Five things to watch for as 49ers battle rival Cowboys


Can the San Francisco 49ers get back on track and finish the 2020 season strong? That's the plan for Kyle Shanahan and Co. as the team heads to the "Lone Star State" to take on Andy Dalton and the Dallas Cowboys. As the 49ers aim to ruin the 4-9 Cowboys chances of keeping their playoff hopes alive, here are five things to watch for in the Week 15 showdown.

1. Renewed Rivalry

The rivalry between San Francisco and Dallas dates back to the 1970's and intensified during the early 1990s as the two franchises faced one another in three consecutive NFC Championship games (1992-94). Those rosters comprised of some of the league's most esteemed playmakers including, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.

The teams have met 37 times with Dallas leading the series 18-17-1. Sunday marks the first meeting between the two clubs since 2017. The 49ers and Cowboys have dealt with significant injuries to key players, which has led to substandard seasons for both clubs. But still, the matchup between the two continues to make for one of the most exciting inter-divisional rivalries to watch.


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