The First-year Niner Head Coach Jim Harbaugh was part of the rivalry games after playing for 15 years as a quarterback with 5 NFL teams. This made him appreciate the rivalry of top teams even though the Niners and Cowboys used to dominate the league in 1990's when Harbaugh was a player. Harbaugh also agrees that when 49ers and Cowboy meet head-to-head, they stir up a lot of emotions or rekindle back the memories. Without wasting your time, the 49ers and Cowboys are preparing to go head-to-head for the 33rd time on Sunday at the state-of-art Candlestick stadium. While you check the latest released 49ers odds, NinersDigest takes you through the most memorable games that stirred emotions when the two teams met.
1. 1982: 49ers 28 - Cowboys 27
This was a classic moment that will go down in history as one of the most significant and memorable games in NFL history. It marked a new era for the Niners and a remarkable shift in NFL power that would signify the beginning of San Francisco dynasty. The Dallas won the 1978 Super Bowl and lost in the following season, and that made Cowboys to be a hardened team during playoff and according to 49ers odds, they were still the favorites for many observers in this NFC title game despite being on the 49ers' home field. The Dallas took an early lead of 27-21 in the fourth quarter and maintained this lead while the Niners took possession of the game on their own 11-yard line with around 4:54 to play.
Soon the Niners went into the Dallas territory at the 2-minute warning, and later moved further to 10-yard line that help them to set up seminal play in Niners history. The quarterback Joe Montana scrambled to his right to keep off the frenzied Dallas pass rush, where he seemed to throw the ball away before launching a pass off from his back foot heading towards the end zone. But it was Dwight Clark the 6-foot-4 who went into sky and pulled it down to make the historic winning touchdown. The win gave the Niners the match needed ticket to Super Bowl game which they comfortably won with 26-21 against their rivals Cincinnati. The Niners were the favorites to win the title in that 49ers odds.
2. 1971: Cowboys 17 - 49ers 10
It was a game that will be remembered as the first Niners' trip toward the NFC Championship that ended in a defeat in favor of the Dallas who displayed quality defense skills to end the finest season of the San Francisco history. The Dallas took control of the game with Duane Thomas rushing for the 143 yards that helped to build a 17-3 lead. Despite John Brodie passing the 262 yards, to reduce the Cowboys lead to 17-10, the Niners were unable to get closer to the scoreless fourth quarter. This was the first of the three consecutive losses in their playoffs with the Cowboys which was a 3 year span of heartbreaking defeats.
3. 1995: 49ers 38 - Cowboys 28
After bagging four Super Bowl titles in 1980s, the Niners met the resurgent Cowboys who blocked their way to similar success that they enjoyed in the early 1990s. The Dallas has managed to whip the 49ers during the previous 2 NFC Championship games, but somehow the Niners were still able to inject them a dose of payback here during their third consecutive conference title game between the two rivals. During this match, San Francisco took advantage of the early lead by 21-0 before extending it to 31-14 at the halftime. Cowboys tried to make a comeback in the second half, but Steve Young made a 3-yard run during the third quarter to demolish the two-time SuperBowl Champions.
4. 1972: Cowboys 30 - 49ers 28
This was definitely a shocker and heartbreaker for the maverick 49ers since they were a few minutes away from clearing the Cowboys playoff hurdle. The Niners had led by 28-13 when entering the fourth quarter and later 28-16 on the final two minutes. But this all changed when Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach came from the bench and connected with Billy Parker to give a 20-yard scoring pass within remaining 1:30 which gave the Cowboys the new energy to go for onside kick. After 3 plays, Staubach was at it again in the end zone that sent the Niners to their most bitter end in team's history.
5. 1993: Cowboys 30 - 49ers 20
After missing several playoffs in 1991 when they appeared in 3 NFC Championship games and eventually winning two Super Bowls, the Niners were now ready to get back their mantle of power. This was after they dominate the 14-2 regular season, however the new obstacle came on their way in a similar form of the old nemesis. It was the reborn Cowboys, with new stars like running back Emmitt Smith and quarterback Troy Aikman that pulled a shocker during the second half of the game in a match the Niners were favored to win at home. This rekindle their old rivalry that saw the two teams meet again in three consecutive year in the NFC title games.
49ers vs Cowboys
1981 NFC Championship Game
I guess 2 of your most historic achievements with the 49ers means nothing. The Catch 2 & your 20 catch game vs the Bears. You didn’t do shit with the Eagles, Cowboys, Bills & the Bengals after you left. Seems that you want to be known as the HOF who did nothing after the 9ers