Earlier, the third-seed Cincinnati Bengals took 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, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. ET).
Here are the top plays!
Kittle on the loose!
George Kittle helped the 49ers get into Cowboys territory on their second possession, hauling in a 30-yard grab to get San Francisco going.
Dak wants this one back
Dak Prescott made the game’s first big mistake a little more than halfway through the first quarter.
Purdy took a sack on the 49ers’ first play following the interception, but he made up for it two plays later.
The rookie found Brandon Aiyuk right at the sticks to get the first down on third-and-15. San Francisco had to settle for three, however, as it wasn’t able 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 down the hard way
The Cowboys only needed a yard to get the first down on a third-down play at the 49ers’ 29-yard line. But Prescott had trouble with the snap as they had some pre-snap motion. Luckily for them, Ezekiel Elliott powered his way through the deficit to get the first down.
Dak-to-Dalton for a Dallas TD
After CeeDee Lamb picked up the 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-action 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’ve gone wide left if it weren’t blocked.
No Maher on fourth down, and the decision paid off.
Despite being at the 49ers’ 35-yard line, the Cowboys opted to go for it on fourth-and-4 with Maher struggling to make an extra point.
Mike McCarthy’s decision worked. Prescott scrambled for a nine-yard gain as the pocket collapsed, picking up the 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 his left knee was put in an awkward position when he made a short grab.
Pollard was eventually carted to the locker room after the initial evaluation.
Pollard was ruled out when the game came back from halftime with a high ankle sprain, per FOX Sports’ Tom Rinaldi.
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’ momentum before halftime.
49ers take the lead going into half
San Francisco was able to convert on the interception. Purdy helped the 49ers pick up 40 yards to get into field goal range before the half, but not without some trouble. He nearly made a rookie mistake when he danced around in the pocket on a play with seven seconds left before throwing the ball away.
Luckily for Purdy, the ball landed incomplete with a second left. That allowed Robbie Gould to make the 50-yard field goal, his third make of the day, giving the 49ers a 9-6 lead going into the break.
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