When one thinks of success in the NFL, it is measured by how many championships you win. When a team hoists the Lombardi Trophy at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, they have made the difficult ascension to the top of the mountain and have earned the right to call themselves champions.
The Dallas Cowboys have been in the league since 1960. They are the only team to have 20-plus winning seasons and only missing the playoffs twice from 1966-1985. They have been to a NFL-record 14 NFC Championship games, winning eight of those contests, thus being the NFC's representative in the Super Bowl in 1971, 1972, 1976, 1978, 1993, 1994 and 1996.
The Cowboys had been tabbed America's Team in 1978 when NFL Films was putting together their season highlight reel. The numbers don't lie. The Cowboys have won five Super Bowl championships, tied for second all time with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Cowboys were the most dominant team in the league from 1992-1995, posting 60 wins in the regular season and 11 wins in the playoffs, with an average margin of victory of 18 points per game. The Cowboys were one game shy of going to three straight Super Bowls, as they were outlasted by the 49ers in the 1995 NFC Championship game by a score of 38-28.
With all that success comes ample opportunities for failure. The Cowboys, even with all of their successes have had their share of failure.
Here are five of the Cowboys' worst playoff defeats in team history:
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