49ers beat Cowboys 19-12 to advance to NFC title activity

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Christian McCaffrey scored on a go-forward 2-property run in the fourth quarter and San Francisco’s protection did the rest, sending the 49ers to their 2nd straight NFC title match with a 19-12 victory more than the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

The 49ers (15-4) utilized again-to-again prolonged scoring drives in the next fifty percent to put on down the Cowboys (13-6) and get their 12th straight sport. San Francisco advanced to participate in the Eagles in the NFC title sport subsequent Sunday in Philadelphia right after getting rid of in that spherical to the Rams a calendar year in the past.

“Man, we’re just fired up that we won,” rookie 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy mentioned. “Everyone did their aspect. It’s playoff soccer, it is in no way uncomplicated, but we’re transferring on.”

The Cowboys shed for the history seventh straight time in the divisional round and have unsuccessful to make it to the NFC title game considering the fact that successful their fifth Tremendous Bowl title pursuing the 1995 period.

Dak Prescott threw two interceptions and Brett Maher skipped his fifth extra stage of the postseason when his try was blocked. He afterwards made two discipline objectives.

The Cowboys had a shot when they took more than at their own 18 with 2:59 remaining, trailing 19-12 soon after Robbie Gould’s fourth field purpose of the match capped a just about eight-minute travel.

But Prescott threw two straight incompletions and was sacked on 3rd down. Coach Mike McCarthy opted to punt on fourth-and-10 with all 3 timeouts still left.

Purdy begun the following push with a 16-garden completion to George Kittle and San Francisco didn’t give the ball back to Dallas until there were being 45 seconds still left. The Cowboys took above at their 6 and by no means obtained close from there.

Purdy, the last pick in the draft previous April, enhanced to 7- as a starter considering that changing an hurt Jimmy Garoppolo early in 7 days 13. He went 18 for 28 for 215 yards with no turnovers from the Cowboys, becoming a member of Joe Flacco (2008) and Mark Sanchez (2009) as the only rookie QBs to earn two playoff begins.

“Wow. Brock Purdy obtaining us to the NFC championship match? I signify, he’s only won I consider like 7 in a row now. Excellent position, Brock,” Kittle claimed. “He’s actively playing at a superior level, acquiring our ideal players the soccer, he’s wonderful and assured in the huddle. He’s just executing a great career.”

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The 49ers took the guide on the initially play of the fourth quarter when McCaffrey capped a 91-garden travel with a 2-yard run.

The drive featured a juggling 30-garden catch by Kittle and a pair of defensive retains against Dallas — which include 1 on Donovan Wilson around the target line that negated a 3rd-down sack.

“I was like, you know what, how can I make this as remarkable as probable?” Kittle mentioned of his breathtaking catch. “Just shout-out to Brock: I in fact wasn’t even in development and he nevertheless located me, so which is all that matters. So I just enjoy him supplying me a shot at catching the ball.”

Maher made his second subject objective of the sport when he transformed from 43 yards out to minimize San Francisco’s guide to 16-12.

The NFL’s prime two scoring groups about the previous 13 weeks had issues getting heading as the defenses led by All-Pros Nick Bosa of San Francisco and Micah Parsons of Dallas controlled the play.

The Niners picked off Prescott 2 times in the very first fifty percent, turned these into area objectives by Gould and led 9-6 at the break.

The Cowboys scored the only TD of the first 50 percent with Prescott connecting with limited stop Dalton Schultz for the 3rd time this postseason. But Maher’s low extra-stage attempt was blocked by Samson Ebukam.

Maher obtained some redemption when he built a 25-garden subject goal that tied the sport at 9 early in the third quarter soon after Ray-Ray McCloud fumbled a punt return at the San Francisco 21.

JUST FOR KICKS

The Cowboys’ conclusion to stick with Maher following his 4 skipped additional details previous 7 days looked questionable when he skipped the early more issue. Maher’s five missed PATs are the next most by any NFL kicker in the playoffs. Roy Gerela missed 6 tries in 43 attempts in the 1970s for Houston and Pittsburgh.

There had been a dustup pregame when Maher was warming up. Trent Williams and other 49ers gamers attempted to interfere with his tries from San Francisco’s aspect of the discipline, foremost to a brief argument.

Accidents

Cowboys: RB Tony Pollard still left late in the 1st fifty percent following injuring his still left ankle whilst finding tackled following a reception. He did not return to the game. … DT Calvin Watkins (calf) remaining in the initial 50 percent.

49ers: DE Charles Omenihu (oblique) remaining briefly in the initial 50 % but returned to the sport.

UP Subsequent

The 49ers would arrive at their next Tremendous Bowl in the earlier four seasons with a get at Philadelphia.

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