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We listed the 5 best moments in Cowboys-49ers playoff history

In NFL history, the Cowboys and 49ers have played each other in the playoffs eight times, including multiple NFC Championship bouts in the 1990s.

DALLAS — The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers will take on each other in the NFC Divisional Round on Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif.

The winner of the matchup will face the winner of the Giants-Eagles game for the NFC Championship.

Dallas enters the game as four-point underdogs, as they take on a familiar playoff foe. Sunday's game will mark the ninth time Dallas has played against San Francisco in the playoffs, tied for the most against any other NFL team (Rams). 

The battles between these two NFL bluebloods has produced some of the league's most-memorable moments:

Here's a look at how the other Cowboys-49ers playoff games have turned out in NFL history.

'The Catch' | 49ers win 1981 NFC Championship 

Joe Montana found Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone for "The Catch," which gave the 49ers a 28-27 lead with 58 seconds left in the game. 

It's widely-regarded as one of the NFL's most-iconic moments and greatest plays of all-time.

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FILE - San Francisco 49ers' Keith Fahnhorst (71) and Joe Montana, rear, signal a touchdown as teammate Johnny Davis scores against the Dallas Cowboys during the NFC title game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Jan. 10, 1982. The 49ers-Cowboys playoff history is a rich one from back-to-back conference title games in the early 1970s, the iconic “Catch” in the 1981 season and then the heated rivalry in the 1990s. (AP Photo/File)

1992 mud game | 'How 'bout them Cowboys?!'

After beating the 49ers in the 1992 NFC Championship game, the legendary line from former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson was born. 

"How 'bout them Cowboys?!" Johnson shouted in the locker room with a beaming smile and towel in-hand. 

The phrase has been used by the fanbase ever since. Dallas went on to win its first Super Bowl under Johnson and Jerry Jones, defeating the Buffalo Bills. Johnson became the first coach to claim a national championship in college football and a Super Bowl victory in professional football.

Cowboys run out of time after Dak Prescott slide

Much like "The Catch," this is a moment most Cowboys fans have probably purged from their minds. But, unfortunately, it happened. 

Just last season, we saw one of the most odd endings to a football game. With 40 seconds remaining and faced with 4th-and-inches, San Francisco successfully got the first down, but were called for a false start, which led to a punt.

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense had 32 seconds to drive 80 yards, trailing 23-17. Dallas pulled out a hook-and-ladder for 20 yards and got out of bounds to stop the clock. A swing pass to Tony Pollard got another 10 yards to midfield and stopped the clock once again. Prescott found tight end Dalton Schultz for another quick nine yards out of bounds (to stop the clock again to the 40-yard line. 

Could the Cowboys do it? Dallas had no timeouts remaining to use.

On 2nd-and-1 with 14 seconds left, and the 49ers defense bracketing the sidelines – leaving the middle of the field wide open – Dallas called a quarterback draw for Prescott. He ran up the middle for 15 yards to the 25-yard line and slid.

Without any timeouts, the time ticked down to :00 before Dallas could spike the ball to stop the clock. San Francisco won 23-17.

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FILE -Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, center left rear, with help in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. The 49ers-Cowboys playoff history is a rich one from back-to-back conference title games in the early 1970s, the iconic “Catch” in the 1981 season and then the heated rivalry in the 1990s when the Cowboys won the first two meetings on the way to Super Bowl titles and then the Niners took the third game. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

1994 NFC Championship: 49ers shoot out to 21-0 lead, defeat two-time defending Super Bowl champ Cowboys

Dallas was looking to become the first team in NFL history to win three consecutive Super Bowls. Those dreams all came to a halt in the 1994 NFC Championship against the 49ers.

San Francisco got an early 21-0 lead. Dallas cut the deficit to 24-14 at one point, but ultimately lost 38-28. 

Steve Young would led the 49ers to a Super Bowl win over the Chargers that season. Young threw six touchdowns in that Super Bowl, which is a record that still stands today.

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Dallas Cowboys' Emmitt Smith, (22), and Cowboy offensive tackle Derek Kennard (60), right, console each other, during the final moments against the San Francisco 49ers', Sunday, Jan. 15, 1995 in San Francisco. The 49ers' won the NFC Championship 38-28. (AP Photo/ Paul Sakuma)

1970 NFC Championship: Birth of a rivalry

The 1970 NFC Championship game was the first-ever playoff matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco quarterback John Brodie threw for 160 more yards than Dallas Cowboys quarterback Craig Morton, but Brodie's two interceptions were game-changing plays. 

Dallas won 17-10, and it was Morton's final playoff win in a Cowboys uniform. Dallas lost Super Bowl V to the Baltimore Colts, and Roger Staubach would take over at quarterback in the 1971 season.

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FILE - San Francisco 49ers quarterback John Brodie looks to pass as Dallas Cowboys' Cornell Green (34) defends during the NFC championship game in San Francisco, Jan. 3, 1971. In the first meeting at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, Dallas used 143 yards rushing and a TD from Duane Thomas and two interceptions of John Brodie to win 17-10. (AP Photo/File)

Dallas and San Francisco will kick off Sunday at 5:30 p.m. CT. at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Cowboys are four-point underdogs. The Cowboys are also holding an official watch party outside of AT&T Stadium.

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