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San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys: 1981 NFC Championship Game Open Thread

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Date: January 10, 1982
1:05pm PST (estimated time)
Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
Records: 49ers (13-3) Cowboys (12-4)
Spread: Cowboys -3: Thanks to Jimmy Shapiro at Bodog for finding this for me.  The 49ers rolled Dallas 45-14 earlier in the season at home, but as arnec's preview shows, the Cowboys were confident that game was a fluke.  As a 49ers fan I would definitely take the 49ers to cover.
Weather: 52°F, 15mph NNW Wind
TV Broadcast: CBS - Vin Scully, Hank Stram, Irv Cross
Radio: CBS Radio - Pat Summerall, Jack Buck
Cowboys Coverage: Blogging the Boys (obviously not a 1981 website, but an old version of Blogging the Boys to keep with the retro nature of this game)

So here we are.  The 49ers and Cowboys squaring off for a chance to reach the Super Bowl.  Our 49ers are a franchise on the rise, finishing the regular season with their best record since joining the NFL.  For those who questioned Bill Walsh's new offensive system, this "West Coast" offense, led by young Joe Montana could very well be the wave of the future.  The 49ers are young but extremely talented.  It's obviously waaaaay too early to start talking about a dynasty, but with incredible young talent in place on both sides of the ball, the 49ers appear to be a franchise on the verge of greatness.

The 49ers face a veteran Cowboys franchise looking to maintain their spot at the top of the mountain.  The Cowboys went to four Super Bowls in the 70s and look to continue their run of excellence.  The Cowboys are in their 15th playoff appearance in 16 seasons.  Three of those appearances in the early 70s involved eliminating the 49ers, twice in conference championship games.  Today, the 49ers can avenge that and potentially begin turning the tide in NFC dominance.

This should be a tough battle and I really don't expect a blowout like we saw back in week 6.  This Cowboys team will come ready to play and I would imagine this will come down pretty close to the wire.  We're one win away from the first Super Bowl in franchise history.  Time to step up and take care of business!

Fooch's Note: Don't forget to check out our game thread/scouting report for the Hawaii Bowl.


Projected starting lineups after the jump...

Projected starting lineups taken from Pro Football Reference.

QB - Joe Montana
RB - Earl Cooper
WR - Dwight Clark, Mike Shumann, Mike Wilson
TE - Charle Young
LT - Dan Audick
LG - John Ayers
C - Fred Quillan
RG - Randy Cross
RT -Keith Fahnhorst

LDE - Jim Stuckey
NT - Archie Reese
RDE - Dwaine Board
LOLB - Willie Harper
LILB - Jack Reynolds
RILB - Craig Puki
ROLB - Keena Turner
LCB - Ronnie Lott
RCB - Eric Wright
FS - Dwight Hicks
SS - Carlton Williamson

QB - Danny White
RB - Tony Dorsett
FB - Ron Springs
WR - Drew Pearson, Tony Hill
TE - Billy Joe Dupree
LT - Pat Donovan
LG - Herbert Scott
C - Tom Rafferty
RG - Kurt Peterson
RT - Jim Cooper

LDE - Too Tall Jones
NT - Larry Bethea
RDE - Randy White
LOLB - Harvey Martin
LILB - Mike Hegman
RILB - Bob Breunig
ROLB - D.D. Lewis
LCB - Everson Walls
RCB - Dennis Thurman
FS - Michael Downs
SS - Charlie Waters