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Rob Rang
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Rob Rang

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49ers vs. Cowboys


The San Francisco 49ers-Dallas Cowboys rivalry, I believe, is the most significant in the NFL.

It certainly isn't the oldest or, perhaps, even the best. One could make the argument that the Packers-Bears is the best of all time. Hailing from the West Coast, I enjoyed the myriad of rivalries from the Oakland Raiders perspective, including against the Broncos and Chiefs.

However, the 49ers-Cowboys rivalry was the one that I believe helped transform the NFL into America's Game. The "betrayal" of former 49er Charles Haley going to Dallas, or former Cowboy Ken Norton, Jr. making the same move to San Francisco only heightened the hated rivalry.

Deion Sanders lining up against Jerry Rice and then congratulating him as a member of the 49ers continues to be one of the interesting aspects of the iconic rivalry.

For a few years in the early 90s, it was almost as if there were no other teams in the NFC. The 49ers and Cowboys were going to decide who would represent the conference in the Super Bowl.

By Rob Rang  |  March 27, 2009; 10:05 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I thought the question was individual rivalry. Also Cowboys Redskins is the no 1 rivalry in the NFL and no 2 in all sports.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 30, 2009 12:07 PM

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