When was the last time Dallas Cowboys won a Super Bowl? How many have they won?
It feels like it’s been ages since the Cowboys have been to and won a Super Bowl. How long has it been and what happened to the winning team of the 90s?
If you find yourself thinking, ‘man when IS the last time the Cowboys went to the Super Bowl anyway?’, you’re not alone. Just type in “When was the last time” into Google and that’s the first thing that comes up. It does feel like it’s been a while, huh? Yeah, that’s because it has.
The Dallas Cowboys’ impressive Super Bowl records
The Cowboys have actually made it to the Super Bowl eight times, which makes them tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos for the second-most Super Bowl appearances, only behind the New England Patriots who have a record of eleven Super Bowl appearances. The Cowboys are tied with the San Francisco 49ers for third place for most Super Bowl victories. Of their eight Super Bowl appearances, the Cowboys have won five. They are beat out by the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers, who’ve won six. That’s quite an impressive track record. The only thing is, that was from the 1970s to the 1990s.
So how long has it been exactly?
The most recent Super Bowl appearance and victory for the Dallas Cowboys was in 1996 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But let’s take a look back even further to their first ever Super Bowl appearance. The Cowboys joined the NFL in 1960 as an expansion team under head coach Tom Landry. They were off to a rough start as they had losing seasons through the first five years. But once they started gaining some traction, they were unstoppable.
Super Bowl V: 1971, vs Baltimore Colts (loss)
11 years after joining the NFL, in 1971, the Cowboys made their first Super Bowl appearance against the Baltimore (now Indianapolis) Colts. The Cowboys lost with a score of 16-13 with the last Colts field goal winning it with five seconds left in the game. Strangely enough, though the Cowboys lost, it was a member of their team, Chuck Howley, who won the Most Valuable Player Award. He, a linebacker, was also the first player to win the award who wasn’t a quarterback.
Super Bowl VI: 1972, vs Miami Dolphins (win)
One year later, in 1972, the Cowboys saw their first Super Bowl victory. They played the the Miami Dolphins and held them to 185 yards and not a single touchdown in an epic 24-3 defeat. Meanwhile, the Cowboys had a record of 252 rushing yards. This was the era of Roger Staubach, Chuck Howley, and Duane Thomas.
Super Bowl X: 1976, vs Pittsburgh Steelers (loss)
The Cowboys lost this one 21-17 to the Steelers, who were the first team to ever win back-to-back Super Bowls. The Steelers were losing by 3 in the final quarter, but rallied to score 14 more points with Dallas scoring only one more touchdown late in the game.
Super Bowl XII: 1978, vs Denver Broncos (win)
This particular Super Bowl was the most-watched of all Cowboys Super Bowls with over 100 million fans watching both at home and in front of a sold-out stadium. Perhaps this was due to it being the first Super Bowl to ever be played in prime time in the Eastern US, or perhaps it was just because Staubach and company were so fun to watch. It was a defense-dominant Cowboys team that forced eight turnovers and allowed only eight pass completions and 61 yards to the Broncos that helped the Cowboys to the 27-10 victory over the Denver Broncos.
Super Bowl XIII: 1979, vs Pittsburgh Steelers (loss)
This was an exciting Super Bowl for a few reasons. The Cowboys had an opportunity for a rematch after losing to the Steelers three years earlier, and both teams were looking to be the first to win a third Super Bowl. It was also the only Super Bowl that featured both teams which had won two Super Bowls in that same decade. In the end, the Cowboys lost in a close game, 35-31. There were 11 players on that Cowboys team who ended up in the Hall of Fame.
Super Bowl XXVII: 1993, vs Buffalo Bills (win)
Here is where we get to the huge win-streak. The 90s were a big time for the Dallas Cowboys. This game in particular was the biggest win the Cowboys ever had, with a 52-17 defeat over the Bills. We saw four touchdown passes from Troy Aikman and 108 rushing yards by Emmitt Smith and this Cowboys team just made it look like a walk in the park.
Super Bowl XXVVIII: 1994, vs Buffalo Bills (win)
The Cowboys and Bills rematch just one year later ended with a second consecutive Super Bowl victory for the Boys, 30-13 over the Bills. Again, the Cowboys just waltzed in and danced around the Bills, with Emmitt Smith rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Super Bowl XXX: 1996, vs Pittsburgh Steelers (win)
Things were heating up for the Cowboys in this decade. They took an early lead over the Steelers with Troy Aikman, Jay Novacek, and Chris Boniol helping to gain an early 13 to zip lead. Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin could not be stopped and in the end, the Cowboys finally got their victory revenge over the Steelers, 27 to 17.
Who knew that would be the last time we’d see a Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl for over two decades? Yet, fans still believe they will get there again, and soon. We are indeed seeing a a more complete-looking team this 2021-22 season. Fans have been repeatedly disappointed after getting their hopes up by a good offensive line.
This year, they have an aggressive defense that could make the difference. America’s Team is looking more like Super Bowl contenders than they have in a while. Good enough for a Super Bowl run? Only time will tell.
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