The San Francisco 49ers outlasted the Dallas Cowboys in their NFC Wildcard game by a score of 23-17. The 49ers led from the start, but things became extremely close by the end of the match, which had a tense ending that sent everyone into a frenzy.
Tom Brady was enthralled by the quality of the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers, and he termed the game’s climax as an “amazing ending”.
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“It was a desperate situation as there are not many great play calls to think at that time during that moment. I mean they were 1 second away from having a chance to throw to the endzone from 23 yards which every player and fan of Cowboys would have loved to have,” he further explained.
After the NFL’s most penalized team in the regular season committed its 14th penalty, allowing San Francisco to run out most of the clock – and the frantic final seconds as Dallas tried to win – the 49ers (11-7) won their first playoff game against the Cowboys in a historic rivalry after season.
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San Francisco snatches control
The 49ers were in command in the fourth quarter, but they didn’t think they could win without relying on the rushing game, as Jimmy Garoppolo threw an interception to Anthony Brown, who scored on Dak Prescott’s 7-yard run.
Garoppolo’s blunder came not long after Prescott was intercepted at the Dallas 26 by K’Waun Williams, and Samuel ran uncontested on a cut-up midway through the final zone in the next game to give the 49ers a 23-7 lead.
San Francisco’s standout pass rusher Nick Bosa suffered a concussion shortly before halftime after being squashed in the head and neck area by teammate DJ Jones. The 49ers, on the other hand, kept the pressure on Prescott and finished with five sacks while keeping the NFL’s top offense to 307 yards.
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Concussions almost eliminated both teams’ finest pass-rushers. Micah Parsons, a prominent Dallas rookie, left the game in the first quarter before Bosa was injured. He was evaluated and returned.
San Francisco scored on its first four possessions but settled for three field goals from Robbie Gould to keep the Cowboys at bay. Garoppolo later gave Dallas life with a rollover, which Brown collected and returned to San Francisco 28. Prescott won five games later.
The Cowboys used all three timeouts after Prescott’s desperate ball to Wilson fell incomplete.
The 49ers grabbed the first down on a second-team penalty by a Dallas defensive tackle on a running play, then Samuel got all but a few inches for a first on a third-and-11 run with only one minute remaining.
In their divisional-round encounter, the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Green Bay Packers, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Los Angeles Rams.
Due to the sheer talent and ambitions of all the teams participating, both of these games are expected to be closely contested and fiercely competitive.