Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher is probably lucky his team earned 18 points at halftime.

Maher missed three extra points after each of Dallas’ three touchdowns in the first half. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first kicker in NFL history to accomplish the feat in a playoff game.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Akiem Hicks (96) attempts to tackle Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) during the first half of an NFL wild card game, Monday, January 16. 2023, in Tampa, Florida.
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The latter in the second quarter got an angry reaction from quarterback Dak Prescott on the bench and even Peyton Manning, who was watching on the «ManningCast,» was dumbstruck.

Maher came into the game with decent stats.

He was 50-of-53 on extra points during the regular season and 29-of-32 on field goals. He lost an extra point against the Washington Commanders last week. The last time he made an extra point against the Tennessee Titans was in their December 29 game against the Tennessee Titans.

Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher (19) looks on during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on October 16, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA.

Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher (19) looks on during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on October 16, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA.
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Prescott and the Cowboys were on a roll. He was 15 of 20 passing for 189 yards and two touchdown passes. He also had 20 rushing yards with a rushing touchdown in the first half.

The Dallas defense held Tom Brady to 11 of 23 passes in the first half for 96 yards.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) warms up before an NFL Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Tampa, Florida.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) warms up before an NFL Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Tampa, Florida.
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The Cowboys took an 18-0 lead in the locker room. The last time Brady was shut out in the first half of a playoff game was during the 2001-02 playoffs against the Oakland Raiders. Brady ended up winning that game, which later became known as the «Tuck Rule Game.»

Maher missed his fourth extra point early in the second half.

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