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The 49ers and Seattle Seahawks have the makings of a good rivalry as heated NFC West foes.
But is it even close to what the 49ers had with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s?
That’s because when 49ers and Cowboys met in the postseason three consecutive times after the regular seasons of 1992 through ’94, they were playing, in essence, for the Super Bowl title.
In 1992 and ’93, the Cowboys beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship games and went on to win the Super Bowl in those seasons against the Buffalo Bills. The next season, the 49ers beat the Cowboys for the NFC title. And, of course, they went on to win Super Bowl XXIX over the San Diego Chargers.
Two weeks ago was the first time the 49ers and Seahawks had ever met in the playoffs.
The 49ers have a two-season streak of losing to eventual Super Bowl champion with season-ending losses to the New York Giants and, of course, the Baltimore Ravens in last year’s Super Bowl.
If the Seahawks lose to the Denver Broncos on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII, does that diminish in any way the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry?
49ers playoff losses to eventual Super Bowl champion
1971: Dallas (NFC Championship)
1986: New York Giants (NFC divisional round)
1990: New York Giants (NFC Championship)
1992: Dallas (NFC Championship)
1993: Dallas (NFC Championship)
1996: Green Bay (NFC divisional round)
2002: Tampa Bay (NFC divisional round)
2011: New York Giants (NFC Championship)
2012: Baltimore (Super Bowl)