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Monday, January 17, 2022 1:00 am

49ers hang on to oust Cowboys

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas — Deebo Samuel and the San Francisco 49ers have started another playoff run after hanging on in a frantic wild-card finish against Dallas.

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys will have to keep waiting for that elusive deep trip in the postseason.

San Francisco's versatile receiver ran 26 yards for a touchdown the play after an interception by Prescott, and the 49ers held on for a 23-17 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday.

The Cowboys had a final chance with 32 seconds remaining and were at the San Francisco 41 with 14 seconds to go when Prescott took off up the middle intending to slide and then spike the ball for a final play.

But Dallas didn't get the snap off from the 24 until after the clock hit 0:00. After a brief delay, referee Alex Kemp announced the game was over.

Dallas coach Mike McCarthy suggested the Cowboys were slowed by a collision between Prescott and umpire Ramon George, and that a sideline official assured him the play was being reviewed.

“They were going to put time back on the clock. And the next thing I know, they're running off the field,” McCarthy said

The 49ers overcame an interception by Jimmy Garoppolo when they led by 13 in the fourth quarter. Prescott ran for a touchdown to get within a score, and had a chance to drive Dallas to a go-ahead score. But the 49ers got a stop at midfield when Prescott's desperation fourth-down pass was just out of the receiver Cedrick Wilson's reach.

The 49ers (11-7) clinched their first playoff victory a Dallas in the storied postseason rivalry.

Next they head to Green Bay for a divisional game.


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