Why the renewed Niners-Cowboy rivalry won’t match its heyday

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers-Cowboys rivalry is the NFL, pure and distilled.

When folks who don’t follow the NFL think of a game — this is the matchup that comes to mind.

It looks right. It feels right. And Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, arguably the league’s two premier franchises will face off in the playoffs for a ninth time in their storied histories.

It’s red versus blue, silver versus gold. It’s California versus Texas, big tech versus big oil. It’s mountains versus prairies, academics versus showmanship. It’s two teams looking for that sixth Lombardi Trophy.

This rivalry gave us Roger the Dodger, The Catch, Joe Cool, and “How Bout Them Cowboys?” The 49ers and Cowboys’ showdowns defined the league in the 1970s and then again in the 1990s.

And now that they’re set to meet in back-to-back postseasons, it’s been suggested that these two teams could define the 2020s, too.

FILE -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, right, pats San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young on the head after Young and the 49ers beat the Cowboys 17-10 in San Francisco, in this Nov. 2, 1997 photo. Aikman and Young have similar Hall of Fame credentials. Soon, they might have something else in common: retirement. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)
(AP Photo/Sam Morris) 

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