SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers Dallas Cowboys, two of the N.F.L.’s most popular franchises, had one of the league’s premier rivalries throughout the 1980 and ’90s.

The Cowboys Three Super Bowls won in four years. 49ers In the 1980s, four teams won titles. Often, one team’s biggest obstacle to winning a championship was the other.

This week’s meetings 49ers Mike Shanahan worked as Coach Kyle Shanahan on the coaching team. 49ers’ coaching staff from 1992 to 1994, said he showed the team film from some of the most memorable games in the rivalry. “Just so everyone has an idea of what Dallas and the Niners mean to people,” He said.

Sunday’s divisional-round playoff game featured dominant defenses, and the 49ers He won the game, 19-12.

First, the Cowboys’ second possession of the game, as Prescott tried to find Michael Gallup for a pass that was picked off by Deommodore Lenoir. The 49ers’ Robbie Gould connected on a 26-yard field goal to put San Francisco ahead, 3-0.

Dallas took revenge with a long scoring drive that culminated with Prescott’s 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dalton Schultz. For the remainder of the game, the miscues kept going. Cowboys’ kicker, Brett Maher.

Maher set an N.F.L. Record in the Cowboys’ win over the Buccaneers in the wild-card round by You missed four additional points. Typically, that many missed kicks would mean the end of a kicker’s tenure with a team. Despite adding another kicker to the roster ahead of Sunday’s game, the Cowboys Maher, who was only 3 points behind in regular season scoring, was kept on the field.

As Maher prepared to kick the extra point after Dallas’s first touchdown of the game, Cowboys The fans stopped swinging their white and blue towels and just held their collective breath. It was unsuccessful. by 49ers Samson Ebukam is the defensive end. The block kept them at bay. Cowboys’ lead within a field goal at 6-3.

Maher made his next two field goal attempts but they weren’t enough to keep Dallas apace in a game where points were hard to come by.

The seasons will be marked by the Cowboys You were encouraged by Prescott was an excellent defense player and would have to put up with any version of him on the field. As he did against the Buccaneers when he passed for 305 yards, he was able to slash defenses. He also threw four touchdowns. Prescott may also appear confused or make bad decisions. For example, he had 128 yards passing, one touchdown, and one interception during the Commanders’ regular-season finale.

The Sunday edition of the Cowboys Prescott was made in the second version. The strong. Cowboys The defense was held 49ers Each turnover is followed by a field goal.

The following are the 49ersThis was the first match in which Brock Purdy, quarterback in the 2022 draft had looked flustered. This is the Cowboys’ pass rush consistently pressured Purdy, who was sacked twice. He made several mistakes, and even missed throws that would have been better intercepted if they hadn’t been dropped.

But the team’s star-studded supporting cast and Shanahan’s play-calling did just enough against a Cowboys defense that gave rise to the 49ers struggle to gain yards in ways they hadn’t on their 10-game winning streak to close the regular season.

The 49ers They will be making their second consecutive appearance at an N.F.C. They will be facing the Philadelphia Eagles, who are the highest-seeded team in the N.F.C. championship. This is their second consecutive appearance.