The NFL divisional round ended on Sunday with the San Francisco 49ers rolling over the Dallas Cowboys, winning 19-12 to advance to the NFC title game.
The 49ers will move on to face the Philadelphia Eagles next week for an indoor spot Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.
Earlier, the third seed Cincinnati Bengals he brought down the second seed Buffalo Bills by double digits to advance to the AFC title game, where they will face the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. ET).
Here are the top plays!
San Francisco 49ers 19, Dallas Cowboys 12
Kittle on the loose!
George Kittle helped the 49ers get into Cowboys territory on their second possession, hauling in a 30-yard catch to get to San Francisco.
Dak wants this one back
Dak Prescott made the first big mistake of the game just over halfway through the first quarter.
On third and 9, it looked like he wasn’t on the right page with Michael Gallup, as his pass went straight to Deommodore Lenior, giving the 49ers the ball at the Cowboys 21 yard line.
Purdy forced a sack on the 49ers’ first play after the interception, but made up for it two plays later.
Rookie Brandon found Aiyuk right at the sticks to get the first down on third and 15. San Francisco had to settle for three, however, as they were unable to create the same magic a- again on the next three plays, giving the 49ers a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Getting the first down the hard way
The Cowboys only needed a yard for a first down on third down at the 49ers 29-yard line. But Prescott had trouble with the snap because they had a preemptive move. Fortunately for them, Ezekiel Elliott fought his way through the deficit to drop the first down.
Dak-to-Dalton for Dallas TD
After CeeDee Lamb picked up the first in a fourth and 1 run, Prescott got to the 49ers 4-yard line for the Cowboys on an 11-yard run. On the next play, he found Dalton Schultz on a play-action pass for a touchdown.
Brett Maher’s extra point attempt was blocked, making him just 1-for-6 on his extra point attempts from Monday’s game. Even though the kick was blocked, FOX Sports color analyst Greg Olsen believes the kick would have gone wide left had it not been blocked.
Or Maher on fourth down, and the decision paid off.
Despite being at the 49ers 35-yard line, the Cowboys chose to go for it on fourth-and-4 with Maher scrambling for extra money. point.
Mike McCarthy’s decision worked. Prescott went up for a nine-yard gain when the pocket collapsed, picking up a first down and keeping the Cowboys’ drive going before the half.
Pollard in pain
Tony Pollard had to be helped off the field and went into the blue tent after putting his left ankle in an awkward position during a short tackle.
Pollard was eventually taken to the locker room after the initial evaluation.
Pollard was ruled out of the game after halftime with a high ankle sprain, according to Tom Rinaldi of FOX Sports.
49ers attack Dak for the pick
The Cowboys gave the ball up after getting into the red zone. Prescott’s pass to Lamb was deflected by Jimmie Ward and into the arms of linebacker Fred Warner for the interception, halting Dallas’ halftime drive.
49ers take the lead going into the half
San Francisco was able to turn on the intersection. Purdy helped the 49ers pick up 40 yards to get into the field before the half, but not without some trouble. He almost made a rookie mistake when he danced around in the pocket on a play with seven seconds left before throwing the ball away.
Fortunately for Purdy, the ball landed incomplete with a second to left. That allowed Robbie Gould to make the 50-yard field goal, his third of the day, giving the 49ers a 9-6 lead at the break.
Micah Parsons threw 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 solved it
After the Cowboys’ opening stop of the second half around midfield, it looked like the 49ers would have a chance to add to their lead. But Kelvin Joseph hit the ball free on a Ray-Ray McCloud return, giving Dallas the ball at the 21-yard line.
Maher makes a field goal to tie the game
Cowboys fans were able to exhale. A play after Prescott almost threw a good pick, Maher made the 25-yard field goal. Crisis is averted.
Now watch me Ray-Ray
McCloud bounced back after his flurry when the punt returned. He took the ensuing kickoff 53 yards to get into Cowboys territory.
San Francisco was unable to take advantage, however, as it went three and out, giving the ball back to Dallas.
Enter the CeeDee and reap the benefits
Right after it was reported that Lamb’s fingers were taped, he made the biggest play of the game to that point when the Cowboys got the ball back. Lamb hauled in a 46-yard catch while being blocked to get Dallas into San Francisco territory.
How did Kittle come up with this?
Purdy’s pass over the middle looked like it was going to be too long for Kittle to catch. But the star tight end threw the ball to himself at least three times, including once on his facemask, to help catch it for a 30-yard gain as he fell down .
Come in, Christian
Christian McCaffrey broke the tie on the first play of the fourth quarter, rushing in for an easy score to give the 49ers a 16-9 lead.
And after making the drive play, Kittle helped celebrate.
Turpin turbo game
KaVontae Turpin took the ensuing kickoff 44 yards to help the Cowboys start their drive around midfield.
Maher on the money
The struggling Cowboys kicker started to get back on track. After a chip field goal to tie the game earlier, Maher made 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 were able to kill some clock after the Cowboys cut into their lead. They went on a 13-play drive that lasted almost eight straight minutes (7:59) by converting two plays on third down before forcing a 28-yard field goal.
The drive gave the Cowboys the ball back with 3:04 left, down 19-12.
Dak is going down
After two straight incompletions, Prescott was sacked when he tried to step up in the pocket by Samson Ebukam. Dallas opted to punt the ball with just over two minutes left, hoping to force San Francisco to punt.
Elijah Mitchell broke open for a 13-yard run, seemingly to seal the game for the 49ers. However, he went out of bounds to give the Cowboys a little more life.
What was that?
Needing a miracle with six seconds left from its own 24-yard line, Dallas ran a strange formation to try to muster some magic. Elliott lined up in the middle while the rest of the offensive line went out wide to the right. Prescott threw a quick pass over the middle to Turpin, but the Niners immediately attacked him to end the game, 19-12.
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