The Dallas Cowboys didn't get a final shot.
The situation already wasn't looking good for the home team, down six with precious seconds left on the game clock.But obviously the Cowboys at least wanted to get one last chance to salvage their season.
Quarterback Dak Prescott was vocal about the controversial final play, wherein he spiked the ball seemingly a second too late after a bump from umpire Ramon George who was trying to set the ball up to start the play.
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The Niners escape the Cowboys comeback as time expires 💯pic.twitter.com/DvuQSUUCqF
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After the game, the Cowboys QB was adamant that he thought the referees ruled it wrong.
Via ProFootball Talk:
“I thought I did (spike the ball in time),” Prescott said. “I didn’t hear what the ref said, what their announcement was. I just saw them running off the field and the Niners running on the field and celebrating, so understood what had happened.”
Prescott spoke out even further, breaking down the entire sequence of events from his perspective. According to him, the Cowboys had things under control to get one final play until the bump, but still felt there was enough time left.
“We were going to get some yards and get down and clock it,” Prescott said. “It’s something we’ve practiced over and over again. Ran. Went and got some yards. Went down. As I was getting behind (center) Tyler (Biadasz), saw four seconds left. I thought there was obviously time to make sure everybody was set, and then honestly, just got hit from behind (by the umpire). Still, when I got up (under center), I saw two seconds. I thought I could get the snap and get it down before time expired. I’m not sure what happened other than that.”
While there's no denying that there were a myriad of reasons they were in that situation in the first place, it's undeniably a brutal way to exit if you're the Dallas Cowboys.