Saturday, September 24, 2005

Week 3: Cowboys at 49ers

Here is a little reading to get you ready for the Niners tomorrow. In watching the 49ers game in Philadelphia, you can seriously make the case that no team in football has less talent on the field on offense than these guys. The Cowboys simply must beat a team like this if they wish to see the playoffs. Cowboys 27-10.

The Rivalry that once was

In the 1990s, the Dallas Cowboys and 49ers met regularly as playoff heavyweights. Sunday, they will come together seeking to re-establish themselves as teams to be reckoned with.

Although the stakes are different in the renewal of the rivalry, it still has a certain appeal and serves as a reminder of the high-stakes meetings of the past.
``I've had so many ticket requests this week, it's been ridiculous,'' 49ers center Jeremy Newberry said. ``I bought over 50 for this game and I probably could have used 50 more if I could have bought them.''

The game at Monster Park, which is sold out, marks Dallas' first San Francisco visit since 1997.

The 49ers have won two of the three meetings since and lead the series 16-13-1. However, the Cowboys have won five of the seven postseason encounters. Those victories included all three playoff meetings in 1970-72, when the 49ers were coached by Dick Nolan, father of current 49ers coach Mike Nolan. The elder Nolan had served as Dallas Coach Tom Landry's defensive coordinator before coming to the 49ers in 1968.

``It was kind of the student, in my father, vs. his mentor, in Tom Landry,'' Mike Nolan said. ``But it didn't really become a rivalry until about '70 when they played in the championship game.''

The 49ers finally got past the Cowboys en route to the first of their five Super Bowl titles, in 1982. The teams met in the NFC Championship game in 1992-94, a run that ended with the 49ers denying Dallas' bid to win a third consecutive Super Bowl title.

``They were exciting to watch,'' said Newberry, who was raised in Antioch. ``That was the real Super Bowl.''

Niners offense is truly pitiful

the 49ers, who rank 31st in total offense. They also have generated the fewest first downs in the league (20), and their 4-for-19 third-down conversion rate is the second-worst in the NFL, behind only the Houston Texans.

49ers simply must draft better

The 49ers' past four first-round picks are Alex Smith (a backup), receiver Rashaun Woods (inactive for the first two games), Kwame Harris (moved from left tackle to right) and Mike Rumph (moved from cornerback to safety).

This is not to say that the 49ers are wrong for easing Smith into action. Two of the other Week 2 quarterback standouts -- the Cincinnati Bengals' Carson Palmer and the New York Giants' Eli Manning -- spent most or all of their rookie seasons watching and learning from the sideline.


your departed vas deferens said...

thanks for the Saturday bonus Bob

I miss you

Anonymous said...

Has any franchise is sports fallen from greatness so hard and stayed there more than the 49ers? Maybe the Bulls, but the Bulls were good because of one player. The 49ers had decades of great players. The good news is Julian Peterson gauranteed a dynasty.

Greatest game of all-time NFC Championship game, 93' in Candlestick.


Canuck said...


You are the best. Quit the Ticket already and move to Bristol where you can crunch numbers for Boomer...