No. 4: 1992 NFC Championship Game versus the Dallas Cowboys
The Giants might have pulled off a great victory in 2012. But the Dallas Cowboys’ win over the 49ers in the 1992 NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park burns a little more.
Why? Well, it ended one dynasty and began another. And San Francisco was no longer the NFL’s top dog.
The only point at which the Niners led was in the first quarter, thanks to a 1-yard scramble by quarterback Steve Young. And then Dallas took over, with quarterback Troy Aikman and running back Emmitt Smith doing the lion’s share of work.
In the fourth quarter, the 49ers found themselves trailing 24-13. But the Niners looked like their vintage selves, driving 93 yards and capping it off with a 5-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Jerry Rice at the 4:22 mark.
All that was needed was a defensive stop and another touchdown. Easy, right?
Well, it didn’t happen.
Cowboys wideout Kelvin Martin scored three plays later, putting Dallas up 30-20 and ending the Niners dynasty of the 1980s.
Worse yet, this was the game in which then-Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson infamously said, “How ’bout them Cowboys!” when the game was over.
No 49ers fan ever likes hearing that.