49ers–Cowboys rivalry

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San Francisco 49ers-Dallas Cowboys
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San Francisco 49ers
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Dallas Cowboys
First meetingNovember 20, 1960
49ers 26, Cowboys 14
Latest meetingOctober 22, 2017
Cowboys 40, 49ers 10
Next meetingTBD
Statistics
Meetings total36
All-time seriesDallas leads 18-17-1
Postseason resultsDallas Cowboys lead 5–2
Most recent
January 15, 1995
Dallas Cowboys 28, San Francisco 49ers 38
Largest victorySan Francisco 49ers 14, Dallas Cowboys 59 (1980)
Current win streakDallas Cowboys, 2 win (2017)
Championship success during tenure of rivalry
Super Bowl titles (10)

NFC Championships (14)

Super Bowl appearances (14)

The 49ers–Cowboys rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys lead the series 18-17-1. It is one of the great inter-division rivalry games in the NFL. The two teams do not play every year; instead, they play once every three years due to the NFL's rotating division schedules, or if the two teams finish in the same place in their respective divisions, they would play the ensuing season. Sports Illustrated ranked it as the eighth best rivalry[1] while the NFL Top 10 ranked this rivalry to be the tenth best in the NFL. The rivalry was also the subject of two 2015 episodes of NFL Network's The Timeline series.

History[edit]

The rivalry between the Cowboys and 49ers has been going on since the 1970s, including seven postseason games. The Cowboys defeated the 49ers in the 1970 and 1971 NFC Championship games, and again in the 1972 Divisional Playoff Game. The 1981 NFC Championship Game in San Francisco, which saw the 49ers' Joe Montana complete a game-winning pass to Dwight Clark in the final minute (now known as The Catch) is one of the most famous games in NFL history. The rivalry became even more intense during the 1992–1994 seasons. San Francisco and Dallas faced each other in the NFC Championship Game three consecutive times. Dallas won the first two match-ups, and San Francisco won the third. In each of these pivotal match-ups, the game's victor went on to win the Super Bowl. Both the Cowboys and the 49ers are third all time in Super Bowl victories to the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots with five each.

The Catch[edit]

The Catch refers to the winning touchdown reception by Dwight Clark from a Joe Montana pass in the January 10, 1982, NFC Championship Game between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. The Catch is widely regarded as one of the most memorable events in NFL history.

Game results[edit]

Date Score Winner Competition Location Series
November 20, 1960 26-14 49ers Regular Season Dallas SF 1-0
November 10, 1963 31-24 49ers Regular Season San Francisco SF 2-0
November 7, 1965 39-31 Cowboys Regular Season Dallas SF 2-1
December 16, 1967 24-16 49ers Regular Season San Francisco SF 3-1
November 27, 1969 24-24 Tie Regular Season Dallas SF 3-1-1
January 3, 1971 17-10 Cowboys NFC Championship Game San Francisco SF 3-2-1
January 2, 1972 14-3 Cowboys NFC Championship Game Dallas Tied 3-3-1
November 23, 1972 31-10 49ers Regular Season Dallas SF 4-3-1
December 23, 1972 30-28 Cowboys NFC Playoffs - Divisional San Francisco Tied 4-4-1
November 10, 1974 20-14 Cowboys Regular Season Dallas Dallas 5-4-1
December 12, 1977 42-35 Cowboys Regular Season San Francisco Dallas 6-4-1
September 9, 1979 21-13 Cowboys Regular Season San Francisco Dallas 7-4-1
October 12, 1980 59-14 Cowboys Regular Season Dallas Dallas 8-4-1
October 11, 1981 45-14 49ers Regular Season San Francisco Dallas 8-5-1
January 10, 1982 28-27 49ers NFC Championship Game San Francisco Dallas 8-6-1
December 19, 1983 42-17 49ers Regular Season (WK 16) San Francisco Dallas 8-7-1
December 22, 1985 31-16 49ers Regular Season San Francisco Tied 8-8-1
October 13, 1989 31-14 49ers Regular Season Dallas SF 9-8-1
November 11, 1990 24-6 49ers Regular Season Dallas SF 10-8-1
January 23, 1993 30-20 Cowboys NFC Championship Game San Francisco SF 10-9-1
October 17, 1993 26-17 Cowboys Regular Season Dallas Tied 10-10-1
January 16, 1994 38-21 Cowboys NFC Championship Game Dallas Dallas 11-10-1
November 13, 1994 21-14 49ers Regular Season San Francisco Tied 11-11-1
January 15, 1995 38-28 49ers NFC Championship Game San Francisco SF 12-11-1
November 12, 1995 38-20 49ers Regular Season Dallas SF 13-11-1
November 10, 1996 20-17 (OT) Cowboys Regular Season San Francisco SF 13-12-1
November 2, 1997 17-10 49ers Regular Season San Francisco SF 14-12-1
September 24, 2000 41-24 49ers Regular Season Dallas SF 15-12-1
December 30, 2001 27-21 Cowboys Regular Season Dallas SF 15-13-1
December 8, 2002 31-27 49ers Regular Season Dallas SF 16-13-1
September 25, 2005 34-31 Cowboys Regular Season San Francisco SF 16-14-1
November 23, 2008 35-22 Cowboys Regular Season Dallas SF 16-15-1
September 18, 2011 27-24 (OT) Cowboys Regular Season San Francisco Tied 16-16-1
September 7, 2014 28-17 49ers Regular Season Dallas SF 17-16-1
October 2, 2016 24-17 Cowboys Regular Season San Francisco Tied 17-17-1
October 22, 2017 40-10 Cowboys Regular Season San Francisco Dallas 18-17-1