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Ranking the Cowboys’ 90s Super Bowl Wins

Today, the Cowboys continue to enjoy one of the NFL’s most prestigious reputations. Not only is the franchise the league’s most lucrative with a worth of nearly $6 billion, but they’re also the world’s most profitable sports team.

Even so, a lot of Jerry Jones’ momentum with the club stems from their killer performance in the 90s. As one of the league’s deadliest teams of the decade, the Cowboys took three Super Bowls and made it look easy. Along the way, the Texas franchise drew in more than a few celebrity followers, from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to Eva Longoria and even LeBron James.

Even with the team’s sporadic playoff appearances, it’s hard to ignore the drive and passion that’s pushing the Cowboys to make another Super Bowl run. Though the ‘Boys 6-10 record and Week 17 loss to the Giants barred them from the playoffs, they were a “surprise favorite” from pundits heading toward the regular season last year.

While current NFL betting odds from a range of sportsbooks have their eye on the Chiefs or the Packers to take the Lombardi Trophy, it’s possible the Bills could push past the Packers, and then the Chiefs. For many Cowboys fans, it brings back memories of the ‘90s, when Dallas delivered two back-to-back wins against the Bills in ’92 and ’93.

Though the ‘Boys also barreled through the Steelers in ’95, most Super Bowl rankings from the 90s celebrate the gritty battles against the Bills. With this in mind, we’ve decided to take a look at the Cowboys’ definitive Super Bowl rankings from their last three championship wins.

Number Three: Super Bowl XXVIII

Typically, rankings of the Cowboys’ Super Bowl performances see Super Bowl 30 fall to last on the list. However, the defending champs and the returning Bills saw a repeating pattern similar to the Patriots’ illustrious Super Bowl runs in the 2000s. The Bills were competing in their fourth consecutive championship appearance with a no-huddle offense.

Trailing at halftime, the Cowboys scored 24 points in the second half to win the game 30-13. While the first half went squarely to the Bills, the Cowboys’ momentum in the second half couldn’t be stopped. Or, at least, Running Back Emmitt Smith couldn’t be.

Number Two: Super Bowl XXX

 

From a general football fan’s standpoint, the 30th Super Bowl remains memorable for a few reasons aside from the Cowboys’ 27-17 defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers. First, NBC set a record for the most-watched sporting event ever and the second-most-watched TV program ever aired.

Beyond that, the Cowboys’ third Super Bowl win in four years set another record with the NFL. Even better, the win came at the loss of the Steelers, one of the franchise’s greatest rivals. Otherwise, the big game featured the standard fare of Super Bowl battles: a strong lead in the first half, a near-comeback with seconds on the clock before halftime, and a hard push from the Steelers in the third quarter.

The most notable performance came from Cowboys Cornerback Larry Brown. His pivotal interceptions in the second half prevented a comeback from the Steelers and also saw Brown earn the league’s first Super Bowl MVP title for a cornerback. He didn’t run the ball like Smith, but he knew where it was heading.

Number One: Super Bowl XXVII

Until Super Bowl LIV in 2020, Super Bowl XXVII was celebrated as one of the most exciting championship games the league had ever seen. In fact, it’s still the main feature of the NFL’s Super Bowl Highlights program.

Heading into the game, the stakes were high enough. The Bills were reaching for a win in their third Super Bowl faceoff, but neither team had played the other in nearly a decade. Adding to the excitement were other factors, like the championship game’s location in Pasadena, California, and the NFL’s halftime show contract with Michael Jackson.

What came next was an all-out ransack against the Bills that led to a 52-17 win. While the Buffalo franchise created nine turnovers, which the Cowboys recycled into three touchdowns, Backup Quarterback Frank Reich attempted a comeback for the Bills.

In the end, Troy Aikman lived up to the hype and delivered four touchdowns with a passer rating of 140.6. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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  1. I like it even though i wasn’t even born when the cowboys won these Super Bowls, though i hear about it a lot from my Dad about how great the 90’s Boys were and his favorite players, E Smith, Irvin, and Charles Haley, just wish i can see one here in my lifetime so i can have that feeling of my favorite team is the best in the world, so Dak, i’ll hold your crutches if you can win a super bowl #HoldMyCrutches #HowBoutThemCowboys!

  2. I remember those days…. I was pretty young at the time, but when your team wins those big games it’s really hard to forget!!

  3. Loved this! Well written, accurate, entertaining, informative & succinct. I write too & I often go into too much detail for an internet audience but this told the stories of each SB quite well without too much info that – I’d probably care about but not everyone wants to know, ya know? Anyway, I tend to have to do a TON of revision.

    The 92 (or 93, I say 92 bc the SB was the culmination of the 92 season but played in 1993. Some ppl say that they won in 93, 94,96 but I say 92, 93, 95! I wonder what the NFL officially says never thought to look b4) SB was my favorite mainly bc of the incredible score & Troy winning a well deserved MVP – not that the Bills were ever very good. The entire AFC sucked back then. The teams that dominated the NFL were Dallas and SF. Their 4 consecutive NFC Championship Games were more like the real Super Bowls, than the actual SB.

    I was born in Houston to a father who was a life-long Texan & life-long Cowboys fan, I was brought home from the hospital in a little Cowboys shirt that my parents still have framed. We moved to the East Bay in NorCal when I was 3. The Raiders were already gone & the Niners were the only team for people to like. I remained a devoted Cowboys fan & became an A’s fan on my 4th birthday when I went to my 1st live baseball game (my mom’s side of the family were baseball fanatics, she didn’t watch football until she met my dad & vice versa – So we are am A’s & Cowboys family).

    Sorry, I’m trying to get to the point of why these games are so special & memorable to me. Some of the BEST times in my entire life tbh! I lived through those years in the Bay Area and I can tell you – it was INSANITY! Beyond intense, the rivalry was so crazy & I was vastly out numbered. I LOVE that I got to be alive to experience those SB wins, but its really the 3 of 4 NFC Championship Games that standout (maybe you could do a post ranking those – they were a HUGE deal! The teams hated eachother & Deion bounced back & forth! Totally nuts!) Quieted the Niner fans from time to time & still will to this day. I have an unrivaled hatred of San Francisco teams that is actually almost funny!!

    Sorry for the long comment. I randomly came across this article bit will be continuing to follow the blog! This really took me back! I’m – & I take this VERY seriously – Troy’s #1 fan ever & I’d take on anyone who says otherwise. But I loved the Triplets as a whole of course … and Moose and Prime Time! The Offensive line that was at the time bigger than any in history- averaging 320 lbs. which isn’t that much today but was a marvel to see in the 90’s. Anyway, Cowboys fan for life right here (and SF Niners & Giants hater 4 life too! LOL!)

    Thanks for the good read! How Bout Them Cowboys!! (We can thank Jimmy Johnson for that!! Man, I loved him too! I can’t believe Jerry ran him out! Idiot!)

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