Cowboys vs. 49ers RECAP: Niners advance to NFC Championship Game vs. Eagles, 19-12 – NJ.com

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will face the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game on Sunday. (AP Photo | John Raoux)AP
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Christian McCaffrey scored on a go-ahead 2-yard run in the fourth quarter and San Francisco’s defense did the rest, sending the 49ers to their second straight NFC title game with a 19-12 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
The 49ers (15-4) used back-to-back long scoring drives in the second half to wear down the Cowboys (13-6) and win their 12th straight game. San Francisco advanced to play the Eagles in the NFC title game next Sunday in Philadelphia after losing in that round to the Rams a year ago.
The Cowboys lost for the record seventh straight time in the divisional round and have failed to make it to the NFC title game since winning their fifth Super Bowl title following the 1995 season.
Dak Prescott threw two interceptions and Brett Maher missed his fifth extra point of the postseason when his attempt was blocked. He later made two field goals.
The Cowboys had a shot when they took over at their own 18 with 2:59 remaining, trailing 19-12 after Robbie Gould’s fourth field goal of the game capped a nearly eight-minute drive.
But Prescott threw two straight incompletions and was sacked on third down. Coach Mike McCarthy opted to punt on fourth-and-10 with all three timeouts left.
Rookie Brock Purdy started the next drive with a 16-yard completion to George Kittle and San Francisco didn’t give the ball back to Dallas until there were 45 seconds left at the 6. Dallas never got close from there.
Purdy, the last pick in the draft last April, improved to 7-0 as a starter since replacing an injured Jimmy Garoppolo early in Week 13. He went 18 for 28 for 215 yards with no turnovers against the Cowboys, joining Joe Flacco (2008) and Mark Sanchez (2009) as the only rookie QBs to win two playoff starts.
The 49ers took the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter when McCaffrey capped a 91-yard drive with a 2-yard run.
The drive featured a juggling 30-yard catch by Kittle and a pair of defensive holds against Dallas — including one on Donovan Wilson near the goal line that negated a third-down sack.
Maher made his second field goal of the game when he converted from 43 yards out to cut San Francisco’s lead to 16-12.
The NFL’s top two scoring teams over the past 13 weeks had trouble getting going as the defenses led by All-Pros Nick Bosa of San Francisco and Micah Parsons of Dallas controlled the play.
The Niners turned two interceptions in the first half by Prescott into field goals by Robbie Gould and led 9-6 at the half.
The Cowboys scored the only TD of the first half with Prescott connecting with tight end Dalton Schultz for the third time this postseason. But Maher’s low extra-point attempt was blocked by Samson Ebukam.
Maher got some redemption when he made a 25-yard field goal that tied the game at 9 early in the third quarter after Ray-Ray McCloud fumbled a punt return at the San Francisco 21.
JUST FOR KICKS
The Cowboys’ decision to stick with Maher after his four missed extra points last week looked questionable when he missed the early extra point.
There had been a dustup pregame when Maher was warming up. Trent Williams and other 49ers players tried to interfere with his attempts from San Francisco’s side of the field, leading to a brief argument.
INJURIES
Cowboys: RB Tony Pollard left late in the first half after injuring his left ankle while getting tackled following a reception. He didn’t return to the game. … DT Calvin Watkins (calf) left in the first half.
49ers: DE Charles Omenihu (oblique) left briefly in the first half but returned to the game.
UP NEXT
The 49ers would reach their second Super Bowl in the past four seasons with a win at Philadelphia.
— The Associated Press
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The Philadelphia Eagles are waiting!
The Dallas Cowboys, led by quarterback Dak Prescott, meet the San Francisco 49ers, led by quarterback Brock Purdy, in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game on Sunday, January 22, 2023 (1/22/23) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
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The winner moves a step away from Super Bowl LVII, with a berth in next Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against quarterback Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles, who pounded the Giants, 38-7, in the other NFC Divisional Playoff Game on Saturday.
