Cowboys vs. 49ers highlights: San Francisco surpasses Dallas in divisional round

The NFL Divisional Round ended Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys, winning 19-12 to advance to the NFC title game.

The 49ers will move forward to confront Philadelphia Eagles next weekend for a spot Super Bowl IVII in Arizona.

Rather, the third seed Bengal from Cincinnati took down the second seed Buffalo Bills by double digits to advance to the AFC title game, where they face the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. ET).

Here are the best plays!

San Francisco 49ers 19, Dallas Cowboys 12

Kit off!

George Kittle helped the 49ers get into Cowboys territory on their second possession, reeling in a 30-yard grab to get San Francisco going.

Dak wants these back

Dak Prescott made the game’s first major foul just over halfway through the first quarter.

On third and ninth, he didn’t seem to be 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 was sacked on the 49ers’ first play after the interception, but made amends twice later.

The rookie found Brandon Aiyuk right by the sticks to take down the first in third and fifteenth. San Francisco had to settle for three, however, as it was unable to create the same magic again on the ensuing three plays, giving the 49ers a 3–0 lead late in the first quarter.

Getting the first the hard way

The Cowboys needed just a yard to come down first on a third-down play at the 49ers’ 29-yard line. But Prescott had problems with the snap because they had a pre-snap move. Lucky for them, Ezekiel Elliott made his way through the backlog to take down the first.

Roof-to-Dalton for a TD in Dallas

After CeeDee Lamb brought down the first on a fourth-and-1 run, Prescott got the Cowboys to the 49ers’ 4-yard line 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 points attempt was blocked, leaving him only 1-for-6 on his extra points since Monday’s game. Although the kick was blocked, FOX Sports color analyst Greg Olsen believes the kick would have gone wide left had it not been blocked.

No Maher in fourth, and the decision paid off.

Despite being on the 49ers’ 35 yard line, the Cowboys opted to go for it on fourth and fourth, with Maher struggling to make an extra point.

Mike McCarthy’s decision worked. Prescott scrambled to a nine-yard gain as the pocket collapsed, picking up the first down and keeping the Cowboys’ drive going for the half.

Pollard pain

Tony Pollard had to be helped off the field and went into the blue tent after his left ankle went into an awkward position on a short hold.

Pollard was eventually taken to the locker room after the initial evaluation.

Pollard was ruled out when the game came back from halftime with a high ankle sprain, according to FOX Sports’ Tom Rinaldi.

49ers attack Dak for the pick

The Cowboys gave up the ball after entering 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’ momentum before halftime.

49ers take the lead going into the half

San Francisco was able to convert on the interception. Purdy helped the 49ers pick up 40 yards to get halfway into field goal range, but not without some effort. He almost made a rookie mistake when he danced into the pocket with seven seconds left on the clock on a play before throwing the ball away.

Luckily for Purdy, the ball landed incomplete with a second over. That enabled Robbie Gould to make the 50-yard field goal, his third goal of the day, giving the 49ers a 9–6 lead going into the break.

Parson’s power

Micah Parsons threw down the 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 throws it loose

After the Cowboys’ opening drive stalled around midfield in the second half, it looked like the 49ers would have a chance to extend their lead. But Kelvin Joseph hit the ball clear on Ray-Ray McCloud’s return, giving Dallas the ball at the 21-yard line.

Maher scores the field goal to tie the game

Cowboy fans could indulge themselves. A play after Prescott nearly threw a tipped pick, Maher made the 25-yard field goal. Crisis averted.

Look at me now, Ray-Ray

McCloud bounced back after his fumble on the punt return. He took the ensuing kickoff 53 yards to get into Cowboy territory.

San Francisco was unable to capitalize, however, as it went three-and-out, giving Dallas the ball back.

Put the CeeDee in and get a big win

Immediately after it was reported that Lamb’s fingers were taped, he made the biggest play of the game up to that point as the Cowboys got the ball back. Lamb reeled in a 46-yard grapple while being hindered from getting Dallas into San Francisco territory.

How did Kitty come up with this?

Purdy’s pass down the middle seemed to go too far for Kittle to grab. But the star’s tight end wobbled the ball to itself at least three times, including once to his facemask, to help reel in the grapple 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 he played the drive, Kittle helped celebrate.


KaVontae Turpin took the ensuing kickoff 44 yards to help the Cowboys begin their drive around center field.

Maher about the money

The struggling Cowboys kicker started to get back on track. After making a chipshot field goal to tie the game early, Maher made a 43-yarder to cut the 49ers’ lead to 16–12 with 11 minutes remaining.

Dallas holds San Francisco to a field goal

The 49ers were able to kill a clock after the Cowboys cut their lead. They went on a 13-play drive that lasted nearly eight minutes exactly (7:59) by converting two third-down plays before settling for a 28-yard field goal.

The drive gave the Cowboys the ball back with 3:04 left, trailing 19-12.

Roof fell

After two consecutive unfinishes, Prescott was dismissed when he attempted to pocket by Samson Ebukam. Dallas opted to kick the ball with just over two minutes left in the hope that it can force San Francisco to punt.

Mitchell on the move

Elijah Mitchell broke open for a 13-yard run and appeared to seal the game for the 49ers. However, he stepped outside the box to give the Cowboys a little more life.

What was that?

Needing a miracle with six seconds left from his own 24-yard line, Dallas ran a strange formation to try and muster some magic. Elliott lined up in the middle as the rest of the offensive line went wide to the right. Prescott threw a quick pass down the middle to Turpin, but the Niners tackled him immediately to end the game, 19-12.

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