Ranking the 5 most important games on 49ers' 2024 schedule

From prime time, to renewing rivalries, to playoff implications, these are the five most important games for the 49ers in 2024.
NFC Championship - Detroit Lions v San Francisco 49ers
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No. 3 Dallas Cowboys vs 49ers in Week 8

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Week 8 cannot come soon enough.

Sunday Night Football at Levi's Stadium

America’s team vs the budding dynasty.

Dak Prescott versus the 49ers defense.

Two organizations haven't won the big game since the 1990s, yet the hatred between them is just as hot as ever. The past three meetings have gone the 49ers' way, including the infamous 2023 NFC Divisional game where Dallas Cowboys running back Zeke Elliott played center on the game's last play.

Another important head-to-head matchup in the NFC. Both teams will be lurking at the top of their divisions, as well as spying on the number-one seed. A win for the 49ers will go a long way in determining if they finish first or not.