The NFL divisional round ended Sunday with the San Francisco 49ers beating the Dallas Cowboys 19-12 to reach the NFC title game.
The 49ers will face the Philadelphia Eagles for a spot in Super Bowl LVII in Arizona next weekend.
Earlier, the third-ranked Cincinnati Bengals defeated the second-ranked Buffalo Bills by double digits to advance to the AFC title game where they take on the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. ET). ).
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San Francisco 49ers 19, Dallas Cowboys 12
George Kittle helped the 49ers get into Cowboys territory on their second possession by hauling in a 30-yard grab to get San Francisco going.
Dak wants this one back
Dak Prescott made the first big mistake of the game just over halfway through the first quarter.
In third and ninth, he didn’t appear to be on the right side with Michael Gallup as his pass went straight to Deommodore Lenior and gave the ball to the 49ers at the Cowboys 21-yard line.
Third and Purdy
Purdy took a sack from an interception in the 49ers’ first game, but he made up for it two games later.
The rookie found Brandon Aiyuk right on the sticks to take first place in third and 15th. San Francisco had to settle for three, however, as they couldn’t muster the same magic in the following three games, with the 49ers taking a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Getting the first one the hard way
The Cowboys needed just one yard to get the first down in a third-down play at the 49ers’ 29-yard line. But Prescott struggled with the snap as they had pre-snap movement. Luckily for them, Ezekiel Elliott fought his way through the deficit to take first place.
Dak-to-Dalton for a Dallas TD
After CeeDee Lamb clinched the first down in a fourth-and-1 run, Prescott took the Cowboys to the 49ers’ 4-yard line in an 11-yard run. On the next game, he found Dalton Schultz on a play-action pass for a touchdown.
Brett Maher’s extra point attempt was blocked, leaving him 1-6 in his extra point attempts since Monday’s game. Although the kick was blocked, FOX Sports color analyst Greg Olsen believes the kick would have gone far to the left had it not been blocked.
No Maher in fourth place, and the decision paid off.
Despite being at the 49ers’ 35-yard line, the Cowboys opted to give fourth and fourth place a go, with Maher struggling to get an extra Point.
Mike McCarthy’s decision worked. Prescott was trying for a nine-yard gain when the pocket collapsed, picking up the first down and keeping the Cowboys’ drive going before halftime.
Pollard is in pain
Tony Pollard had to be helped off the field and went into the blue tent after a short grab put his left ankle in an awkward position.
Pollard was eventually carted into the dressing room after the first assessment.
Pollard was ruled out when the game came back from half-time with a high ankle sprain, according to FOX Sports’ Tom Rinaldi.
49ers attack Dak for pick
The Cowboys gave up the ball after getting into the red zone. Prescott’s pass to Lamb was deflected off Jimmie Ward and into the arms of linebacker Fred Warner for an intercept, halting Dallas’ momentum before halftime.
49ers take the lead
San Francisco was able to convert on interception. Purdy helped the 49ers muster 40 yards to get within field goal reach before halftime, but not without problems. He almost made a rookie mistake dancing around in the pocket with seven seconds left before throwing the ball away.
Luckily for Purdy, the ball landed incomplete with a second left. This allowed Robbie Gould to score the 50-yard field goal, his third goal of the day, and put the 49ers 9-6 at the break.
Micah Parsons knocked down 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey on a pass rush late in the first half. The play drew comparisons to Hall of Famer Reggie White.
Joseph tears it free
After the Cowboys’ opener faltered in midfield in the second half, it looked like the 49ers might have a chance to extend their lead. But Kelvin Joseph cleared the ball on Ray-Ray McCloud’s return and gave the ball to Dallas at the 21-yard line.
Maher makes the field goal to tie the game
Cowboys fans could breathe a sigh of relief. One play after Prescott almost threw a tipped pick, Maher scored the 25-yard field goal. crisis averted.
Now watch me Ray-Ray
McCloud rebounded after his fumble at the punt return. He took the ensuing kickoff 53 yards to get into Cowboys territory.
However, San Francisco was unable to capitalize as it went three and out and Dallas returned the ball.
Bet the CeeDee and get a big win
Immediately after it was reported that Lamb’s fingers were being taped, he made the biggest play of the game up to that point when the Cowboys got the ball back. Lamb pulled in a 46-yard grab while being prevented from taking Dallas into the San Francisco area.
How did Kittle come up with this?
Purdy’s pass over the middle looked like Kittle grabbed it too far. But the star tight end bounced the ball to himself at least three times, including once to his face mask, pulling in his grip as it fell for a 30-yard gain.
Come in Christian
Christian McCaffrey broke the tie in the first game of the fourth quarter and rushed on an easy goal to put the 49ers 16-9 ahead.
And after Kittle made the game of driving, he helped celebrate.
KaVontae Turpin took the ensuing push 44 yards to help the Cowboys start their drive around midfield.
Maher on the money
The struggling Cowboys kicker began to get back on track. After earlier hitting a chip-shot field goal to level the game, Maher hit a 43-yarder to cut the 49ers’ lead to 16-12 with 11 minutes left.
Dallas holds San Francisco to a field goal
The 49ers managed to kill some time after the Cowboys broke into their lead. They went on a 13-play drive that lasted almost exactly eight minutes (7:59) by converting two third-down plays before having to settle for a 28-yard field goal.
The drive returned the ball to the Cowboys with 3:04 minutes remaining and a 19:12 deficit.
After two straight incompletions, Prescott was fired while trying to move up in the pocket of Samson Ebukam. Dallas opted to punt the ball with just over two minutes left in hopes he could force San Francisco to punt.
Mitchell on the way
Elijah Mitchell set out for a 13-yard run and seemed to seal the game for the 49ers. However, he stepped outside the bounds to breathe a little more life into the Cowboys.
What was that?
It took Dallas six seconds from their own 24-yard line, running an odd formation to try and muster some magic. Elliott lined up in the center while the rest of the offensive line went wide to the right. Prescott threw a quick pass down the middle to Turpin, but the Niners immediately attacked him to end the game 19-12.
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