No need to go over the playoff history between these two franchises other than to say it has been all or nothing. win a bunch, lose a bunch. The 49ers are 2-5 in those playoff matchups, but one of course was the Catch, and the other was the culmination of the 2 previous losses in the 1992 and 1993 NFC Championship games.
I loved loved loved the 1994 game mainly because I went with my neighbor who had a friend at Fox Sports and got us 40 yard line seats in the pullouts about 30 rows up. Perfect. Plus I had a bota bag (remember those) full of Stoli, so we spent the game buying orange juice. 3 minutes in and we were up 21-0.
Got dicey near the end, and there was a blatant PI on ED that wasn’t called and Barry (hold my gun) Switzer got a 15 yard penalty for screaming at the refs, but the Niners prevailed 38-28. Good times.
Sunday? We need to keep up with the smashmouth football. Dallas has a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, especially rookie DE Micah Parsons. Unreal speed and strength for a hybrid LB/DE. 13 sacks is nothing to sneeze at.
That being said, the Dallas defense is strictly middle of the road. They don’t stop the run very well, they don;t stop the pass very well, but they do create a lot of turnovers. 34 takeaways, and +14 in take/giveaway is also tops in the league. Because of this they give up yards but not a lot of points. 7th in the league there.
So natch, the imperative here is to play a clean game. This is the scary part of the deal. Jimmy has 12 picks and 8 fumbles in 14.5 games. Worrisome as hell to me. Jimmy needs to be good Jimmy for the entire game for this to turn in our favor. Dallas has 20 giveaways themselves, so they can be sloppy as well.
With our defense getting just about everyone back, I like our chances. This game will be won in the trenches, and if we can come out at smash these guys at the line and establish our run game, the Cowboys will wilt under the onslaught.
I think a clean game gives us the win. Going with the same score as last week – 30-21 Niners.
Got to love Gary Plummer. One of many San Diego Chargers defensive players we stole and kicked ass with.