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49ers hold off late push, eliminate Cowboys

San Francisco will travel to top-seeded Green Bay next weekend for the NFC semifinals

NFL: NFC Wild Card Playoff-San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws the ball Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, in front of Dallas Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong (92) in a NFC wild-card playoff game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Elijah Mitchell ran for 96 yards and a touchdown while the San Francisco 49ers' defense overcame the loss of star end Nick Bosa to hold the Dallas Cowboys in check during a 23-17 win Sunday in the NFC wild-card round.

Jimmy Garoppolo hit 16 of 25 throws for 172 yards with an interception for the 49ers, who will travel to top-seeded Green Bay next weekend for the NFC semifinals. Deebo Samuel added 110 yards from scrimmage, 72 on the ground, with a touchdown.

Samuel's 26-yard scoring run, one play after Dak Prescott was intercepted by K'Waun Williams, gave San Francisco a 23-7 advantage with 5:50 left in the third quarter.

Greg Zuerlein's 51-yard field goal and Prescott's 5-yard touchdown run pulled the Cowboys within six points with 8:02 left. But Dallas' last chance ended when Prescott ran 17 yards up the middle to the 49ers' 24-yard line and could not spike the ball to stop the clock before time expired. Dallas was out of timeouts.

NFL: NFC Wild Card Playoff-San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu (92) and fumbles the ball in the third quarter Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
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Bosa (concussion) didn't play in the second half, but sixth-seeded San Francisco still held third-seeded Dallas to 307 total yards and sacked Prescott five times. Prescott completed just 23 of 43 passes for 254 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

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Dallas hurt its cause with 14 penalties for 89 yards. Four of them gave the 49ers first downs.

San Francisco initiated the scoring on the game's first possession, marching 75 yards in just seven plays. Mitchell stepped into the end zone from the 4 on a toss sweep, slicing just inside the front right pylon at the 10:54 mark.

NFL: NFC Wild Card Playoff-San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys free safety Damontae Kazee (18) attempts to tackle San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell (25) during the second half Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, of a NFC wild-card game at AT&T Stadium.
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Gould upped the lead to 10-0 on the 49ers' second drive, drilling a 53-yard field goal with 4:56 left. He connected from 40 yards out with 9:44 remaining in the first half, capping a drive of nearly eight minutes to make it 13-0.

Dallas finally got some traction on the next possession, going 67 yards in nine plays to get on the board. Prescott hooked up with Amari Cooper for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 5:24 on the clock to cut the deficit to 13-7.

Gould sent San Francisco into the locker room with a 16-7 lead after converting from 52 yards out with 3:08 left.

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