Cowboys' final play in playoff loss leaves fans, Jerry Jones flabbergasted: 'Extraordinarily disappointed'

The Cowboys worked their way into 49ers territory, and on their final offensive play, Prescott ran a quarterback draw for 17 yards down to San Francisco’s 24-yard line. 

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Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) attempts a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium.

Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) attempts a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

He slid and wanted to spike the ball, but the clock hit 0:00 before the Cowboys could get the snap off and the 49ers held onto the 23-17 win on Sunday evening.

The umpire attempted to reset the football for the Cowboys – who got the fresh set of downs – but after a brief delay, head referee Alex Kemp announced the game was over.

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Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk (44) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse (27) in the first quarter in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium.

Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk (44) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse (27) in the first quarter in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL fans tuning in to the game couldn’t believe what they saw. 

Many people reacted to the questionable ending of the game on social media. Some fans in attendance at AT&T Stadium even threw objects onto the field in disgust.

There were some more interesting reactions following the Cowboys’ home loss.

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys hands the ball off to Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys hands the ball off to Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Prescott completed 23 of 43 passes for 254 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the loss. The Cowboys – easily the most-penalized team in the regular season – had 14 penalties called against them.

The Cowboys have now gone 11 straight playoff appearances without reaching a conference championship game – it’s the longest streak by any team in NFL history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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