The Cowboys tied an NFL playoff record with 14 penalties in their Sunday night loss to the underdog 49ers, but that is being forgotten because of the final play of the contest, which saw the Cowboys literally run out of time on a comeback attempt that ended at the 49ers’ 25-yard line.
The Cowboys quickly moved into scoring range after several passes and players getting out of bounds. With 14 seconds left and no timeouts, the Cowboys called a QB draw, and Dak Prescott raced through the middle for a 17-yard gain to San Francisco’s 24-yard line. No timeouts and the clock kept running.
After the run, Prescott and the Cowboys hurried to the line in an attempt to spike the ball and stop the clock for one final play from San Francisco’s 24. But the referee, who is in charge of setting the ball for every snap, accidentally ran into Dak on the way to the line. By the time Prescott actually called for and received the snap to spike the ball, the game clock had expired.
The anger Cowboys fans are still feeling is even worse after video showed a Week 3 game where Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers marched the ball down the field with no timeouts and defeated the San Francisco 49ers on a game-winning field goal. Following a pass up the middle, the official was right there to touch the ball so Rodgers and the Packers could line up and spike it.
Cowboys fans lost their mind.
The biggest difference is that Dak handed the ball to his center instead of the ref who was trailing the play.
Once, the Cowboys head into the offseason with unfulfilled expectations.