Cowboys. 49ers. Who can forget their historic NFC Championship Game matchups in the early 1990s? Troy Aikman vs. Steve Young, two Hall of Fame quarterbacks duelling in consecutive years. Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith on one side, G.O.A.T. Jerry Rice on the other. The Cowboys bested the 49ers in both matchups, the penultimate step in their journey to back-to-back Super Bowl victories.
The second game of a Monday Night Football double-header will feature the San Francisco 49ers playing host to their NFC West rival Los Angeles Rams. Tonight will mark the first time since the 1994 season that the Rams will take the field for a regular season football game under the Los Angeles moniker.
Arizona and Seattle figure to be the strength of the NFC West yet again and both teams have Super Bowl aspirations. The Cardinals’ championship window with quarterback Carson Palmer may be closing, which is why the team traded for pass rusher Chandler Jones.
The calendar has turned to July, which means it’s almost time for the NFL to get back to business. The regular season doesn’t start until Sept. 8, but teams will open training camp later this month, officially starting the path for what eventually will lead to Super Bowl LI in NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.