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The Dallas Cowboys are taking on the San Francisco 49ers for the record-tying 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 come into the game on an 11-game winning streak that is their longest in 25 years. The Cowboys snapped an eight-game road losing streak in the playoffs last week at Tampa Bay and are looking for their first berth in the NFC title game since winning the Super Bowl in the 1995 season.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: NFL Playoffs 2023, NFC Divisional Round
Who: Dallas Cowboys (12-5) vs. San Francisco 49ers (13-4)
When: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
TV: FOX
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Line: Niners -4
Over/under: 46.5
(Lines subject to change.)
COWBOYS NOTES: QB DAK PRESCOTT became 5th QB ever with 4 TD passes & rush TD in single playoff game & has pass TD & rush TD in 4 straight playoff games, longest streak in NFL history. Has 8 TDs (6 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 100.1 rating in 3 career starts vs. SF, incl. playoffs. • RB TONY POLLARD rushed for 77 yards in NFC-WC at TB. Had career highs in scrimmage yards (1,378), rush yards (1,007), rec. yards (371), rush TDs (9) & rec. TDs (3) in 2022. Had 6 catches, 132 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 63 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last reg. season meeting. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 968 scrimmage yards (876 rush, 92 rec) & ranked tied-5th in NFL with 12 rush TDs in 2022. Since 2016, is only player with 10,000+ scrimmage yards (10,598). Has 376 scrimmage yards (188 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career games at SF. • WR CEEDEE LAMB had 1st-career playoff TD catch last week in NFC-WC at TB. Ranked tied-5th with career-high 107 receptions, ranked 6th with career-high 1,359 rec. yards & had career-high 9 rec. TDs in 2022. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ led team with 7 catches for 95 yards & 2 rec. TDs in NFC-WC at TB, 1st TE in team history with 2 rec. TDs in single playoff game. Had 7 catches for 89 yards in 2021 NFC-WC vs. SF (1/16/22). Had 57 catches for 577 yards & 5 rec. TDs in 2022 & is 1 of 4 TEs with 50+ catches & 500+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons.
49ERS NOTES: QB BROCK PURDY became 1st rookie QB ever with 4 total TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) in playoff game. Passed for 332 yards in NFC-WC vs. Sea., most by rookie in 1st playoff game since 1937 (HOFer Sammy Baugh). • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 136 scrimmage yards (119 rush, 17 rec.) & TD catch in NFC-WC vs. Sea. Aims for his 3rd in row in playoffs with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD & aims for his 8th in row with TD, incl. playoffs. Ranked 3rd in NFL with 1,880 scrimmage yards (1,139 rush, 741 rec. – most among RBs), ranked 2nd among RBs with 85 catches & was 1 of 2 (Austin Ekeler) with 5+ rush TDs (8) & 5+ rec. TDs (5) in 2022. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL rushed for 96 yards & TD in 2021 NFC-WC at Dal. (1/16/22). • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 60 catches for 765 yards (5th-most among TEs) & career-high 11 rec. TDs (2nd-most among TEs) in 2022. Had 4 games with 2 rec. TDs in 2022, most by TE in season since 2015. • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 73 rec. yards in NFC-WC vs. Sea. & has 65+ rec. yards in 3 of his 4 career playoff games. Aims for his 3rd in row, incl. playoffs, vs. Dal. with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Set career highs with 78 receptions, 1,015 rec. yards & 8 rec. TDs in 2022. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 165 scrimmage yards (133 rec., 32 rush) & TD catch in NFC-WC vs. Sea. Has 685 scrimmage yards (414 rec., 271 rush – 97.9 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in 7 career playoff games. Had 110 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 38 rec.) & rush TD in 2021 NFC-WC at Dal. (1/16/22). — NFL Communications
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NFL Playoffs Divisional Round TV and Livestream
SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2023
Kansas City Chiefs 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 20
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Philadelphia Eagles 38, New York Giants 7
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SUNDAY, Jan. 22, 2023
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buffalo Bills, 3 p.m. ET, CBS
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Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers, 6:30 p.m., FOX
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