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TBT: 25th Anniversary of Cowboys’ Decade-Changing Win Over 49ers

The Cowboys were officially back! After a 15-year absence from the Super Bowl, the Cowboys climbed the mountain once again after eliminating the San Francisco 49ers in an epic NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park.

Fighting not only a treacherous muddy field, but also a veteran-laden squad that had won two Super Bowls in the previous four seasons, the Cowboys brought their young guns to the Bay Area and came away with a 30-20 win, one that would ignite them into the Team of the 90s.

Troy Aikman’s clutch pass to Alvin Harper for 72 yards, set up a game-clinching TD strike to Kelvin Martin that put the Cowboys up by two scores.

Emmitt Smith had 173 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, while Aikman passed for 322 yards and no interceptions.

The 49ers turned the ball over four times while the Cowboys had none.

The win not only prompted Jimmy Johnson’s memorable “How Bout Them Cowboys!” response in the locker room, but sent them to Super Bowl XXVII, where they dominated the Bills, 52-17, the first of three Super Bowls titles in a four-year span. 

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