Kyle Shanahan 49ers January 1, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches game action against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers are taking on the Dallas Cowboys with a chance of a potential NFC Championship appearance on the line, and many around the NFL world were very critical of 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan for his clock management at the end of the first half.

San Francisco got the ball back at their own 28-yard-line with 1:25 remaining in the first half after an interception from Dak Prescott with three timeouts remaining.

Most would think that this was plenty of time for San Francisco to move the ball down the field for a potential field goal or touchdown possibility on the drive.

However, Shanahan decided to open up the drive with two run plays. The second run play drew some heavy criticism, as he decided not to call a timeout and run the clock down to 30 seconds remaining in the half.

Luckily this blunder did not cost the 49ers all that much. They went on to convert a number of big completions from quarterback Brock Purdy to get into field goal range, leading to a field goal at the end of the first half by Robbie Gould.

It has been only field goals in the first half from San Francisco, and many around the NFL world believe that Kyle Shanahan should have been far more aggressive on that possession.

It is certainly worth noting that the 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is starting just his eighth NFL game on Sunday, which could be a factor for this decision by Shanahan.

Regardless, Shanahan is typically thought of as one of the most impressive coaches in the NFL, but this clock management issue could certainly come back to cost the 49ers should they continue to struggle offensively.

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.