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 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.
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 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.
|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|
The 2014 NFL season was the 95th season in the history of the National Football League (NFL). The season began on Thursday, September 4, 2014, with the annual kickoff game featuring the defending Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers, which resulted with the Seahawks winning, 36-16. The season concluded with Super Bowl XLIX, the league's championship game, on Sunday, February 1, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, with the New England Patriots defeating the Seattle Seahawks, 28–24.Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team based in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Cowboys compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) East division. The team is headquartered in Frisco, Texas, and plays its home games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which opened for the 2009 season. The stadium took its current name prior to the 2013 season. The Cowboys joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960. The team's national following might best be represented by its NFL record of consecutive sell-outs. The Cowboys' streak of 190 consecutive sold-out regular and post-season games (home and away) began in 2002. The franchise has made it to the Super Bowl eight times, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos for second most Super Bowl appearances in history, just behind the New England Patriots record eleven Super Bowl appearances. This has also corresponded to eight NFC championships, most in the NFC. The Cowboys have won five of those Super Bowl appearances, tying them with their NFC rivals, the San Francisco 49ers; both are second to Pittsburgh's and New England’s record six Super Bowl championships. The Cowboys are the only NFL team to record 20 straight winning seasons (1966–85), in which they missed the playoffs only twice (1974 and 1984).
In 2015, the Dallas Cowboys became the first sports team to be valued at $4 billion, making it the most valuable sports team in the world, according to Forbes. The Cowboys also generated $620 million in revenue in 2014, a record for a U.S. sports team. In 2018 they also became the first NFL franchise to be valued at $5 billion and making Forbes' list as the most valued NFL team for the 12th straight year.The Cowboys are one of the most successful franchises regarding win-loss record in NFL history, but after their Super Bowl XXX championship, they have an all-time win-loss record of 0–7 in road playoff games, 0–6 in the divisional round, and 4–10 in the playoffs overall.San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team located in the San Francisco Bay Area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The team currently plays its home games at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, located 45 miles (72 km) southeast of San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley. Since 1988, the 49ers have been headquartered in Santa Clara.
The team was founded in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and joined the NFL in 1949 when the leagues merged. The 49ers were the first major league professional sports franchise based in San Francisco. The name "49ers" comes from the prospectors who arrived in Northern California in the 1849 Gold Rush. The team is legally and corporately registered as the San Francisco Forty Niners. The team began play at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco before moving across town to Candlestick Park in 1970 and then to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara in 2014.
The 49ers won five Super Bowl championships between 1981 and 1994, led by Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young, and coach Bill Walsh. They have been division champions 19 times between 1970 and 2019, making them one of the most successful teams in NFL history. The 49ers have been in the league playoffs 50 times: 49 times in the NFL and one time in the AAFC.
The team has set numerous notable NFL records, including most consecutive road games won (18), most consecutive seasons leading league scoring (1992–95), most consecutive games scored (1979–2004), most field goals in a season (44), fewest turn-overs in a season (10), and most touchdowns in a Super Bowl. According to Forbes Magazine, the team is the 4th most-valuable team in the NFL, valued at $3 billion in July 2016. In 2016, the 49ers were ranked the 10th most valuable sports team in the world, behind basketball's Los Angeles Lakers and above soccer's Bayern Munich.The Timeline
The Timeline is a documentary series developed by NFL Films and airs on NFL Network that documents select events of the National Football League.
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All-America Football Conference (1946–1949)
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