowboys a little more life.
what was it
Needing a miracle from its own 24-yard line with 6 seconds left, Dallas created a rarity to try to work some magic. With Elliott lined up at center, the rest of the offensive line moved to the outside. Prescott threw a quick pass over the middle to Turpin, but the Niners immediately tackled him to make it a 19-12 game.
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