The 1992 Dallas Cowboys: My Favorite Team of All-Time
My favorite Dallas Cowboys team of all-time is the 1992 Dallas Cowboys. Just three years earlier, owner and GM Jerry Jones reached an agreement to purchase the Cowboys from Bum Bright on February 25 and announced that University of Miami Coach Jimmy Johnson would replace Tom Landry. Here in Dallas, we were all floored...at first, but winning cures everything.
In the first year under the Jones/Johnson era, the Cowboys went 1-15, winning only against division rival Washington. In 1990, the Cowboys started to turn it around. The Cowboys went 7-9 and almost made the playoffs and here in Dallas, knowing that better times were right around the corner.
In 1991, the Cowboys went 11-5 and Dallas finished second in the NFC East and qualified as the NFC's No. 2 Wild Card Playoff entry, marking the club's first postseason trip since 1985. The Cowboys traveled to Chicago and defeated the Bears 17-13 in the opening round Wild Card Game before getting manhandled by the Lions 38-6 in Detroit the following week, but this only set up the 1992 season as a season of hope. The 1992 season began with high expectations and hopes for a long playoff run. The Cowboys started the season off right, by beating the defending Super Bowl Champion Redskins at Texas Stadium on Monday Night Football, 23-10 and then won the next two games over the Giants and Cardinals, before losing their first game of the year, to the Eagles.
The Cowboys won the next 10 out of 12 games, to finish the regular season 13-3 and win the NFC East Division, for the fourteenth time, in their team history. The Cowboys beat the Eagles at Texas Stadium 34-10, in the division playoff round. Then, the Cowboys had to travel to Candlestick Park to play the favored San Francisco 49ers. The Cowboys defeated the San Francisco 49ers by a 30-20 score, winning their sixth NFC title. The victory sent Dallas to Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, marking the Cowboys' first NFC title, and Super Bowl trip, since 1978.
While making an NFL record sixth Super Bowl appearance, the Cowboys defeated Buffalo 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Jan. 31, 1993. The Super Bowl crowd of 98,374 was the largest crowd to ever witness a Dallas Cowboys game. The game was also witnessed by 133.4 million television viewers, making Super Bowl XXVII the most-watched event in television history. Here were the Cowboys on top of the NFL world again, only three years after the Cowboys went 1-15. It had been a long time coming, but the Cowboys were Super Bowl champions, and this was the first time in my life that I got to see the Cowboys win the Super Bowl and not have to read about it from years gone by. And that is the reason the 1992 World Champion Dallas Cowboys were my favorite team of all-time.
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