San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward took a shot at Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott following the 49ers' 23-17 win over the Cowboys in the wild card round. Prescott didn't have a great game as he completed 22-of-43 passes for 254 yards.
Prescott had a touchdown and an interception. “We went in there and did what we needed to do: Stop the run and force them to be one-dimensional. See if Prescott could win the game for them,” Ward said after the game, per Jori Epstein.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was thrilled after his team beat their big rivals. "I said, 'These guys become everyone's heroes because of what you do in the playoffs, not what you do in the season,'" Shanahan said after his team's harrowing win.
"I don't think our guys totally know the rivalry. They've got an idea now. But they knew the moment, and they were ready for it."
The 49ers won after a bad Prescott decision
With 14 seconds to go in the game, Prescott ran 17 yards on a quarterback draw to reach the San Francisco 41-yard line.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, Prescott didn't manage to spike the ball as the game clock expired. "When you've practiced it as much as we've done over and over again, you're not necessarily worried about it," Prescott said.
"You trust your training that you put into it. ... I mean the rest of it, you don't prepare for things like [colliding with the umpire], but I guess we'll start having to, knowing the way this played out." After the loss, Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons took said he wasn't happy with officiating.
"When we were younger, we just said it was bias, you know, people just hate the Cowboys," rookie linebacker Parsons said. "I just think we were playing hard, you know. I think when you tend to play hard and you want to make a play, you tend to jump offsides or you tend to put a hands to the face or you know you might hold by accident or even if it wasn't a hold you never know how they might perceive it.
"I just felt like a couple of them were very questionable and very bias towards us. But then again, it's our fault, we shouldn't be put in that position. I'm going to take full accountability, and I hope everyone else does, too."