After the circumstances surrounding the ending of the game, it’s perhaps understandable why Cowboys fans were frustrated.
Despite all the offensive talent the team has, Dallas struggled to move the ball against the 49ers — the Cowboys had 11 possessions, seven of which ended with no points.
But trailing by six points and with just over 30 seconds on the clock, Prescott had an opportunity to make amends.
He managed to move the offense to the San Francisco 41-yard line with 14 secondi rimasti, at which point the 49ers called a timeout to stop the clock.
tuttavia, instead of throwing for the endzone — and with no timeouts remaining — Prescott ran 17 yards on a designed quarterback run.
As the Cowboys and the 49ers attempted to get into position for Prescott to stop the clock by throwing the ball to the turf, umpire Ramon George was also running to spot the ball.
George collided with Prescott before the quarterback could stop the clock and time expired before the QB could get the snap off.
In his press conference after the game, Prescott said the intended play was something he and his teammates had practiced.
“We’ve practiced it
,” Prescott disse
. “You hand it to the center
. The umpire
, all he has to do is usually come in and tap the ball
. Don’t necessarily know exactly
… why the hit
(with the official
) è accaduto, suppongo. si, I know he’s going to come in and touch the ball
. We could say
, 'Si, he needs to be closer to the ball
,’ or whatever
, but in hindsight
, it’s just tough
. Just tough to accept.
Referee Alex Kemp disse that George spotted the ball correctly and explained that he bumped into Cowboys players because he was moving the ball to its
” in his postgame pool report
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy disse he believed the sequence of events would be reviewed by officials and time would be added back on to allow his team to have one final shot at winning the game
tuttavia, that wish was not granted and the Cowboys were knocked out of the playoffs at the first time of asking.