Lone Australian remains in NFL playoffs

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The San Francisco 49ers have won at the Dallas Cowboys in their NFL wild-card play-off game.
Camera IconThe San Francisco 49ers have won at the Dallas Cowboys in their NFL wild-card play-off game. Credit: AP

Just one Australian remains in the hunt for Super Bowl glory after San Francisco won their NFL play-off clash at Dallas and Philadelphia lost to Tampa Bay.

The Eagles were bounced out of the post-season 31-15 by the Bucaneers -- leaving Mitch Wishnowsky as the lone Australian with a shot of making the Super Bowl.

The hopes of Philadelphia's offensive tackle Jordan Mailata and punter Arryn Siposs were extinguished in Tampa by the clinical hosts.

Hours later, the 49ers won 23-17 as time expired on the Cowboys to ensure punter Wishnowsky at least another week in the limelight.

The visitors led all the way after scoring with their first three possessions.

Yet Dallas had a final chance to advance when they had the ball with 32 seconds left to play.

They were at the San Francisco 41-yard line with 14 seconds to go when quarterback Dak Prescott took off up the middle intending to slide and spike the ball for a final play.

However, the Cowboys didn't get the snap off from the 24 until it was too late with the referee Alex Kemp announcing the game was over.

San Francisco will head to Green Bay for a divisional game against the top-seeded Packers, looking for another trip to the NFC championship game.

In Tampa, Tom Brady threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns for Tampa Bay, as the champions dominated NFC wild-card clash.

The Bucaneers set the tempo from the start, with Brady leading a pair of long TD drives in the opening quarter and building the lead to 17-0 by halftime.

He finished off the Eagles with TD passes of 2 yards to Rob Gronkowski and 36 yards to Mike Evans, improving his dazzling play-off record to 35-11 in a record 46 post-season starts.

The Bucs defence did its part, too, intercepting Jalen Hurts twice in the Philadelphia quarterback's play-off debut.

Brady completed 29 of 37 passes without an interception while extending his post-season record for TD passes to 85.

Patrick Mahomes passed for 404 yards and five touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs began their bid for a third straight conference title by downing the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers 42-21 in the AFC wild-card round.

The loss likely will be the last NFL game for the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, who is expected to announce his retirement.

The 39-year-old quarterback started slowly before finishing with 215 yards passing, going 29 of 44 with two touchdowns.

with AP

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