49ers beat Cowboys to advance to NFC Championship Game as winning streak stays alive

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It wasn’t the offensive offense the San Francisco 49ers showed at Levi’s Stadium last week, but they still got the job done by beating the Dallas Cowboys 19-12 to advance to the game for the second straight year. the NFC Championship.

Thanks to two drives that totaled 14 minutes, Brock Purdy and the forward were able to kill the clock and get enough points on the board to force Dak Prescott and the Cowboys to score a touchdown if they wanted to at least force overtime . .

However, Prescott was forced to a three-and-out as the league’s best defense during the regular season proved once again why they are so dangerous.

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Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi’s Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.
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He would get another chance with no downtime after the 49ers burned more clocks, but it was for naught as San Francisco celebrated their victory.

Purdy did well to keep that winning streak alive for the 49ers, who now grow to 12 games in a row. But he will have to continue to rock the offense in his first road playoff game next Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Purdy finished the game with 214 for 19 of 29 yards through the air while being sacked twice.

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Prescott hoped his five touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week would give him some momentum against the Niners, but it didn’t. Instead, he threw more interceptions than touchdowns, turning over twice in the first half.

Prescott finished 23 of 37 for 206 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions while rushing for 22 yards on four carries.

Dalton Schultz #86 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi’s Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.
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It took the 49ers until the fourth quarter to finally get their first touchdown of the night, as Christian McCaffrey capped off a 10-play drive with a two-yard run to take a 16–9 lead over the Cowboys.

49ers placekicker Robbie Gould was the only one to score points, including a 50-yarder that ended the first half with a 9-6 lead, before that long drive to San Fran.

Dallas scored the first touchdown of the game when Dalton Schultz caught a short pass from Prescott and waltzed into the end zone in the second quarter. However, embattled kicker Brett Maher had his extra run attempt blocked, which comes a week after he missed four of his five attempts in Tampa Bay against the Buccaneers.

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Maher’s kick appeared to have been missed had he not been blocked on the starting line. But Maher would get back on a positive streak courtesy of a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Head coach Mike McCarthy made him a 43-yard effort later in the fourth quarter to cut the 49ers’ lead to four, and he hit it, much to the delight of everyone on the Cowboys sidelines. as well as fans watching.

As has been the case since Purdy became the starter, 49ers tight end George Kittle helped create space in center field for easy pitches. He also has a flair for the dramatic, as Purdy fired a seam ball that Kittle stopped with one hand, juggled a bit, and finally went down with the reception to help set up McCaffrey’s touchdown.

Kittle was the team’s leading receiver with five catches for 95 yards, while Deebo Samuel had four receptions for 45 yards.

Brett Maher #19 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up before a game against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.

Brett Maher #19 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up before a game against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi’s Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.
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And even though McCaffrey had the touchdown, Elijah Mitchell was the leading rusher with 51 yards on 14 carries as Dallas focused on stopping them in that part of the offense.

For Dallas, CeeDee Lamb led the way with 10 catches and 117 yards. Schultz was closest with only 27 yards on five receptions.

The Cowboys also lost Tony Pollard, a catalyst in the running and passing game, to an ankle injury early in this one. As a result, Dallas only had 76 rushing yards as a team.

Christian McCaffrey #23 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.

Christian McCaffrey #23 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi’s Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.
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Once again, Dallas’ strong regular season ends without reaching the NFC Championship Game, as the 49ers will try to beat Jalen Hurts and the Eagles to advance to the Super Bowl in Arizona.

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