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NFL: The last duel of the San Francisco 49ers against the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs – showdown of the Hall of Fame legends

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NFL: The last duel of the San Francisco 49ers against the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs - showdown of the Hall of Fame legends

© gettyThe Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers will meet in the Wildcard Round on Sunday. It will be the first duel between the great rivals of yore in the playoffs since the 1994 NFC Championship Game.© gettyBack then, the Niners won 38-28. It was the last playoff game to date between the two teams, which had repeatedly fought big duels, especially in the 80s. Just think of “The Catch” in the 1981 Championship Game.© gettyBoth franchises have won the Lombardi Trophy five times each. While the Niners dominated the 80s with 4 titles, it was the Cowboys in the 90s with 3. Accordingly, on January 15, 1995, 9 later Hall-of-Famers were on the field – SPOX looks back.© gettyDALLAS COWBOYS Offense – Quarterback – TROY AIKMAN: The leader of the “Triplets” was the first pick in the 1989 draft and led Dallas to 3 Super Bowl wins overall. He later went into the Hall of Fame and joined Joe Buck as a TV pundit at FOX. © gettyRunning Back – EMMITT SMITH: The 17th pick in 1990 was arguably the offense’s biggest star. The Hall of Famer played in Dallas until 2002 and then in Arizona for two more years. Still holds the records for rushing yards (18,355) and rushing touchdowns (164).© gettyFullback – DARYL JOHNSTON: Moose played his entire 11-year career in Dallas and reached two Pro Bowls. He later made a career as a television pundit at FOX, where he is now on the No. 2 team with Kevin Burkhardt and Pam Oliver. © gettyWide Receiver – ALVIN HARPER: Was a Cowboys first-round pick in 1991 and won two Super Bowls. Played for Tampa Bay and Washington from 1995. In 2001 he made a detour to the XFL with the Memphis Maniax. Later coached.© gettyWide Receiver – MICHAEL IRVIN: The Triplets’ first “brother” as he was the 11th pick in the 1988 draft and was the team’s star receiver. This Hall of Famer also won 3 Super Bowls and played in Dallas until ’99. Now a TV pundit for the NFL Network.© gettyTight End – JAY NOVACEK: Joined the Cowboys in 1990 from the Cardinals. Was always a safe receiver and blocker and ended his career after his third Super Bowl triumph in 1995. He was voted to the Pro Bowl twice.© gettyLeft Guard – NATE NEWTON: “The Kitchen” was also undrafted but played in Dallas from 1986-1998 and was a seed starting in his sophomore season. He ended his career in Carolina in 1999. Six Pro Bowls and two All-Pros. © gettyCenter – MARK STEPNOSKI: The five-time Pro Bowler played in the NFL from 1989 to 2001 and had a stint with the Titans before ending his career in Dallas. Won 2 Super Bowls and is a Hall of Famer in the All 1990s team. © gettyRight Guard – DEREK KENNARD: Played in Dallas 1994-1996. He was previously active with the Cardinals and Saints since 1986. Won Super Bowl XXX.© gettyRight Tackle – LARRY ALLEN: The Hall of Famer was a second-round pick in 1994 and stayed in Dallas until 2005, after which he played for the Niners for 2 more years. Made 11 Pro Bowl appearances and was an All-Pro six times. Member of the All-Decade Teams in 1990 and 2000. © gettySAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – Defense – Defensive End – DENNIS BROWN: Came to the Bay Area as a second-round pick in 1990 and the team won Super Bowl XXIX following said game against Dallas. Retired in 1996.© gettyDefensive tackle – BRYANT YOUNG: Won the Super Bowl in his rookie season in 1994 and played for the Niners through 2007. A member of the All 1999s team and a four-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro.© gettyDefensive Tackle – DANA STUBBLEFIELD: The 1993 first-round pick was defensive rookie of the year with 10.5 sacks and the 1997 defensive player of the year with 15 sacks. Active until 2003 and a total of 7 years with the Niners.© gettyDefensive End – RICKEY JACKSON: Spent most of his Hall of Famer career (13 years) with the Saints, then joined the Niners in 1994 and won his only Super Bowl. Retired in 1995. He was in the Pro Bowl six times. © gettyLinebacker – LEE WOODALL: Also a rookie (6th round) Super Bowl winner. Played for the Niners until 1999 and returned a 98-yard fumble for a touchdown in 1995. Played for Carolina and Denver in 2007 and 2008© gettyLinebacker – GARY PLUMMER: After 8 years in San Diego, he joined the Niners in 1994 and won the Super Bowl straight away. Played there until 1997. Afterwards active as a radio commentator for a long time. © gettyLinebacker – KEN NORTON Jr.: After 6 years in Dallas changed sides in 1994 and immediately won his third Super Bowl. Played until 2000 and is now active as a coach. Seahawks defensive coordinator since 2018. © gettyCornerback – ERIC DAVIS: Opened the game with a pick six. Played 6 years for the Niners until 1995, then another 7 years in Carolina, Denver and Detroit. Today working as a broadcaster.