SANTA CLARA -- Not all the 49ers' memories at Candlestick Park were triumphant ones. The Dallas Cowboys had their moments on that turf, including the 1992 season's NFC championship win there in 30-20 fashion.
Here is what then-Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson recalled of that game while speaking Friday on "Fox Football Daily:"
"Actually San Francisco had a better team, I thought, than we had in Dallas. It was before our first Super Bowl.
"But an interesting story prior to that game, the day before the game, George Toma, who's in charge of the field for the NFL, he walked the entire field with me. They had replaced a lot of the sod. You know, the footing's horrible in that stadium, so they replaced a lot of sod all over the field.
"So I took a chart, and I charted the entire field -- sidelines and middle of the field. The footing with the new sod was really poor, really slippery.
"So then the morning of the game, before our pregame meal, I got our coaching staff in and I went through the entire call chart with the entire staff about what we would call at certain places on the field.
"For instance, when we were on the new sod, I would not run a sideline kickoff return, because I didn't want them to make a sharp cut, only middle returns.
"I wouldn't run sweeps to Emmitt Smith on the new sod, because I didn't want him to slip down.
"I wouldn't blitz on the new sod. I didn't want our defensive linemen slipping on the blitz and our defensive backs one-on-man in man coverage on the new sod.
"On the old sod, we'd run our whole game plan.
"But we charted our entire day according to where we were on the field. They had sheets in the press box, and we would asterisk where to run it, where not to run it."
When the Cowboys returned in the 1994 season's NFC championship game, Johnson didn't join them on that Candlestick sod. Instead, Barry Switzer was their coach in a 38-28 loss to the eventual Super Bowl-champion 49ers.