The 49ers beat the Cowboys 19-12 to advance to the NFC title game

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Christian McCaffrey scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter and the San Francisco defense did the rest, sending the 49ers to their second consecutive NFC title game with a 19-12 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

The 49ers (15-4) used long back-to-back drives in the second half to beat the Cowboys (13-6) to win their 12th straight game. San Francisco advanced to the Eagles in this Sunday’s NFC title game in Philadelphia after losing to the Rams in that round a year ago.

The Cowboys lost in the Divisional Round for the seventh straight time and failed to advance 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 playoffs when his attempt was blocked. He then scored two field goals.

The Cowboys had a chance as they took over on their own 18th with 2:59 left, trailing 19-12 after Robbie Gould’s fourth field goal of the game climaxed nearly eight minutes into the game.

But Prescott threw two consecutive misses and was sacked in third place. Coach Mike McCarthy chose to punt fourth and tenth with the three timeouts remaining.

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