San Francisco 49ers are chasing NFC championship history 

San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana was a key part of the 49ers' 1993 run to the NFC championship. - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana was a key part of the 49ers' 1993 run to the NFC championship.

The 49ers are 5-7 all-time in NFC championship games. Here’s a breakdown:

Jan. 11, 1998 at Candlestick Park
Green Bay Packers 23, 49ers 10

Highlights: The last NFC title game played in The City certainly wasn’t one to remember. Brett Favre and the Packers were too much to overcome. The difference in the contest came in the running game. Green Bay ran for 106 yards, while the Niners managed just 33 yards on 18 carries.

Jan. 15, 1995 at Candlestick Park
49ers 38, Dallas Cowboys 28

Highlights: After two straight NFC title game losses to the Cowboys, the 49ers finally got their revenge. San Francisco capitalized on five Dallas turnovers to jump out to a big lead and held on. Steve Young threw two touchdowns and ran for another as the team reached its fifth Super Bowl in franchise history.

Jan. 23, 1994 at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
Dallas Cowboys 38, 49ers 21

Highlights: The 49ers were never in this one from the start. The Dallas offense scored at will to take a 28-7 halftime lead and never looked back. Much like the season prior, Emmitt Smith was a force rushing and receiving the ball, totaling 173 yards and two touchdowns.

Jan. 17, 1993 at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
Dallas Cowboys 30, 49ers 20

Highlights: In a game in which both offenses had things clicking, the Niners just made too many mistakes. Both the Niners and Cowboys totaled more than 400 yards, but four San Francisco turnovers proved to be the difference. Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith had 173 total yards and two touchdowns.

Jan. 20, 1991 at Candlestick Park
New York Giants 15, 49ers 13

Highlights: The only other meeting between the Giants and 49ers in an NFC Championship Game was one to forget for Niners fans. Clinging to a lead, Roger Craig fumbled late in the fourth quarter with the Niners trying to ice it and the Giants went on to win. Joe Montana was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter.

Jan. 14, 1990 at Candlestick Park
49ers 30, Los Angeles Rams 3

Highlights: In one of their most complete playoff performances in franchise history, the Niners routed the rival Rams to head back to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season. Roger Craig had 134 total yards and a TD run, while the San Francisco defense picked off Jim Everett three times.

Jan. 8, 1989 at Soldier Field, Chicago
49ers 28, Chicago Bears 3

Highlights: It was too much Jerry Rice in this one for the Bears as the Niners pounded Chicago at frigid Soldier Field. Rice caught five passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns to spark the rout. Much like in 1985, the Niners defense locked down the Bears.

Jan. 6, 1985 at Candlestick Park
49ers 23, Chicago Bears 0

Highlights: A dominant defensive effort by the 49ers set up their second trip to the Super Bowl. Chicago managed just 186 total yards in the game. Wendell Tyler scored on 9-yard run and Freddie Solomon caught a 10-yard pass to account for the Niners’ touchdowns.

Jan. 8, 1984 at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Washington Redskins 24, 49ers 21

Highlights: After falling behind 21-0, the 49ers furiously rallied with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to tie it up at 21-21 late. But the Redskins had one more drive in them, and Mark Moseley booted the eventual game-winner from 25 yards out. Joe Montana finished 27-of-48 for 347 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.

Jan. 10, 1982 at Candlestick Park
49ers 28, Dallas Cowboys 27

Highlights: Joe Montana hit Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard scoring pass to give the 49ers the historic victory over the Cowboys. “The Catch” started the 49ers’ dominant run through the 1980s and early ’90s. The Niners were able to overcome six turnovers in the game.

Jan. 2, 1972 at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
Dallas Cowboys 14, 49ers 3

Highlights: Offense was at a premium in this one and the Cowboys had just enough of it to prevail. John Brodie struggled mightily, throwing three interceptions. Cowboys QB Roger Staubach was just 9-of-18 passing, but it was enough.

Jan. 3, 1971 at Kezar Stadium
Dallas Cowboys 17, 49ers 10

Highlights: The Cowboys ran wild on the Niners, piling up 229 yards rushing en route to the victory. San Francisco had no answer for Duane Thomas, who racked up 143 yards on 27 carries and scored a touchdown. The 49ers’ lone score came on a John Brodie TD pass to Dick Witcher in the third quarter.


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