San Francisco’s victory over Dallas was their 12th straight this season, the 49ers booked their third NFC Conference Championship appearance in four years, and eliminated the Cowboys from the playoffs for the second year in a row; Watch Sunday Championship Live on Sky Sports NFL
Christian McCaffrey ran for a touchdown as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 19-12 in an extremely exciting divisional round clash, securing their third NFC championship appearance in four years.
George Kittle also had five catches for 95 yards, including an incredible circus one-handed slam tackle that helped set McCaffrey’s game-tying score as San Francisco won a stunning 12th straight game this season.
Dak Prescott was 23 of 37 passes for 206 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the first half for the Cowboys, who were eliminated from the playoffs by the 49ers for the second year in a row.
Prescott tied for the regular season lead with 15 steals, although his first-half selection proved not to be as costly as it might have been, with the 49ers unable to find a end zone and only going 9–6 at halftime.
Of greater concern to Dallas was an injury to running back Tony Pollard, who was taken off the field and did not return due to a severe ankle sprain late in the first half.
The Dallas head had previously led 6-3 on Prescott’s four-yard shot to tight end Dalton Schultz with nine and a half minutes left in the second quarter. In a follow-up attempt for an extra point, San Francisco’s Samson Ebukam blocked a shot from Brett Maher with a left hand, his fifth miss this postseason.
However, Maher hit it off with two second-half field goals, one of which equalized in the third quarter after Ray-Ray McCloud failed to return a punt and Dallas took a superior field position deep inside the Sun’s half. Francisco.
The 49ers regained the lead again in the very first game of the fourth quarter thanks to McCaffrey’s two-yard TD rushing to complete a 10-game 91-yard drive.
Maher’s second shot from 43 yards put the Cowboys four clear of the hosts, but another extended 49ers throw, this time culminating in Gould’s fourth field goal, restored their one-point lead with three minutes left and Dallas failed. threaten to find a scoring zone in the final exchanges.