Cowboys lose in heartbreaking fashion, 23-17

Dallas Cowboys season is over.

ARLINGTON, Texas – Billed as the premier game for the NFL Wild Card Weekend, the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers ended heartbreakingly, for the Cowboys.

Dallas fell to the 49ers, 23-17, in a game that made it to the final drive where the Cowboys ran out of time to score.

The Cowboys fell behind early in the first quarter and were close to taking the lead until an interception in the third quarter by quarterback Dak Prescott which resulted in a 26-yard touchdown from Deebo Samuel and a 23- 7 for San Francisco.

With eight minutes left in the game, Prescott brought the score closer to 23-17 with a 5-yard touchdown. But that would be the end.

The Cowboys had another chance to win the game, but with no timeouts left, the time was against Dallas. Starting at their 20-yard line, the Cowboys offense led 56 yards with 32 seconds left in the game.

But, in the last play and with 14 seconds left, Prescott decided to run for 17 yards to get a first down. However, there was not enough time for the Cowboys to get ready and hit the ball, ending the game.

“Extraordinarily disappointed, very disappointed,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “This is a disappointment”.

Dallas was penalized 14 times, including a late game ghost after converting a false punt pass to a first down.

That was the story of the game for Dallas.

Note: the story below is from the interval.

Looking ahead, the Las Vegas oddsmakers had Dallas and San Francisco as the highest-scoring game of the week with an over / under of 51.5 points.

Maybe the second half will bring more goals, but it will be difficult to overcome the theatricality of the first half including a spelling mistake by the Cowboys coaching staff

No, Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch did not legally change his surname to Vander Ecsh.

Vander Esch linebacker’s teammate Micah Parsons left the game briefly in the first half after a head collision.

The rookie phenom went to the blue medical tent for evaluation and returned to play on the next possession.

Even the best defender of the 49ers suffered a head injury in the first half when defender Nick Bosa collided with a team-mate one minute to go in the second quarter.

Bosa was able to walk off the pitch for San Francisco training staff evaluation.

In attack, the 49ers scored points on all four of their possessions. However, three of them were field goals that kept the Cowboys at a short distance.

Speaking of strikes, Dallas entered the scoreboard in the second quarter when quarterback Dak Prescott left Amari Cooper a penny for a touchdown.

Perhaps the Cowboys’ best play of the first half was when running back Ezekiel Elliott received a blitz on the 3rd Down and sent two 49ers defenders into the air. The Cowboys converted for a 1st Down.

However, the drive stalled in the last minute of the first half when a third pass down to the Cedrick Wilson catcher was dropped because the sun glare was right in his eyes.

Since then the sun has set low enough that it is no longer in the players’ field of vision.

A bumper day for AT&T Stadium continued with the Cowboys’ first possession of the second half when punter Bryan Anger hit the scoreboard.

“This is very unusual, but the punt hit the scoreboard,” announced the head referee, as the Cowboys had to retort.

I guess that’s why Anger is the second All-Pro team this year.

Leave a Comment