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 meeting November 20, 1960
San Francisco 49ers 26, Dallas Cowboys 14
Latest meeting September 7, 2014
San Francisco 49ers 28, Dallas Cowboys 17
Next meeting 2016
Statistics
Meetings total 34
All-time series San Francisco 49ers 17–16–1
Postseason results

Dallas Cowboys lead 5–2

Most recent
January 15, 1995
Dallas Cowboys 28, San Francisco 49ers 38
Largest victory San Francisco 49ers 14, Dallas Cowboys 59 (1980)
Current win streak San Francisco 49ers, 1 win (2014)
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 San Francisco 49ers lead the series 17-16-1. 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 bitter 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 second all time in Super Bowl victories to the Pittsburgh Steelers with five each.

The Catch[edit]

The Catch refers to the winning touchdown reception by Dwight Clark off 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
November 20, 1960 26-14 49ers Regular Season Dallas
November 10, 1963 31-24 49ers Regular Season San Francisco
November 7, 1965 39-31 Cowboys Regular Season Dallas
December 16, 1967 24-16 49ers Regular Season San Francisco
November 27, 1969 24-24 Tie Regular Season Dallas
January 3, 1971 17-10 Cowboys NFC Championship Game San Francisco
January 2, 1972 14-3 Cowboys NFC Championship Game Dallas
November 23, 1972 31-10 49ers Regular Season Dallas
December 23, 1972 30-28 Cowboys NFC Playoffs - Divisional San Francisco
November 10, 1974 20-14 Cowboys Regular Season Dallas
December 12, 1977 42-35 Cowboys Regular Season San Francisco
September 9, 1979 21-13 Cowboys Regular Season San Francisco
October 12, 1980 59-14 Cowboys Regular Season Dallas
October 11, 1981 45-14 49ers Regular Season San Francisco
January 10, 1982 28-27 49ers NFC Championship Game San Francisco
December 19, 1983 42-17 49ers Regular Season (WK 16) San Francisco
December 22, 1985 31-16 49ers Regular Season San Francisco
October 13, 1989 31-14 49ers Regular Season Dallas
November 11, 1990 24-6 49ers Regular Season Dallas
January 17, 1993 30-20 Cowboys NFC Championship Game San Francisco
January 23, 1994 38-21 Cowboys NFC Championship Game Dallas
November 13, 1994 21-14 49ers Regular Season San Francisco
January 15, 1995 38-28 49ers NFC Championship Game San Francisco

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