49ers were bad enough against Dallas to lose, but just lucky enough to win

Tight end George Kittle nearly committed a game-shifting fumble, which he admitted he was very fortunate to avoid.

And Jimmy Garoppolo had a potential game-sealing quarterback sneak negated by a penalty for which he was responsible.

And the 49ers avoided having to face a potential game-winning, last-play touchdown pass, thanks to an assist from an official.

The Cliff’s Notes version of the 49ers’ fourth-quarter performance in Sunday’s 23-17 wild-card win at Dallas: lucky and bad.

“Obviously, we have things we have to fix, or learn from, I would say,” Kittle said. “Because we almost let that one get away from us.”

Indeed, the 49ers, leading 23-7 after three quarters, were burned by a successful fake punt, threw an interception that set up a 28-yard touchdown drive, committed six penalties, gained just 71 yards and were outscored 10-0 in the final 15 minutes.

Garoppolo’s fourth-quarter passer rating: 35.0.

“I’d like to finish people out better there at the end,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said.

The 49ers’ season likely will be finished if they try their roller-coaster routine for a third straight week when they visit the top-seeded Packers (13-4) in a divisional-playoff game at Lambeau Field on Saturday night.

The 49ers reached the playoffs by overcoming a 17-point, second-quarter deficit against the Rams. The Niners advanced to the divisional round after almost squandering a 16-point, fourth-quarter lead Sunday.

But the 49ers can beat the Rams, losers of six straight in their…

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