How many years competing for Super Bowls?
Game(s) and opponent?
V (BAL), VI (MIA) (DAL), XIV (LA Rams), XXX (DAL), XL (SEA), XLIII (ARI), XLV (GBP)
Where and when?
Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL–January 17, 1971
Tulane Stadium, New Orleans–January 16, 1972
Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL–January 18, 1976
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA–January 15, 1978
Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL–January 21, 1979
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, CA–January 31, 1993
The Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA–January 30, 1994
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ–January 28, 1996
Summary of first game (V)
In one of the worst championship level games ever played, often called the Blunder Bowl or Stupor Bowl, Colts kicker Jim O’Brien converted on a field goal in the closing seconds to help Baltimore defeat the Dallas Cowboys 16-13. The 11 turnover slop fest win was so indecisive for the Colts that Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley was named MVP with two interceptions, the only losing player to win the award.
Summary of the second game (VI)
Roger Staubach passed for 119 yards and 2 TD’s and earned MVP honors as the Dallas Cowboys bounced back from the loss to the Colts in the previous year’s Super Bowl to rout the Dolphins 24-3.
Summary of the third game (X)
A rivalry is born. In the first of what would be three Super Bowls between the Steelers and Cowboys, the Steelers uniquely scored 14 fourth quarter points (a safety, two field goals and one touchdown with a missed extra point) to rally from a 10-7 deficit and held on for 21-17 win over the Cowboys. Lynn Swan caught 4 passes for 161 yards and 1 TD to bring home MVP honors.
Summary of the fourth game (XII)
The Cowboys dominated the Broncos defensively as defensive linemen Randy White and Harvey Martin both won MVP honors as the Cowboys won the Super Bowl 27-10 to capture their second Super Bowl title. The game was the first Super Bowl played in a domed stadium.
Summary of the fifth game (XIII)
In one of the most star studded Super Bowls ever, Terry Bradshaw took home MVP honors after throwing for 318 yards and 4 TD’s as the Steelers beat the Cowboys 35-31. Hall-of-Famer Jackie Smith’s most infamous moment came when he had a chance to catch the game tying TD late in third, dropping an easily catchable ball on third down that would have tied the game at 21-21. In hindsight, the difference between making the catch and having to settle for a field goal was the difference in the final score (though one can never know how one play at one point would change the complexion of a game).
Summary of the sixth game (XXVII)
A dynasty is born. Thanks to 9 Buffalo turnovers and behind Troy Aikman’s 273 yards and 4 TD’s, the Cowboys annihilated the Bills by the score of 52-17. The score would have been 59-17 if not for the always “heady” Leon Lett’s premature celebration as he came close to the end zone after a fumble recovery, allowing Dan Beebee to catch up to him just in time to knock the ball out the back of the end zone for a touchback.
Summary of the seventh game (XXVIII)
The Bills looked to finally be set to win in their fourth straight Super Bowl when they jumped out to a 13-6 lead at intermission but the Cowboys dashed the dreams of Upstate New York one last time, scoring the final 24 points to win 30-13. Emmitt Smith, having rushed for 132 yards and 2 TD’s, was named MVP.
Summary of the last game (XXX)
The third time’s the charm. Denied a title twice by the Steelers in the 70’s, the Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 thanks partially to Steelers QB Neil O’Donnell’s knack for finding Larry Brown down the field. The only problem was that Brown played for the Cowboys and hauled in 2 INT’s virtually thrown to him and was named MVP as Dallas cemented their status as dynasty with their third championship in four years.
My favorite Cowboys SB moment
This is like picking among lots of what you don’t like. The Cowboys are my least favorite team, so I guess since I’ve been alive, my favorite Cowboys moment was seeing the 49ers eliminate them in 1994, denying the ‘Boys a 3-peat.
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