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NFL Divisional Round Game Recap: San Francisco 49ers 19, Dallas Cowboys 12

Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) celebrates after a play during the fourth quarter of a NFC divisional round game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys 19-12 in the divisional round of the 2022 NFL playoffs, securing their third conference championship berth in four years.

Offensive spotlight: Big players make big plays in big games, and 49ers tight end George Kittle made them exactly when his team needed him to on Sunday night. Kittle hauled in all five of his targets for 95 yards and four first downs, the best of which was a one-handed, 30-yard grab to move the Niners into scoring position in the third quarter.

Four of Kittle's catches went for 15 or more yards, and he averaged a game-leading 3.28 yards per route run. Since Week 13, he's generated a 143.3 passer rating when targeted.

Defensive spotlight: Niners linebacker Fred Warner put on an outstanding display against the Cowboys and will likely come out of reviews with an 85.0-plus PFF grade. He was targeted five times in coverage but gave up just two receptions for 15 yards. He snagged an interception, didn't give up a single first down and added a team-leading three run stops for good measure.

Rookie spotlight: Brock Purdy didn't do much wrong on Sunday, and that's exactly what the San Francisco 49ers needed from him. He went 19-of-29 for 214 yards, and while he didn't throw a touchdown pass, he came away with one big-time throw and zero turnover-worthy plays. He got the ball out in less than 3.0 seconds on average, and he threw just eight passes further than 10 yards downfield.

Offensive line spotlight: Despite the result, the Cowboys offensive line did its part. On first review, the gave up just five pressures — all hurries — from 40 pass-blocking snaps. The 49ers gave up nine hurries from 33 pass-blocking snaps.

Box Score

Passing
DALLAS COWBOYS
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Long Sacks Rtg
Dak Prescott 12.4 23 / 37 206 5.6 1 2 46 1 63.6
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Long Sacks Rtg
Brock Purdy 9.4 19 / 29 214 7.4 0 0 31 2 87.4
Rushing
DALLAS COWBOYS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
CeeDee Lamb 25.3 2 6 3.0 0 4 0
Dak Prescott 12.4 4 22 5.5 0 11 0
Ezekiel Elliott 5.3 10 26 2.6 0 5 0
Tony Pollard 5.3 6 22 3.7 0 10 0
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Christian McCaffrey 17.7 10 35 3.5 1 8 0
Deebo Samuel 9.6 4 11 2.8 0 8 0
Brock Purdy 9.4 3 8 2.7 0 6 0
Elijah Mitchell 5.1 14 51 3.6 0 13 0
Kyle Juszczyk 0.8 1 8 8.0 0 8 0
Receiving
DALLAS COWBOYS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
CeeDee Lamb 25.3 13 10 117 9.0 0 46
Dalton Schultz 13.7 10 5 27 2.7 1 9
Ezekiel Elliott 5.3 4 2 7 1.8 0 9
Tony Pollard 5.3 3 2 11 3.7 0 8
Noah Brown 4.1 2 2 21 10.5 0 18
T.Y. Hilton 2.5 1 1 15 15.0 0 15
KaVontae Turpin 1.8 1 1 8 8.0 0 8
Michael Gallup 0.0 3 0 0 0.0 0 0
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Christian McCaffrey 17.7 8 6 22 2.8 0 8
George Kittle 14.5 5 5 95 19.0 0 31
Deebo Samuel 9.6 7 4 45 6.4 0 17
Jauan Jennings 4.6 2 2 26 13.0 0 21
Brandon Aiyuk 4.6 4 2 26 6.5 0 17

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