To safe the win, the 49ers needed to stand up to a final-second comeback that noticed the Cowboys attain the San Francisco 41 with 14 seconds to play and at the very least seemingly in place to throw a remaining cross to the tip zone to conjure up recollections of Roger Staubach’s Hail Mary to Drew Pearson within the 1975 playoffs.
It by no means occurred.
With 14 seconds left and no timeouts, Prescott ran 17 yards on a quarterback draw, however the ball was not noticed fast sufficient for Dallas to spike it earlier than time expired.
Prescott thought he ought to have had an opportunity for a remaining throw to the tip zone. Mike McCarthy thought there can be a evaluation from New York. Each defended the ultimate play name regardless of the danger of getting the sport finish the way in which it did.
In keeping with referee Alex Kemp, there have been no errors on their half.
“The umpire noticed the ball appropriately,” Kemp stated in a pool report.
Umpire Ramon George was trailing the play when Prescott took off and collided with the quarterback earlier than inserting the ball down. Prescott stated he noticed 4 seconds on the clock when he obtained behind middle Tyler Biadasz. He stated he noticed two seconds on the clock after colliding with George.
“He collided with the gamers as he was setting the ball as a result of he was shifting it to the correct spot,” Kemp stated.
That point proved to be the tip of the Cowboys’ possibilities for an unbelievable comeback.
“The execution between us and the official recognizing the ball clearly wasn’t in tune,” coach Mike McCarthy stated. “We should not have had any drawback getting the ball noticed there.”
McCarthy defended offensive coordinator Kellen Moore’s choice to name the run, even with no timeouts. He stated he was “shocked” the Cowboys did not get a last-play alternative. The Cowboys name these conditions “church clock” conditions and it’s one thing they apply every week.
“Do you need to be operating a Hail Mary play from the 50-yard line or do you need to run 5 verticals type the 25-yard line?” McCarthy stated. “So, that is the choice, it is the appropriate choice.”
Prescott stated looking back he ought to have gone down sooner, which might have given the Cowboys — and the umpire — time to get set. He stated a San Francisco defender jumped on him to sluggish him down briefly, however he didn’t assume that was unfair.
“Whenever you’ve practiced it as a lot as we have performed over and over, you are not essentially frightened about it,” Prescott stated. “You belief your coaching that you just put into it … I imply the remainder of it, you do not put together for issues like [colliding with the umpire], however I assume we’ll begin having to, realizing the way in which this performed out.”
San Francisco coach Mike Shanahan had a distinct perspective than that of Dallas.
“I believed it was over as a result of I noticed it reside. I used to be very assured it was performed,” Shanahan stated. “I used to be simply nervous that generally while you’re actual assured you assume you see it proper, generally it adjustments. So, you are by no means totally certain till they let you understand.”
McCarthy stated an official on the sideline informed him there can be a evaluation however Kemp shortly stated the sport was over.
“I believed they had been going to place time again on the clock,” McCarthy stated.
Kemp stated officers in New York couldn’t help in that scenario.
“That is the tip of the sport as soon as we confirmed it with the officers on the sphere,” Kemp stated.
As Kemp and the remainder of the crew left the sphere, particles rained down from upset Cowboys followers. At first Prescott was below the impression the followers had been throwing issues at teammates, calling it “unhappy,” however when he was informed it was on the officers, he stated, “Credit score to them then.”
The Cowboys had been upset with the officiating all through the sport. They had been penalized a postseason franchise record-tying 14 instances for 89 yards. Dallas entered Sunday as probably the most penalized staff within the NFL.
“Once we had been youthful, we simply stated it was bias you understand, folks simply hate the Cowboys,” rookie linebacker Micah Parsons stated. “I simply assume we had been enjoying exhausting, you understand. I feel while you are inclined to play exhausting, and also you need to make a play you have a tendency to leap offsides otherwise you are inclined to put a palms to the face or you understand you may maintain accidentally or even when it wasn’t a maintain you by no means know the way they may understand it.
“I simply felt like a few them had been very questionable and really bias in the direction of us. However then once more, it is our fault we should not be put in that place. I will take full accountability and I hope everybody else does too.”
However proprietor and normal supervisor Jerry Jones stated the sport was misplaced nicely earlier than the ultimate play.
“The staff should not have been in place for that final play to be one thing controversial,” Jones stated. “So I am not going to make it one thing larger than it’s.”