Brett Maher goes 14-of-18 in pregame, gets a chat from some 49ers and Jerry Jones

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Brett Maher is the lone kicker on the Cowboys’ active roster today, so they ride or die with him after his struggles over the past two weeks.

According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Maher made 14 of 18 attempts in pregame warmups, with kicker misses coming from 53 (right), 58 (left), 39 (right), and 54 yards (short). Archer reports a swirling wind blowing into the stadium.

An argument broke out between the teams as Maher went over his pregame work. In an obvious game play, some 49ers players trying to get into Maher’s head, didn’t want to get out of the way while Maher tried to punt. That sparked a “testy” back and forth with Cowboys special teams coordinator John Fassel, injured long snapper Jake McQuaid and punter/holder Bryan Anger, according to Archer.

Video shows 49ers kicker Robbie Gould tries to defuse the situation.

Owner Jerry Jones gave Maher an unusual – if not unprecedented – pep talk on the field.

Maher is under as much pressure as any other player in today’s game in Santa Clara.

He missed his only kick – a PAT – in Washington in Week 18 and followed that by setting an NFL record with four missed extra points in the wild card game in Tampa. Maher made his last effort against the Bucs.

Maher went 50-of-53 on extra points in the regular season, with two of those blocks.

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