49ers vs. Cowboys: All-time record, playoff matchups and history
49ers vs. Cowboys history: Present day
After a 27-year hiatus, the Niners and Cowboys finally met again in the 2021 postseason. The two teams met at AT&T Stadium in Arlington for a high-profile Wild Card matchup in which San Francisco hoped to close the gap, having won only two postseason games against Dallas entering the contest while suffering five defeats.
The 49ers headed into the fourth quarter with a 23-7 lead, but the Cowboys began clawing back. After a field goal from kicker Greg Zuerlein and a rushing touchdown from quarterback Dak Prescott, their lead was down to 23-17 with 8:02 left in the game.
After a few back-and-forth possessions, the Cowboys got the ball back with 32 seconds left and no timeouts. After picking up some small chunk plays, Prescott decided to scramble and picked up 17 yards to make it to the Niners’ 24-yard line.
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Unfortunately for him, time ran out, and they did not have the opportunity to run another play. San Francisco would hang on and win 23-17.
In Sunday’s upcoming Divisional Round matchup between the two teams, Dallas will be looking for revenge from last season. But the 49ers will be looking to show that they can sustain their success and defeat top-tier NFC teams.
The Niners arguably have upgraded their roster more significantly than the Cowboys since their last meeting.
The additions of dual-threat running back Christian McCaffrey and lockdown cornerback Charvarius Ward along with the emergence of rookie QB Brock Purdy have elevated the 49ers from a fringe Wild Card team to a conference powerhouse.