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Dak Prescott said he was sure the bungled spike which cost the Cowboys a shot at victory happened with time left on the clock

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 2022-01-17

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Dak Prescott.
  • The Cowboys lost 23-17 to the 49ers Sunday after a last minute spike bungle involving Dak Prescott.
  • A collision between an official and the Cowboys O-line saw the clock run to zero before a final spike.
  • Quarterback Prescott, however, said he thought he'd gotten the spike done in time.

Dak Prescott has insisted that he thought the bungled spike which cost the Dallas Cowboys a shot at a comeback victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday happened before time ran out.

The Cowboys had trailed the entire game at the AT&T Stadium, but got the ball back down 23-17 at their 20-yard line with just 32 seconds left and no timeouts.

And after getting the ball out of bounds on three consecutive plays to make it into San Francisco territory, Mike McCarthy's team found itself in range for a potential Hail Mary to win with just 14 seconds to spare.

Prescott instead chose to run with the ball, however, in an attempt to get closer to the end zone. He gained 17 yards on a QB draw, got up, and frantically rushed to spike the ball and get one last play in.

While Prescott was preparing for that final play, the official tasked with resetting the football collided with Prescott and his offensive line , causing a momentary but costly delay. By the time the ball was finally snapped and spiked, time was already up.

"I thought I did," Prescott said of the failed spike after the match, according to NBC Sports.

"I didn't hear what the ref said, what their announcement was. I just saw them running off the field and the Niners running on the field and celebrating, so understood what had happened."

He added: "We were going to get some yards and get down and clock it. It's something we've practiced over and over again. Ran. Went and got some yards. Went down. As I was getting behind Tyler [Biadasz], saw four seconds left.

"I thought there was obviously time to make sure everybody was set, and then honestly, just got hit from behind."

"Still, when I got up [under center], I saw two seconds," he continued. "I thought I could get the snap and get it down before time expired. I'm not sure what happened other than that."

Cowboys fans did not respond well to the mess at the final whistle.

Video circulated on social media showing fans throwing trash on to the field as the officials ran off and to the locker rooms.

Asked about the incident after the game, Prescott initially thought the trash was being thrown at the Cowboys players.

"I didn't see that," he said. "That's sad. You're talking about a team; you're talking about men that come out each and every day of their lives and give everything to this sport. Give everything to this game of football."

"For people to react that way when you're supposed to be a supporter, and with us through thick and thin, that's tough."

However, after a reporter informed Prescott that the fans had instead aimed the trash at the referees rather than the Cowboys themselves, he changed his tune.

"Credit to them then," Prescott said. "Yeah, credit. Credit to them."

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Steven Davis
01-18

Even if there was 1 minute on the clock. Dak still couldn't make a victory play. 😆 😆. 4 quarters in the game. He did nothing but throw bad passes. They had too many holding penalties. Goodbye !!!!!!!!!

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blm=?
01-18

he is against throwing trash at players but its ok for refs who are also out there doing their job the best they can. Prescott is overpaid and hurt his team demanding so much

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John Peiper
01-18

Enough with the corcodile Tear's, Dallas was favorite by 3 points, played the game at home and lost..even if the pillow dude states, Dallas is magically going to appear in the Super Bowl, it's not happening Dak

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