Eagles vs. 49ers Playoff Flashback, 1996 Style

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Despite being in the NFL together since 1950, the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers are meeting in the playoffs for just the second time ever this weekend.

The first time occurred during the Wild Card round of the 1996-97 NFL playoffs. In rainy, muddy, and blustery conditions the 49ers had the game’s only two scores en route to a 14-0 win.

Here is the program from that game, played at Candlestick Park (then known as 3Com Stadium).

San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles (December 29, 1996)
San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles (December 29, 1996)

Here are some fun facts about what was going on the world at the time of this game (almost 30 years ago!).

  • The top single in the United States was “Un-Break My Heart” by Toni Braxton.
  • The top album in the United States was Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt.
  • This was the second season for the NFL’s newest expansion teams, the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • The newly released John Travolta film Michael won the US weekend box office with $17.4 million.