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DAL 41, SF 33: 49ers Turnovers Help Keep Cowboys Playoffs Hopes Alive

The turned four San Francisco turnovers into 24 points and did enough the rest of the game to earn a 41-33 victory over the 49ers in of the . The win moved the Cowboys to 5-9 for the year and kept their slim playoff hopes alive.

The 49ers had two fumbles early in the game to set the Cowboys up for touchdowns and a 14-0 lead. They fought back to make it 17-14 at halftime, but interceptions by and in the second half helped Dallas pull away.

The Cowboys went into the game with the surprise that would not be playing due to a lingering calf . struggled on the ground most of the day until breaking loose for a 40-yard touchdown run in the 4th Quarter that gave Dallas a comfortable lead. It was his second rushing TD of the game in addition to 63 yards receiving.

had a solid outing with 209 yards and two touchdowns despite facing heavy pressure throughout the day. He didn't turn the ball over and that proved to be the difference maker compared to two picks and a fumble from Niners QB Nick Mullens.

Still, the Cowboys weak helped keep San Francisco in the game. They allowed 150 rushing and over 300 yards passing as the 49ers kept fighting to overcome the giveaways.

Donovan Wilson gave up an early touchdown pass but otherwise was making some big plays at . It was also another standout day for with a sack and forced fumble, plus many strong plays against the run.

The biggest story though is that, despite their best efforts at times, the Dallas Cowboys are still in the fight for a spot in the postseason.

Other Notes

  • put a stamp on the win with his touchdown return of a 49ers onside kick attempt. He also had five catches for 85 yards on .
  • left the game with a hip injury and didn't return. On defense, and both had to go out with their own . Statuses for next week are unknown.
  • had a nice day with some backfield disruptions and a deflected pass, and particularly one huge during a goal-line stand. If he and can build on their flashes from this year then Dallas may be be better off at DT in 2021 than we think.
  • got a little more work on offense as the backup but only had four carries for 11 yards. However, he looked very good on kickoffs with a 29.3 average on three returns.
  • Hunter Niswander continued strong work as the new with a 47.0 average and a couple that were stopped close to the goal line. It feels like the injured , a likely cap casualty in 2021 as it stood, has already lost his job.
  • Washington lost today in Seattle, which along with the Dallas win keeps the Cowboys alive and a little closer to stealing the East. They still need two more victories and for the Football Team to keep losing to make it a reality.
Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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While it is possible I think for the Cowboys to win out, I think it is not likely that Washington stumbles two more times… especially against the Panthers who have absolutely nothing to play for. The two utter stinkers the Cowboys laid against Wash will be their undoing. The Cowboys winning out may leave them holding their head a little higher at the end of the season, but it will only hurt them in the long run as they move farther down the draft board and miss out on player who can fix their ailing defense.


Todd, agree Wash. probably won’t lose their last two games. IMO, it will take more than one player to fix our defense. If we pick effectively, hopefully a few moves downward shouldn’t hurt us too bad.

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