As expected, the Dallas Cowboys easily covered the spread when they defeated Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31-14) in a playoff game that carried more hype than substance.
The Dallas Cowboys killed two birds with one stone by winning its first road playoff game in 30 years and beating Brady, who had a stellar 7-0 record against the Cowboys. Another demon was exorcised when Dak Prescott passed for 305 yards, four touchdowns, rushed for another, and had zero picks.
And now the Cowboys must face another demon in the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the playoffs. The 49ers are a much bigger demon than the Bucs and probably any other NFC opponent at the moment. That’s okay because the Cowboys have a long playoff history with this familiar foe…
The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have a storied past and historically, the winner comes out as a Super Bowl champion.
This coming Sunday evening, the Dallas Cowboys and 49ers will meet for the ninth time in the playoffs. It is the second most times two proud franchises have faced off in the playoffs. Matter of fact, their playoff rivalry has had more defining moments than any other opponents in NFL history. And it’s not even close.
From their legendary head coaches (Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson, and Bill Walsh) to their Hall of Fame quarterbacks (Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, and Steve Young), each and every game has always been climatic to the very end. Hollywood would be jealous of how these epic games have ended.
In fact, the winner between these two teams has gone on to win the Super Bowl five times. Currently, Dallas holds a 5-3 record against the 49ers, who ended Dallas’ Super Bowl aspirations last season in the saddest way possible. Time expiring before a Dak could take the snap summarizes this rivalry very well.
That has been the history between these behemoth franchises. And this Sunday’s game has all of the earmarks for another historic game. Let us take a small trip down memory lane, some of the memories are enjoyable and others are just painful.