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Cowboys vs 49ers Wild Card Game: History, Key Players, Screening


San Francisco 49ers


dallas Cowboys


Sunday January 16

4:30 p.m. ET

Now the real fun begins! It doesn’t matter what happened in the regular season and whether it was good or bad. It’s all out the window now. The Dallas Cowboys are in the dance. Welcome to the playoffs, baby! Buckle your belt on this one. It’s a little longer than normal, but it’s the playoffs. I’ll tell you right now: I’m throwing the kitchen sink in there to get you ready for Sunday in every way imaginable.

Finishing 12-5 was good enough to win the NFC East, secure a first-round home playoff, and climb to the No. 3 seed in the NFC with a little help. It all culminates with the hosting of the San Francisco 49ers, another historic franchise, in town this Sunday during Super Wild Card Weekend.

Cowboys. 49ers. NFL playoffs. It doesn’t get much more awesome than that. It’s a fun game. AT&T Stadium will be a “whiteout” with the fans. Let’s dive into our match story, some players who can become post-season legends, and talk about visceral projection. I’m excited for this one and very much looking forward to discussing it with you all in the comments!

Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys

Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by James Smith/Getty Images)

Cowboys vs. 49ers Game History

All-time record: 19-17-1 (5-2 in the playoffs), both in favor of the Cowboys

Most recent result: Dallas Cowboys 41, San Francisco 49ers 33 on December 20, 2020

I don’t think you can get much more history in a playoff game than this one brings. These two teams have met in seven postseason games. Look back to the 1970s and these teams saw each other three years in a row in the playoffs from 1970 to 1972.

Fast forward to the 1980s and we have Joe Montana’s infamous pass to Dwight Clark for “The Catch” for one of the most memorable highlights in NFL history.

Or look at the 1990s and those two teams were top dogs. The Cowboys and 49ers met in three consecutive NFC Championship games from 1992 to 1994. The Cowboys won the first two with the 49ers snatching Game 3. This decade cemented each of these teams as dynasties.

Fast forward over 20 years and we come to today. The rivalry stalled for some time due to each team’s inconsistency in making the playoffs as they did before. This freeze ends this Sunday with the teams drawing in the Wild Card game.

With the history, aura and everything that comes with this game, the stage is set for someone to cement a place in Cowboys-49ers lore with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Someone is going to have a chance to make NFL history.

Although these teams met last year, this game is radically different. Last year, the Andy Dalton-led Cowboys beat the Nick Mullens-led 49ers. Now we have Dak Prescott and Jimmy Garoppolo in command of the attacks. Last year, both teams exited the game at 5-9 apiece. This year, the teams are 12-5 and 10-7 respectively.

This playoff game ticks all the boxes. He has a story. He has star power. He has a tradition. He has famous quarterbacks. It’s gonna be fun.