Arlington, Texas – as they often do – in line with their historic rivalry – the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys battled to the bitter end of Sunday’s nostalgic NFC wild card meeting.
In the end, the defensive effort of the strong knights combined with countless Dallas mistakes allowed the San Francisco team to emerge with at least five Super Bowl victories in the first match between the two teams since 1995 at 23-17 in the first season meeting. A piece.
In action, the 49ers became the first Underdog (+3.5) and road team to win this postseason. It was 40 years and a week after “The Catch”‘s victory at the 1981 NFC Championship game, and featured 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, whose father, Mike, was the Niners’ attack coordinator for some popular meetings. Between these teams in the 1990s.
The Knights’ win will move them 3-5 at all times against Dallas in the playoffs and set the NFC division match against another historic rival, the Green Bay Packers, next week.
None of this would have been possible without the great help of the Cowboys. Dallas, ranked 3rd in the NFC, repeated major mistakes throughout the game. Doug Prescott The interception turned into a 49ers touchdown.
The Cowboys racked up 14 penalties – the most in a playoff game in franchise history – for 84 yards. Many came at key moments, including Third Towns, to keep the San Francisco drives alive.
The Knights made some of their own mistakes in the fourth quarter, which was interrupted by a quarterback. Jimmy Caropolo Set up Dallas Touch Town.
Since only a San Francisco-Dallas playoff game could be offered, all of this led to significant play in the final moments. Dallas trimmed it to 23-17 as the Ninevers’ 23-7 lead evaporated, moving the Nineers from fourth and 1st to fourth and sixth after a game penalty delay.
The Cowboys quickly came to a tight end with a 38-yard pass in the San Francisco area. Dalton Schultz. But the 49ers Defense, as with all games, was delivered when needed without the linebacker Fred Warner (Ankle) and defensive end Nick Posa (Concussion), both departed during the game and never returned. The 49ers defensive team, with both Posa and Warner playing just 23 snaps in the regular season off the field.
Caropolo finished 16-25 for 172 yards without a break for touchdowns and a passer rating of 67.4. Prescott 254 yards 23-42, touchdown and 65.7 interception for passer rating.
The Niners and Cowboys entered Sunday’s meeting with 67 playoff wins. Dallas had won its last three wild card games on home soil before Sunday’s defeat. The 49ers have advanced 4-1 in road playoff games since 2012, before being 2-9 in owner history.
Traditionally, the winner of the 49ers-Cowboys playoff game is the post-season winner. The winner of five of the previous seven post-season encounters has won the Super Bowl in each of the last four meetings.
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