The Dallas Cowboys lost to the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in Sunday’s Wild Card round of NFC playoffs.
Dallas loses to San Francisco at home in the playoffs.
It came down to one last play. Dak Prescott ran for the ball up the middle in an attempt to position the ball better on the field. He was unable, due in part to the slow referee, to get the ball off the field in time.
What a way to end the game! #SuperWildCard pic.twitter.com/esKKpbkrQn
— NFL (@NFL) January 17, 2022
Mike McCarthy, Cowboys’ head coach, explained his reasoning after the game.
Mike McCarthy said the QB draw on final play with 14 seconds remaining is practiced each week and he was surprised they didn’t get another snap. He was told NY review was likely to put more time on the clock.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) January 17, 2022
Despite the fact that the play is practiced every week, it was still questionable to call it with only 14 seconds left.
Coach commentators blaming Dak. Teams do practice that situation and everyone knows that you should assume you need at least 16 seconds to call that play and ideally 18. Cowboys called that play with 14 seconds to go. That mistake is on the play call not the players
— Joe Banner (@JoeBanner13) January 17, 2022
The Cowboys will be going back to the drawing board in 2022. It’ll be interesting to see what Dallas does in the offseason, as a coaching move or two might be in order.
Meanwhile, the 49ers are heading to the Divisional Round to take on the Packers.