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

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

The 49ers (15-4) used straight long-range assists in the second half to wear down the Cowboys (13-6) and win their 12th straight game. San Francisco took the lead to play the Eagles in the NFC title game next Sunday in Philadelphia after losing this round to the Rams a year ago.

The Cowboys lost a record seventh consecutive time in the divisional round and have failed to advance to the NFC title game since winning their fifth Super Bowl title since the 1995 season.

Duck Prescott threw two interceptions and Brett Maher missed his fifth extra point of the postseason when his try was blocked. He later scored two field goals.

The Cowboys had a chance when they took the upper hand at 18 with 2:59 left, trailing 19-12 after Robbie Gould’s fourth field goal ended in almost eight minutes of play.

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