The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers met in the NFL playoffs for the first time in over 20 years Sunday, with San Francisco defeating the Cowboys 23-17. The two teams added to their historic rivalry with a game that came down to the final play. Dallas QB Dak Prescott ran 17 yards but was unable to spike the ball in time for one final snap.

Dallas struggled throughout the matchup, with 14 penalties for 89; a 5-of-13 conversion rate on third down; and just 4.4 yards per play, and the Cowboys’ offense managed just 307 total yards. The Cowboys finished with 127 penalties on the season, the most in the NFL. San Francisco played a solid all-around game. It recorded five sacks of Prescott and ran the ball at will, with 169 yards on 38 attempts. They went 6 for 13 on third down and got four first downs from Dallas penalties.

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