When was the last time the Dallas Cowboys won a Super Bowl? How many have they won?
The Cowboys defeated the Buccaneers in their first road playoff game victory in 30 years. Are they getting closer to their Super Bowl dream?
Tom Brady and his Buccaneers were officially eliminated on Monday night after a 31-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas beat Brady for the first time in the seven-time Super Bowl champion’s illustrious career and won in the postseason on the road for the first time in 30 years to earn a trip to San Francisco to play against the 49ers in the NFC divisional round next Sunday.
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When was the last time the Cowboys won a playoff game?
The last time Dallas won a playoff game was in the 2018 season when they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 24-22 in the Wild Card Round. After their victory, the Cowboys lost in the Divisional Round to the Los Angeles Rams 30-22.
When was the last time the Cowboys won a road playoff game?
The Cowboys hadn’t won a road playoff game since the 1992 season when they defeated the 49ers 30-20.
When was the last time the Cowboys won a Super Bowl?
Dallas last made it to the Super Bowl back in the 1995-1996 season.
The Cowboys clinched their spot in Super Bowl 30 after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game. They then faced the Pittsburgh Steelers and ended up winning the game 27-17.
Let’s look back even further to The Cowboys’ first-ever Super Bowl appearance. Dallas 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 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.
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.