1994 NFC Championship

  • By Jim Trotter Special to
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Deion Sanders' ability and swagger gave the 49ers the edge they needed against the talented Cowboys.

49ers 38, Cowboys 28
San Francisco -- Jan. 15, 1995 -- By this point, the Cowboys vs. 49ers rivalry had attained Ali-Frazier status.

This marked the third consecutive year the teams were facing off in the conference final, and the pressure was clearly on San Francisco, which had dropped the previous two meetings. The 49ers sought to overtake the two-time defending Super Bowl champs by signing a number of free agents, notable among them cornerback Deion Sanders, whose playmaking and swagger were sorely needed. The 49ers capitalized on three first-quarter takeaways, turning each one into a touchdown while building a 31-14 halftime lead.

Two weeks later, the 49ers routed San Diego in Super Bowl XXIX for their fifth title.

Previous game: 1992 NFC Championship

Next game: 1998 NFC Championship



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