Cowboys K Brett Maher's struggles continue as 1st extra point is blocked vs. 49ers

Brett Maher's first kick on Sunday was blocked, and it might not have been good even if it wasn't.

Maher's first extra point attempt against the San Francisco 49ers, which had as much attention as any first-half extra point in recent memory, was blocked. Fox analyst Greg Olsen pointed out that the kick, which was a bit low, seemed to be heading wide left anyway. Maher's struggles didn't go away after last week's miserable performance.

Maher had a rough wild-card playoff game. He became the first player, regular season or playoffs, to miss four extra points in a game. The Cowboys didn't replace Maher as their primary kicker, and publicly supported him all week.

Maher looked shaky in pregame warmups, with the 49ers trying to disrupt his rout, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also spoke to him on the field. That's unusual, but Maher's whole week has been odd after his meltdown. Maher didn't get a chance to kick in the first quarter, and the Cowboys went for it in field-goal range on fourth-and-one in the second quarter. Later in that drive, the Cowboys scored a touchdown and Maher came on for the extra point.

With all eyes watching, Maher's kick never got to the uprights. Samson Ebukam of the 49ers reached up and blocked it. Perhaps that saved some grief from it missing wide left.

For another week, the Cowboys scored and only got six points out of it because the kicking game couldn't pick up the extra point. It was not a great situation for Dallas with two and a half quarters to go.

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