Studs, duds from 49ers divisional NFL playoff win vs. Cowboys

Fred Warner #54 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Fred Warner #54 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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In a rivalry that never fails to impress, the divisional playoff round on Sunday against the Cowboys was no exception. Here are the game’s studs and duds.

The rivalry between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys is not only old, but it gets increasingly better with age.

It’s provided excitement over the years with plays such as “The Catch” in the 1982 NFC Championship game. The Terrell Owens show of “disrespect” to the coveted Dallas Star. And the 1995 NFC Championship Game that sent Steve Young to his first Super Bowl when he officially got the proverbial “monkey” off of his back.

If those moments weren’t impressive enough, the two franchises have combined for 10 Lombardi Trophies and 15 Super Bowl appearances.

Throughout the years, this matchup never fails to provide energy and excitement, and this year was no exception as the Niners held onto a 19-12 victory in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, and head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad will now advance to the NFC Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

In a game that should’ve featured big gains from the likes of running backs Ezekiel Elliot and Christian McCaffrey, both of whom were complete non-factors.

Instead, as expected, it came down to the play of both quarterbacks.

Here are the studs, and duds for the 49ers’ divisional-round matchup versus the Cowboys.