The Dallas Cowboys’ season ended on a bizarre final play with 45.7 million folks watching.
The staff’s 19-12 loss to the 49ers on Sunday was the most-watched matchup of the weekend and the second most-watched NFL divisional playoff recreation on file, in line with Fox Sports activities.
It’s not the primary time a file variety of viewers have tuned in to observe the Cowboys lose. Dallas’ 2017 playoff loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers drew 48.5 million viewers, the most-ever for a divisional playoff recreation.
The Cowboys’ most up-to-date loss is exclusive in that it was the most-watched telecast of any type because the final Tremendous Bowl and peaked with 51.5 million viewers.
Sunday’s AFC showdown between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals garnered 39.3 million viewers compared, per Show Buzz Daily.
Dallas and San Francisco as soon as had a powerful rivalry and it noticed a revival on Sunday. 49ers tight finish George Kittle made a suspenseful catch within the third quarter that teetered between his palms as he dodged cornerback Trevon Diggs and one way or the other secured the ball earlier than the dive landed him on the sphere.
It took Kittle 9 yards to safe possession of the move, a reception that set San Francisco up for a 91-yard landing drive later.
“I used to be simply making an attempt to be dramatic,” Kittle joked, through The Athletic. “It was only for TV. Simply making an attempt to get the rankings up.”
Powerful 27 years for the Cowboys franchise
For the previous 27 years, the Cowboys haven’t managed to make it out of the divisional spherical, an unlucky stretch for a staff that has targets to win all of it.
Yahoo Sports activities’ Jori Epstein wrote that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones informed media members that he and the staff have been “sick” in regards to the loss, a phrase he used six extra instances in a 2-minute span.
Nonetheless, he communicated that Sunday’s exhibiting didn’t deter him from quarterback Dak Prescott or head coach Mike McCarthy.
“I wish to be proper again right here [next year] with the identical hand, the identical alternative, with Prescott because the quarterback, and go get it,” Jones stated. “ … if we’ve acquired him at quarterback, I’ll take my possibilities.”
Prescott is a “good but not great” quarterback, in line with Yahoo Sports activities’ Dan Wetzel. After throwing for 206 yards, one landing and two interceptions on Sunday, he vowed to be higher.
The 29-year-old quarterback is clearly not Dallas’ solely concern. It’s truthful to say that the “a whole bunch of hundreds of Cowboys followers” Jones lamented over after the loss might be watching the staff’s offseason strikes intently for any indicators of enchancment.