3. Donovan Wilson holding penalty on George Kittle
The 49ers’ 10-play, 91-yard touchdown drive was the story of the game. Much like last season’s playoff loss to San Francisco, Dallas’ second half penalties came home to roost. On this drive alone, they committed three infractions. None was bigger than Wilson’s hold on George Kittle on 3rd and 8.
The pass rush got home in the form of DeMarcus Lawrence. Brock Prudy didn’t have enough time to locate Kittle up the seem. Beaten on the route, Wilson bear-hugged the Niners’ tight end and the drive continued.
Ipso facto, a colossal defensive stand quickly morphed into a back-breaking rushing score from Christian McCaffrey. The touchdown extended the 49ers’ lead to 16-9 and that was more than enough to get the job done with Dallas’ struggling to muster anything resembling a rhythm on offense.
Wilson was a rock all year for Dan Quinn, but he had a lapse in judgment and it cost the Cowboys dearly with their season on the line.