© gettyCornerback – DEION SANDERS: One of the brightest figures of the 90s, won 2 Super Bowls, six times All-Pro, Hall-of-Famer. 94 was his only year with the Niners, followed by 5 in Dallas. Later TV pundit and Jackson State head coach since 2020. © gettySafety – TIM MCDONALD: Played for the Niners from 1988 to 1999 and was in the Pro Bowl six times. Still working as a defensive backs coach after his career, first at Fresno State, then in the NFL with the Jets and Bills. © gettySafety – MERTON HANKS: From 1991 to 1998 with the Niners, 1999 still with the Seahawks. He was in the Pro Bowl four times and was selected as an All-Pro once. Later an official in the NFL and since 2020 Senior Associate Commissioner of the Pac-12. © getty49ERS – Offense – Quarterback – STEVE YOUNG: The successor to Joe Montana made a Super Bowl record with 6 TDs against the Chargers two weeks after said game . Two-time MVP and Hall of Famer, now ESPN TV pundit.© gettyRunning Back – RICKY WATTERS: Played for the Niners 1992-1994, then played for the Eagles and Seahawks until 2001. Voted to the Pro Bowl five times.© gettyFullback – WILLIAM FLOYD: Was the 49ers’ first-round pick in 1994 and played there until 1997, then played in Carolina for three more years. Scored 6 touchdowns as a rookie.© gettyWide Receiver – JOHN TAYLOR: Played for the Niners from 1987-1995 and won 3 Super Bowls overall. He was a two-pro bowler and part of the Hall of Fame’s All 1980s team.© gettyWide Receiver – JERRY RICE: Greatest receiver of all time, won 3 Super Bowls and holds records for receiving yards (22,895) and touchdowns (207). Played in San Francisco from 1985 to 2000 and then played in the Super Bowl with Oakland.© gettyTight End – BRENT JONES: Played for the Niners from 1987 to 1997 and won 3 Super Bowls. Made four Pro Bowl appearances.© gettyLeft Tackle – STEVE WALLACE: With the Niners from 1986 to 1996, then with the Chiefs for a year. Won 3 Super Bowls and was left tackle for the team almost consistently with a stint at RT in 1990.© gettyLeft Guard – JESSE SAPOLU: The four-time Super Bowl winner played for the Niners from 1983-1997 and was an 11th-round pick for the team at the time.© gettyCenter – BART OATES: Played for the Giants from 1985 to 1993 and only came to the Bay Area in 1994 for 2 years. Won a total of 3 Super Bowls. © gettyRight Guard – DERRICK DEESE: Won the Super Bowl straight away as an undrafted rookie and stayed with the Niners until 2003. He retired from the Buccaneers in 2004.© gettyRight Tackle – HARRIS BARTON: A first-round pick in 1987, he won 3 Super Bowls and was an All-Pro twice. He played in the NFL until 1996 and exclusively for San Francisco.© gettyCOWBOYS – Defense – Defensive End – TONY TOLBERT: Active for the Cowboys from 1989 to 1997, he won three Super Bowls and was selected once to the Pro Bowl.© gettyDefensive Tackle – RUSSELL MARYLAND: The 1991 first-round pick won three Super Bowls and, after winning the third title, departed for Oakland in 1996 before retiring in Green Bay in 2000.© gettyDefensive Tackle – LEON LETT: 1991-2000 in Dallas, won 3 Super Bowl. His fumble against Buffalo just before the end zone in Super Bowl XXVII will never be forgotten because he celebrated before the end zone and was caught. The Cowboys still won© gettyDefensive End – CHARLES HALEY: Played for the Niners from 1986 to 1999, then Cowboys, then Niners again. Has long been the answer to the quiz question which player won the most Super Bowls (5). Hall of Famers!© gettyLinebacker – DIXON EDWARDS: Played with the Cowboys from 1991 to 1995 and won 3 Super Bowls. Then another 3 years in Minnesota. © gettyLinebacker – ROBERT JONES: First round pick in 1992, three-time Super Bowl winner, but only active in Dallas until 1995. After that he played for the Rams, Dolphins and 2001 Washington. © gettyLinebacker – DARRIN SMITH: The ’93 second-round pick stayed in Dallas until 1996 and won 2 Super Bowls. He then played for the Eagles, Seahawks and Saints until 2004. © gettyCornerback – KEVIN SMITH: Another first-round pick in 1992! He played his entire career in Dallas until 1999 and accordingly won 3 Super Bowls. © gettyCornerback – LARRY BROWN: Also a three-time Super Bowl winner with the Cowboys. He was the 320th pick (12th round) in the 1991 draft and played in the NFL until 1998, including 6 years in Dallas and 2 in between in Oakland. © gettySafety – DARREN WOODSON: Second round pick in 1992 and three-time Super Bowl winner and All- Per. Woodson played at Dallas until 2003 and was a stalwart of that defense. © gettySafety – JAMES WASHINGTON: Played for the Cowboys from 1990-1994 and won 2 Super Bowls. Before that, he was active for the LA Rams for 2 years and ended his career in Washington in 1995.© gettyCOACHES – 49ERS – GEORGE SEIFERT: Succeeded the legendary Bill Walsh in 1989 and ultimately won 2 Super Bowls as head coach. Left the team in 1996 and continued coaching the Panthers from 1999 to 2001. Now retired.© gettyCOWBOYS – BARRY SWITZER: Took over the Cowboys after 2 Super Bowl wins from Jimmy Johnson and coached the team for 4 years. He won Super Bowl XXX. One of only three coaches with Super Bowl and college championships (alongside Carroll and Johnson).



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