The 49ers-Cowboys Wild Card matchup was a rivalry game 27 years in the making, and football fans tuned in.
According to Austin Karp of the Sports Business Journal, Sunday’s game between Dallas and San Francisco was the most-watched Wild Card matchup since 2015.
It marked the first time since the 1994 NFC Championship that the 49ers and Cowboys met in the postseason, and the contest was marked by drama until the clock struck zeroes. Ultimately, the 49ers defense made enough plays to bail out Jimmy Garoppolo, who struggled badly in the second half and finished 16-of-25 for 172 yards and interception.
“It was an emotional game,” Garoppolo said. “The highs and lows of it, just everything. Never felt like it was getting away from us. I always felt like we were in control of the game. Made for some good TV, I guess.”
A relieved 49ers tight end George Kittle also joked about the topsy-turvy nature of the Wild Card matchup after the game Sunday.
“Just a little bit of a roller coaster,” Kittle said. “That was wild. Lot of ups and downs. Lot of unknowns. I think the Niners make for great TV.”
The No. 6 seed 49ers are currently six-point road underdogs for Sunday’s divisional round matchup against the top-seeded Green Bay Packers.