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Published: Oct. 20, 2017 at 12:24 p.m.

Rivalry recap: Cowboys vs. 49ers

On Sunday, the Cowboys and the 49ers face off for the 36th edition of their storied rivalry. Take a look at a historical briefing between the two franchises.

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  • Between the two organizations, the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys have produced 31 Hall of Famers. Among the 15 49ers immortalized in Canton include Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Ronnie Lott. On the Cowboys' end includes Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin. 7

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    Star-studded affair

    Between the two organizations, the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys have produced 31 Hall of Famers. Among the 15 49ers immortalized in Canton include Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Ronnie Lott. On the Cowboys' end includes Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin.

  • Including postseason matches, the all-time series between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers is tied at 17-17-1. The 49ers lead the regular-season series with 15-12-1, while the Cowboys have dominated the 49ers in the postseason with a record of 5-2. 6

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    All tied up

    Including postseason matches, the all-time series between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers is tied at 17-17-1. The 49ers lead the regular-season series with 15-12-1, while the Cowboys have dominated the 49ers in the postseason with a record of 5-2.

  • Several notable players have played for both franchises during their careers. These include Deion Sanders (1994 with SF, 1995-1999 with DAL), Charles Haley (1986-1991 with SF, 1992-1996 with DAL), Terrell Owens (1996-2003 with SF, 2006-2009 with DAL), and Ken Norton (1988-1993 with DAL, 1994-2000 with SF). 5

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    Double agents

    Several notable players have played for both franchises during their careers. These include Deion Sanders (1994 with SF, 1995-1999 with DAL), Charles Haley (1986-1991 with SF, 1992-1996 with DAL), Terrell Owens (1996-2003 with SF, 2006-2009 with DAL), and Ken Norton (1988-1993 with DAL, 1994-2000 with SF).

  • San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark (87) spikes the football after making "The Catch" with 51 seconds left during an NFL 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys at Candlestick Park on January 10, 1982. The 49ers defeated the Cowboys 28-27. 4

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    The Catch

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark (87) spikes the football after making "The Catch" with 51 seconds left during an NFL 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys at Candlestick Park on January 10, 1982. The 49ers defeated the Cowboys 28-27.

  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice (80) catches a 28-yard touchdown pass behind Dallas Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown (24) during an NFL 1994 NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 15, 1995.  The 49ers defeated the Cowboys 38-28 and would go on to win Super Bowl XXIX, the first 49ers Super Bowl since the 80's. 3

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    Path to victory

    San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice (80) catches a 28-yard touchdown pass behind Dallas Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown (24) during an NFL 1994 NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 15, 1995. The 49ers defeated the Cowboys 38-28 and would go on to win Super Bowl XXIX, the first 49ers Super Bowl since the 80's.

  • In this Sept. 24, 2000, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Terrell Owens celebrates his second quarater touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys from the center of the field in Irving, Texas. Celebrations that used to be part of the game are under increased scrutiny and, though the league rulebook has some very specific examples of what constitutes a penalty, the gray area is as wide as ever. 2

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    Owen-ing the star

    In this Sept. 24, 2000, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Terrell Owens celebrates his second quarater touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys from the center of the field in Irving, Texas. Celebrations that used to be part of the game are under increased scrutiny and, though the league rulebook has some very specific examples of what constitutes a penalty, the gray area is as wide as ever.

  • Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) during the NFL regular season game on Sunday Sept. 18, 2011 in San Francisco, Calif. Romo suffered a fractured rib and a punctured lung in the Week 2, 27-24 overtime win against the 49ers. 1

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    Heavy damage

    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) during the NFL regular season game on Sunday Sept. 18, 2011 in San Francisco, Calif. Romo suffered a fractured rib and a punctured lung in the Week 2, 27-24 overtime win against the 49ers.

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