On Sunday, Warner said the 49ers’ defense played to its potential.
“For probably the most part it felt like us, man,” Warner said. “Obviously we all know that we got to play big-time football within the playoffs to have a probability to win this next game.”
For the 49ers, it was the primary game by which the rookie quarterback Brock Purdy, the last pick within the 2022 draft, looked flustered. The Cowboys’ pass rush consistently pressured Purdy, who was sacked twice. He missed several throws, including a number of that ought to have been intercepted had they not been dropped. Purdy said after the sport that his play annoyed him.
“There’s times in the sport where it’s like, man, I would like to be higher. I would like to capitalize on third downs, and finish once we get within the red zone,” said Purdy, who finished with 214 passing yards and no touchdowns. “But at the identical time, man, it’s the N.F.L. It’s hard to do on your personal. And so, for me, it’s like, man, I got to do my part.”
However the team’s star-studded supporting solid and Coach Kyle Shanahan’s play-calling did simply enough against a Cowboys defense that made the 49ers struggle to achieve yards in ways they hadn’t on their 10-game winning streak to shut the regular season. Running back Christian McCaffrey scored the 49ers’ only touchdown within the third quarter, while the remainder of the scoring got here from 4 field goals from Gould.
The 49ers will make their second straight appearance in an N.F.C. championship game and their third within the last 4 seasons after they face the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday.
Jerry Jones, the Cowboys’ owner and general manager, told reporters after the sport that he thought the team had a bonus in the sport at quarterback, but Prescott’s struggles took it away.
“With Dak at quarterback I assumed we had a probability to get to and compete at the highest level on this tournament,” Jones said. “I actually did. That was our edge here tonight — I assumed.”
The loss added to a lengthy list of painful playoff disappointments for Dallas, which has just five postseason victories since last winning the Super Bowl within the 1995 season. The Cowboys have zero conference championship appearances since then.