The NFL Divisional Round ended Sunday with the San Francisco 49ers beating the Dallas Cowboys, winning 19-12 to advance to the NFC title game.
The 49ers will move on to face the Philadelphia Eagles next weekend for a place in Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.
Earlier, the third seed Cincinnati Bengals won the second seed Buffalo Tickets double digits to advance to the AFC title game, where they will face the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday, Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m. ET).
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San Francisco 49ers 19, Dallas Cowboys 12
Kitten on the loose!
George Kittle helped the 49ers into Cowboys territory on their second possession, firing a 30-yard catch to get San Francisco started.
Dak wants this one back
Dak Prescott made the first big mistake of the game just over halfway through the first quarter.
On the third-and-9, he appeared to be on the wrong page with Michael Gallup, as his pass went straight to Deommodore Lenior, giving the ball to the 49ers at the Cowboys 21-yard line.
Third and Purdy
Purdy took a sack on the 49ers’ first play after the interception, but caught it two plays later.
The rookie found Brandon Aiyuk just at bat to get the first down on third-and-15. San Francisco had to settle for three, however, as he was unable to create the same magic again during the next three games, giving the 49ers a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Get first the hard way
The Cowboys needed just one yard to get the first down on a third down play at the 49ers 29-yard line. But Prescott had trouble with the snap because they had pre-snap movement. Luckily for them, Ezekiel Elliott fought his way through the deficit to get the first down.
Dak to Dalton for a Dallas TD
After CeeDee Lamb won first down on a fourth-and-1 run, Prescott got the Cowboys the 49ers 4-yard line on an 11-yard run. On the next play, he found Dalton Schultz on a play pass for a touchdown.
Brett Maher’s extra-point attempt was blocked, making him just 1-for-6 on his extra-point attempts since 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.
No Maher on fourth down, and the decision paid off.
Despite being at the 49ers 35-yard line, the Cowboys opted to go fourth-and-fourth with Maher struggling to make an extra. point.
Mike McCarthy’s decision worked. Prescott rushed for a nine-yard gain as the pocket crumbled, collecting the first down and allowing the Cowboys to continue before halftime.
Pollard in pain
Tony Pollard had to be helped off the pitch and into the blue tent after his left ankle was placed in an awkward position when he made a short catch.
Pollard was finally transported to the locker room after the initial assessment.
Pollard was ruled out when the game returned from halftime with a sprained ankle, according to FOX Sports’ Tom Rinaldi.
49ers attack Dak for 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 lead in half
San Francisco was able to convert on the interception. Purdy helped the 49ers pick up 40 yards to get into the field before halftime, but not without some issues. He nearly made a rookie mistake when he danced in the pocket on a play with seven seconds left before kicking the ball.
Luckily for Purdy, the ball landed incomplete with a second left. It allowed Robbie Gould to score the field goal from 50 yards, his third mark of the day, giving the 49ers a 9-6 lead heading into the break.
Micah Parsons knocked down 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey on a pass rush late in the first half. The piece drew comparisons to Hall of Famer Reggie White.
Joseph the coward
After the Cowboys’ second-half opener stalled around midfield, it looked like the 49ers were going to have a chance to add to their lead. But Kelvin Joseph released the ball on Ray-Ray McCloud’s return, giving Dallas the ball at the 21-yard line.
Maher makes the field goal to tie the game
Cowboys fans were able to breathe. One play after Prescott nearly threw a tilted pick, Maher made the 25-yard field goal. Crisis averted.
Now look at me Ray-Ray
McCloud bounced back from his fumble on the punt return. He took the kickoff that followed 53 yards to get into Cowboys territory.
San Francisco was unable to capitalize, however, as there were three outs, giving the ball back to Dallas.
Put on the CeeDee and get a big win
Right after Lamb’s fingers were reported taped, he made the biggest play of the game until then when the Cowboys got the ball back. Lamb hauled a catch 46 yards while being interfered with to bring Dallas into San Francisco territory.
How did Kittle find this?
Purdy’s pass down the middle seemed to be too far for Kittle to grab. But the star tight end passed the ball to himself at least three times, including once on his face mask, to help pull the plug for a 30-yard gain as he fell.
Come in, Christian
Christian McCaffrey broke the tie on the first play of the fourth quarter, rushing for an easy score to give the 49ers a 16-9 lead.
And after doing the reader’s game, Kittle helped celebrate.
KaVontae Turpin took the kickoff that followed 44 yards to help the Cowboys start their drive towards midfield.
Maher on the money
The struggling Cowboys kicker began to get back on track. After hitting a shot on goal to tie the game earlier, Maher hauled in a 43-yard drive to cut the 49ers lead to 16-12 with 11 minutes left.
Dallas holds San Francisco in the basket
The 49ers managed to kill a clock after the Cowboys took their lead. They embarked on a 13-play drive that lasted nearly eight minutes exactly (7:59) converting on two third plays before having to settle for a 28-yard field goal.
Practice gave the ball back to the Cowboys with 3:04 left, down 19-12.
After two consecutive incompletes, Prescott was sacked when he tried to intervene in the pocket by Samson Ebukam. Dallas opted to kick the ball with just over two minutes left, hoping it would force San Francisco to kick the ball.
Mitchell on the move
Elijah Mitchell opened up for a 13-yard run, appearing 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 six seconds from their own 24-yard line, Dallas ran a weird formation to try and muster some magic. Elliott lined up in the center while the rest of the offensive line came out on the right. Prescott threw a quick pass down the middle to Turpin, but the Niners immediately tackled him to end the game, 19-12.
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