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Kyle Shanahan Believes 49ers Players Don’t “Understand” Cowboy Rivalry

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It’s been over 25 years since either the San Francisco 49ers or the Dallas Cowboys won a Super Bowl.

With the win of the Cowboys in 1996 and the 49ers as the last win in the Lombardi Trophy in 1995, there are entire generations who have not yet experienced the “glory days” of either team.

Kyle Shanahan understands. He was still a child, but his father, Mike, was the offensive coordinator during the 1994 season, which ended with a title in January 1995. The 49ers head coach grew up playing the game and spent his childhood watching the 49ers and cowboys run the NFL.

However, Shanahan knows his players share the same connection. Speaking last Monday, he was asked if the 49ers troop understood the “severity” of their rivalry during this period and he gave a resounding no with a hilarious context.

“Not at all. I wish I could say yes,” Shanahan said on the 49ers Webzone. “But some of these players were born in the 2000s. You like to think so, but every day in the quarterback room when I ask certain questions like: ‘Have you seen wedding crashers?’ And sometimes they don’t even know … But our boys know how important the playoffs are, and our boys are excited for this game. “

There’s just a gap in time, but Shanahan also knows that a deep appreciation for the golden ages of both times comes second after his work on the soccer field.

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A couple of questions before asking about the severity of the 49ers cowboys, Shanahan was asked to speak about what it was like to watch his father and the 49ers during that time.

The San Francisco head coach added even more details on some of the two teams’ famous battles. It’s always fun to watch a coach lose himself in the NFL in the moment and in nostalgia like Shanahan did on Monday.

“As you can see, I still remember these games and have never seen them. It’s part of my childhood, it was so cool football because everyone knew that for those three NFC championships these three years were the Super Bowl. “

If it feels like it’s been ages since these two teams met in the postseason, it’s because it hasn’t happened since the aforementioned golden era.

After the Niners watched the Cowboys play consecutive Super Bowls in the 1992 and 1993 seasons, the Niners beat their NFC rival 38:28 in the 1995 NFC Championship to organize a trip to Super Bowl XXIX. Of course, San Francisco did well by beating the San Diego Chargers 49:26.

25 years and changes have passed and now the 49ers and the Cowboys are finally fighting in a win-or-go home game.

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