Upcoming 49ers vs. Cowboys Playoff Contest Already in History Books

Ken Norton Jr.

Getty Former 49ers linebacker Ken Norton Jr. (middle) celebrates a defensive play during the 49ers' November 13, 1994 home win over the Dallas Cowboys.

By now, NFL fans know all about the legacy, tradition and lineage of players and moments collected from both the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.

Both teams have provided plenty of theatrical and memorable moments — from “The Catch,” to the Cowboys beginning their 1990s dynasty by beating the 49ers twice in the NFC title game, to the 49ers exacting revenge in the ’94 conference championship game and even Terrell Owens celebrating on the “star” during one regular season meeting.

Fans of both sides have had nostalgia in anticipation of the franchise’s NFC wildcard playoff meeting set for Sunday, January 16, at AT&T Stadium, as a new chapter of their historic series gets written soon.

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However, this game has already made NFL history according to ESPN 49ers reporter Nick Wagoner.


Latest Milestone in 49ers/Cowboys Series

If you look at the Vince Lombardi Trophy count on both sides, the 49ers and Cowboys have each won the same amount of Super Bowls at five.

But never before in the 102 seasons the NFL has existed has there ever been a meeting like this as Wagoner described it on Monday, January 10: The 49ers and Cowboys will be the first NFL playoff meeting between five-time world champions.

That’s right. Not even the six-time Super Bowl winners the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have met in a playoff game with that many titles in tow. Their last postseason meeting took place on January 23, 2005 when the Steelers stood at four Super Bowl victories while the Patriots held two in their possession.

And as noted by Wagoner, Sunday’s pairing in the Lonestar State will be the first time the 49ers and Cowboys have met since that ‘94 title game — which was the last time Dallas advanced that far in the NFC playoffs.


Anticipation Already Building for Latest Installment of 49ers/Cowboys

Dallas is currently a 3.5 favorite heading into this wildcard showdown. But how energized are fans of both teams and the media now that the NFL has announced its playoff schedule?

For some, there’s been some trips down memory lane.

Jon Machota, who covers the Cowboys for The Athletic, tweeted out this fashion-theme post that involved jackets that were popularized by both teams.

One Cowboys fan responded to Machota by saying he still is a proud owner of a 90s Cowboys jacket.

Meanwhile, ninersfans.com writer Ryan Sakamoto took his trip back to the 90s when both franchises dominated the league.

Matthew J. Lenix of Cowboys Wire on USA Today was another feeling the 90s vibes.

Al Sacco of 49ers Webzone called the game “a dream matchup.”

Even legendary 49ers safety Ronnie Lott, who was on the ‘Niner sidelines when he witnessed his teammate Dwight Clark leap to the sky to send his team to the Super Bowl, sent out this tweet once he learned of the wildcard pairings.

As for one current Cowboy, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn shared his energy about being a part of the latest installment of 49ers versus Cowboys via Dallas Morning News writer Michael Gehlken.

“I’m damn fired up. Are you kidding me? Excited for classic Cowboys-49ers postseason matchup,” Quinn said, even mentioning two legendary broadcasters in heaven likely going to have the best seat in the house, saying “I can hear (John) Madden and (Pat) Summerall talking it through.”

Machota then shared this blast from the past: The last NFC championship game ever broadcasted on CBS:

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