49ers, Cowboys, and the renewal of one of the biggest postseason rivalries

The one between San Francisco and Dallas is the second most played rivalry in the playoffs in the Super Bowl era.

SANTA CLARA – Kyle shanahan was a teenager who watched from the bench as the rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers reached its climax with three consecutive duels for the title of the National Conference.

Now, Shanahan has the main role in the return of one of the great rivalries of the NFL, as coach of the 49ers and not as the son of the offensive coordinator, Mike shanahan. San Francisco will visit Dallas Sunday at the duel of Wild Card Round.

“I think it’s great, because that was a good part of my childhood,” he acknowledged. Shanahan. “I was in 7th, 8th, 9th grade in 1992, ’93, ’94, every year. I thought we were the best team in the league. “

The history of the 49ers Y Cowboys in the postseason is very rich, since the consecutive duels for the title of National Conference in the 1970s, until the iconic “The Catch” in the 1981 season and the tough rivalry of the 1990s, when the Cowboys They took the first two matches on their way to the titles of Super bowl and the Niners they took the third.

It will be the eighth time the franchises have met in the playoffs and the first since 1998. Thus, they are tied for the second most games in the era of Super bowl, only behind nine between Los Angeles Rams Y Cowboys.


The teams met in the first three years following the merger of the leagues and the Cowboys defeated the Niners in the title match of Conference in 1970 and ’71. They got another win the following year to earn the nickname of: “America’s Team”.


The Niners declined after that three-season streak, but got their revenge with a late-game comeback and started their own dynasty in the league championship matchup. National in 1981.

“The beginning of the dynasty,” acknowledged the former president of the 49ers, Carmen Policy.


While the dynasty of the Niners began with that triumph, the meeting marked the beginning of the end for Dallas with the coach Tom landry. The Cowboys bottomed out with a one-win season, the first of Jimmy johnson in 1989 before climbing back.

The Cowboys they reached the end of the NFC in 1992 in San Francisco before Niners that they had Steve Young Y Jerry Rice. Your young quarterback Troy aikman led them to victory.