While Cowboys’ fans aren’t pleased with the team’s lack of recent playoff success, the franchise is still tied for the third most Super Bowl victories since the game was first played in 1967.
But the Dallas faithful’s disappointment isn’t without warrant considering the last time the Cowboys won the big game was 1995.
Let’s reflect back on each of Dallas’ five wins:
1971 – Super Bowl VI: Cowboys 24 – Dolphins 3
The first Super Bowl in Cowboys franchise history was dominant.
Hall of famer Roger Staubach, one of the greatest Cowboy QBs in franchise history, was the MVP of the game. He threw for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Duane Thomas led the ground attack with 95 yards and a score.
As the score reflects, it was a whooping by Dallas. They nearly doubled Miami in total offense en route to the team’s first Super Bowl win.
1977 – Super Bowl XII: Cowboys 27 – Broncos 10
Staubach leads another decisive victory for Dallas, further adding to his list of accomplishments in pro football.
But this time, Staubach wasn’t the only football legend on the field. Hall of fame running back Tony Dorsett rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown in the game. Hall of fame defensive lineman Randy White took home MVP honors.
But the committee couldn’t choose just one MVP so the award was also given to White’s fellow defensive lineman Harvey Martin who had two sacks in the game.
1992 – Super Bowl XXVII: Cowboys 52 – Bills 17
Death, taxes and the Cowboys winning big in the Super Bowl.
A new trio of hall of farmers brought the Lombardi Trophy back home to Dallas: Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.
Aikman’s 273 passing yards and four touchdowns won the QB MVP honors in only his fourth season as a pro.
Despite what the scoreboard shows, Dallas had stiff competition playing against Buffalo’s own trio of future hall of famers in Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed.
1993 – Super Bowl XXVIII: Cowboys 30 – Bills 13
This game felt like deja vu with Dallas clobbering Buffalo yet again and each team trotting out the same threesome of hall of famers from the 1992 game.
But there was a new MVP for the Cowboys in Smith who put up 132 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
The sportsbooks learned their lesson from the 1992 Super Bowl as the game kicked off with Dallas as 10.5 point favorites. But Cowboys backers still went to bed with smiles on their faces.
1995 – Super Bowl XXX: Cowboys 27 – Steelers 17
This would prove to be the closest of all five Dallas’ Super Bowl victories. It was also one of the more satisfying as Pittsburgh had beaten Dallas in the Super Bowl in the 1975 and 1978 seasons.
Aikman, Smith and Irvin, affectionately known as the triplets, would raise the Lombardi Trophy one last time. But this time around, none brought the MVP trophy home.
That would belong to defensive back Larry Johnson who intercepted two passes and brought the ball back a combined 77 yards. This provided excellent field position for Dallas’ offense.