Tony Pollard, running back for the Dallas Cowboys, went down with an apparent ankle injury in the divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers. The two teams locked horns at the Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. Pollard walked off the field with assistance. He was taken to the locker room for further evaluation.

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This is not a good development and his chances to return to this game seem to be getting lower. The running back has his leg rolled up on a tackle by Jimmie Ward. He was able to get to his feet but is headed to the injury tent. Ezekiel Elliot will take over as the lead back while he is out.

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At halftime, the scores were 49ers 9 and Cowboys 6.
Pollard has been the more explosive running back for Dallas season, while Elliot has been a plodder of late. If Pollard can’t come back, the Cowboys will have lost one of their two explosive offensive playmakers. Pollard has emerged as the Cowboys’ best running back in his first Pro Bowl season.

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The Cowboys and 49ers battled through a hard-fought first half Sunday in their NFC divisional round playoff game. Entering the game, Pollard rushed for 1,007 yards to account for 43.8% of the Cowboys’ yards on the ground this season. He caught 39 passes for another 371 yards. Pollard has six carries for 22 yards and two catches for 11 yards Sunday before the injury.

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The Cowboys are taking on the 49ers for the record ninth time in the playoffs. Dallas has won five of the previous eight meetings but lost at home to San Francisco in the wild-card round last season. The Niners entered the game on an 11-game winning streak that is their longest in 25 years. The Cowboys broke an eight-game road losing streak in the playoffs last week at Tampa Bay and are aiming for their first entry in the NFC title game since winning the super bowl in the 1995 season.