The Dallas Cowboys’ final play of their 19-12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers sparked a social media buzz like no other in the postgame moments.

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys needed a miracle from their own 24-yard line to even have a chance to tie the score. Running back Ezekiel Elliott was the center for Dallas and no other offensive linemen surrounded him. Instead, the linemen were spread wide on the left and right side of the line of scrimmage, and it was clear the Cowboys were going to try something crazy in their latest effort.

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, #21, runs past San Francisco 49ers linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair, #51, during the fourth quarter of a divisional round game in the NBA NFC at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on January 22, 2023.
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When Elliott caught the ball (he was quickly run over by a 49ers pass rusher), Prescott took a quick fall before throwing to rookie KaVontae Turpin, who was immediately hit to end the game. The Turpin lineman couldn’t get to Jimmie Ward for the block fast enough, and it was easy for the veteran cornerback to seal the deal.

The play was heavily criticized online. McCarthy explained that the result was not what they had in mind.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, #4, runs during the second quarter of an NFC divisional round game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California on January 22 of 2023.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, #4, runs during the second quarter of an NFC divisional round game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on January 22 of 2023.
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«Yeah, it didn’t work out,» McCarthy said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. «I don’t really want to go into details, but obviously that wasn’t the plan. Obviously it’s a gimmick play or whatever. It’s a last play situation call that we practiced.»

Dallas also came under scrutiny for its clock handling in last season’s playoff loss to the 49ers.

Prescott ran up the middle to gain more yardage for a potential last-second throw, but the clock expired and the 49ers celebrated.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy speaks at a news conference after an NFL divisional round football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, January 22, 2023.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy speaks at a news conference after an NFL divisional round football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, January 22, 2023.
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The Cowboys haven’t reached the NFC Championship since the 1995 season.

Fox News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.

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