ARLINGTON, Texas – With a 9-point lead in the third quarter, the San Francisco 49ers finally got Game 1 to go. They wasted no time in making the Dallas Cowboys pay for the mistake.
After cornerback K’Waun Williams nabbed an interception from Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott at 26 in Dallas, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan did what he’s done so many times this season, putting the ball in the hands of receiver Deebo Samuel out of the backfield. .
Samuel took a stint from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, looped behind him and sprinted to his right, looking for a hole. After waiting for a beat, the bodies in front of him separated, and Samuel cut inside and ran 26 yards untouched for a touchdown. The touchdown put the 49ers up 23-7 with 5:50 left in the third quarter.
Including the regular season, it was Samuel’s ninth touchdown of the season when lined up in the backfield. He became the first receiver to lead his team in modern-era rushing touchdowns with his eight in the regular season. The score was Samuel’s fourth rushing touchdown for 20+ yards this season, tied with running back Raheem Mostert (2019) for the most in a season by a Niner.
Samuel gained 22 yards over expectation on his 26-yard rushing TD. In the regular season, 46% of his rushing yards exceeded expectations, the second most of any RB or WR with over 50 rushes. –Nick Wagoner
It’s “wide back” @19problemz for the tuddy 💰
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 16, 2022
Dak Prescott drops a nice pass into the arms of Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper
ARLINGTON, Texas — Perhaps it’s an overstatement to say the Dallas Cowboys’ season was on the line in their first practice of the second quarter, trailing the San Francisco 49ers 13-0 in a wild card playoff game. But Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper made sure it ended in a good way for the home side.
Facing their first third down play of the drive, Prescott threw a perfect 20-yard pass to the end zone for Cooper, who passed cornerback K’Waun Williams to cut the 49ers lead to 13-7 with 5:19 to go. the first half.
The Cowboys entered that drive with 7 yards on their first eight plays of the game, but offensive coordinator Kellen Moore went to the rush play on the first five plays of the scoring drive. Ezekiel Elliott picked up 10 yards, Tony Pollard picked up 9 and CeeDee Lamb picked up 5. That calmed the Cowboys down and put them in scoring position, then Prescott and Cooper connected for a touchdown for the second time in three playoff games together.
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, it was Cooper’s second touchdown since the slot this season. It was also the 14th straight touchdown the Cowboys had scored on red zone possessions. -Todd Archer
– NFL (@NFL) January 16, 2022