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49ers outduel Cowboys, advance to NFC Championship Game as win streak stays alive

It wasn’t the offensive onslaught the San Francisco 49ers displayed final week at Levi’s Stadium, however they nonetheless bought the job executed, defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 19-12, to advance to the NFC Championship Game for the second yr in a row. 

Thanks to 2 scoring drives that lasted a mixed 14 minutes, Brock Purdy and the offense was in a position to kill clock get sufficient factors on the board to drive Dak Prescott and the Cowboys to attain a landing in the event that they wished to at the least drive time beyond regulation. 

Prescott, although, was compelled right into a three-and-out, because the league’s greatest protection in the course of the common season as soon as once more proved why they’re so harmful. 

Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.

Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a cross towards the Dallas Cowboys in the course of the first half within the NFC Divisional Playoff sport at Levi’s Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.
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He would get one other likelihood with no timeouts left after the 49ers burned extra clock, however it was all for naught as San Francisco celebrated their victory. 

Purdy has executed effectively to maintain this win streak alive for the 49ers, which now strikes to 12 straight video games. But he should proceed shifting the offense in his first street playoff sport towards the Philadelphia Eagles subsequent Sunday. 

Purdy completed the sport with 214 yards on 19-of-29 by way of the air, whereas being sacked twice. 

49ERS’ GEORGE KITTLE MAKES INCREDIBLE CATCH TO HELP SET UP GO-AHEAD TOUCHDOWN

Prescott hoped his 5 touchdowns towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers final week would give him some momentum towards the Niners, however that wasn’t the case. Instead, he threw extra interceptions than touchdowns, turning it over twice within the first half. 

Prescott completed 23-of-37 for 206 yards with one landing and two interceptions whereas speeding for 22 yards on 4 carries. 

Dalton Schultz #86 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.

Dalton Schultz #86 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a landing towards the San Francisco 49ers in the course of the second quarter within the NFC Divisional Playoff sport at Levi’s Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.
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It took the 49ers till the fourth quarter to lastly get their first landing of the evening, as Christian McCaffrey capped a 10-play drive with a two-yard run to take a 16-9 lead over the Cowboys. 

49ers placekicker Robbie Gould was the one one placing factors on the board, together with a 50-yarder to finish the primary half with a 9-6 lead, previous to that lengthy San Fran drive. 

Dallas scored the primary landing of the sport because of tight finish Dalton Schultz catching a brief Prescott cross and waltzing into the tip zone within the second quarter. However, beleaguered kicker Brett Maher had his further level try blocked, which comes one week after lacking 4 of his 5 makes an attempt in Tampa Bay towards the Buccaneers. 

COWBOYS’ BRETT MAHER HAS EXTRA-POINT ATTEMPT BLOCKED AS WOES CONTINUE; TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT LEADS THE REACTIONS

Maher’s kick regarded like it could’ve missed if it wasn’t blocked on the line to start with. But Maher would get again on a constructive swing because of a 25-yard subject purpose within the third quarter. 

Head coach Mike McCarthy would give him a 43-yard attempt later within the fourth quarter to chop the 49ers’ result in 4, and he hit it, a lot to the delight of all these on the Cowboys’ sideline in addition to followers watching.

As has been the case since Purdy grew to become the starter, 49ers tight finish George Kittle has helped create area in the course of the sector for simple throws. He additionally has a aptitude for the dramatic, as Purdy fired a bullet up the seam that Kittle stopped with one hand, juggled a bit, and finally got here down with the reception to assist arrange McCaffrey’s landing. 

Kittle was the staff’s main receiver with 5 catches for 95 yards, whereas Deebo Samuel had 4 receptions for 45 yards. 

Brett Maher #19 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up prior to a game against the San Francisco 49ers in 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 previous to a sport towards the San Francisco 49ers within the NFC Divisional Playoff sport at Levi’s Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.
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And although McCaffrey had the landing run, Elijah Mitchell was the main rusher with 51 yards on 14 carries, as Dallas targeted on stopping them in that space of the offense. 

For Dallas, CeeDee Lamb led the best way with 10 catches and 117 yards. Schultz was the closest to him with solely 27 yards on 5 receptions. 

The Cowboys additionally misplaced Tony Pollard, a catalyst in each the run sport and cross sport, early on this one resulting from an ankle harm. As a outcome, Dallas had simply 76 speeding yards as a staff. 

Christian McCaffrey #23 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter in 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 towards the Dallas Cowboys in the course of the first quarter within the NFC Divisional Playoff sport at Levi’s Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.
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Once once more, Dallas’ strong common season involves a detailed with out reaching the NFC Championship Game, whereas the 49ers will look to take down Jalen Hurts and the Eagles to advance to the Super Bowl in Arizona.

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