San Francisco 49ers

49ers rewind: NFC Championship Games

COWBOYS 17, 49ERS 10

Jan. 3, 1971

Fresh off a 17-14 upset win at Minnesota, the 49ers and NFL MVP John Brodie returned to Kezar Stadium for the final time and ran headlong into the Doomsday Defense. Brodie was intercepted twice, both leading to touchdowns.


Jan. 2, 1972

Dallas intercepted Brodie three times, the visiting 49ers managed just Bruce Gossett’s field goal that pulled them to within 7-3, and Cowboys running back Duane Thomas scored the sealing touchdown on a short run. The 49ers wouldn’t return to the playoffs for 10 years.

49ERS 28, COWBOYS 27

Jan. 10, 1982

This victory was the beginning of a dynasty for the 49ers. Joe Montana’s 6-yard pass into the back of the end zone that only Dwight Clark could pull in capped a 13-play, 89-yard drive. Eric Wright had a game-saving tackle a moment later, and Lawrence Pillers forced a fumble by Danny White that Jim Stuckey recovered to ice it.


Jan. 8, 1984

Behind Montana’s 347 passing yards and three fourth-quarter touchdown passes, the 49ers overcame a 21-0 deficit to tie the score. But two controversial penalties against the 49ers late in the game set up a 25-yard, game-winning field goal by Washington’s Mark Moseley with 40 seconds left.

49ERS 23, BEARS 0

Jan. 6, 1985

Fueled by the previous season’s disappointment in Washington, the 49ers rolled to a franchise-best 15-1 record. They sacked Steve Fuller nine times and held Chicago to 186 yards. The 49ers routed Miami 38-16 to win Super Bowl XIX at Stanford Stadium.

49ERS 28, BEARS 3

Jan. 8, 1989

With a wind-chill factor of minus-26 degrees at Soldier Field, Montana passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Jerry Rice in the first half, and the Bears had just 176 yards. The 49ers beat Cincinnati 20-16 to win Super Bowl XXIII.

49ERS 30, RAMS 3

Jan. 14, 1990

The 49ers pieced together perhaps their most dominant playoff run, whipping the Vikings 41-13, then the Rams at Candlestick Park before walloping the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV 55-10. Montana completed 26 of 30 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns in the NFC title game.

GIANTS 15, 49ERS 13

Jan. 20, 1991

San Francisco’s quest for a Super Bowl three-peat was thwarted by New York, a team the 49ers beat 7-3 earlier in the season. Montana was nearly cut in half by Leonard Marshall on a hit, ending his reign as the 49ers’ starting quarterback, and Roger Craig fumbled to set up Matt Bahr’s game-winning field goal.

COWBOYS 30, 49ERS 20

Jan. 17, 1993

A 14-2 record and home-field advantage had the 49ers thinking Super Bowl again, but they were stopped by Dallas, featuring Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. Aikman passed for 322 yards, Smith ran for 114 and Irvin had 86 receiving yards.

COWBOYS 38, 49ERS 21

Jan. 23, 1994

Dallas backed up coach Jimmy Johnson’s midweek boast that the Cowboys would stick the 49ers with another playoff loss. In a Texas Stadium elevator following the loss, 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. said, “Never again.” During the offseason, the 49ers signed 10 high-profile free agents, including Deion Sanders.

49ERS 38, COWBOYS 28

Jan. 15, 1995

Quarterback Steve Young accounted for three touchdowns and the 49ers bounced the two-time defending Super Bowl champions out of the playoffs. The 49ers beat the Chargers 49-26 to win Super Bowl XXIX.

PACKERS 23, 49ERS 10

Jan. 11, 1998

Under first-year coach Steve Mariucci, the 49ers went 13-3 and beat Minnesota 38-22 in a divisional game. But against the Packers, the 49ers had no offensive touchdowns and just 33 rushing yards.

GIANTS 20, 49ERS 17 (OT)

Jan. 22, 2012

The Giants went 9-7 and backed into the playoffs, then high-stepped their way to the Super Bowl by beating the 49ers for the second time in an NFC title game. San Francisco rookie Kyle Williams fumbled a punt return that led to Lawrence Tynes’ 31-yard field goal in overtime.

49ERS 28, FALCONS 24

Jan. 20, 2013

The 49ers rallied from a 17-0, second-quarter deficit and fended off a last-gasp effort by the top-seeded Falcons to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1994 season. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman broke up a fourth-down pass in the final seconds, deep in 49ers territory, to seal the outcome.

– Bee Sports staff

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