After the Dallas Cowboys defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the 1970 and 1971 NFC Championship games, a new rivalry began. Since 1970, the Cowboys and 49ers have faced each other 33 times during the regular season. 2014 will bring their 34th matchup.
Currently, both teams have won 16 of the matchups and tied one game as well. With the NFL’s addition of interdivision play, Dallas and San Francisco play one another every three years when the each team from the NFC West plays each team from the NFC East during the regular season.
Their most recent matchup in 2011 delivered a close game won by the Cowboys who scored 27 to San Francisco’s 24. The win also gave the Cowboys a three game winning streak against the 49ers.
Although fans are used to higher than average ticket prices in Dallas, they can expect a bit of an increase for the matchup. While tickets cost fans $277 on average in Dallas, this game will bring that average up to $404.
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The ticket price increase can most likely be attributed to the fact the rivalry meets again in Week 1
Fans should remember some famous moments during the rivalry, such as 1981 NFC Championship game won by the 49ers when Joe Montana connected with Dwight Clark for the game winning pass. Since then, the play has been known as The Catch and is one of the greatest moments in NFL history.
In recent years, the 49ers have become a regular Super Bowl contender behind quarterback Colin Kaepernick. On the other hand, Dallas is often chosen to succeed before the season begins, only to underachieve. The past three years have seen the Cowboys’ playoff hopes dashed after losing to the other three members of the NFC East in the last game of the season.
With such high ticket prices, fans can only hope they see another play that lives on in infamy during the game. They would prefer a great moment to a new hole in their pockets.