A Super Curse: Why the Dallas Cowboys Were Doomed From the Start

Derek OverlyContributor IOctober 29, 2010

A Super Curse: Why the Dallas Cowboys Were Doomed From the Start

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys wears a sling on the sidelines after a left shoulder injury against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on October 25, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Gett
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    When the Cowboys lost their 5th game of the season and lose their starting QB, they also watched their Super Bowl chances go out the window.

    This is even more significant because the Cowboys this year, had the chance to play the Super Bowl in their own stadium. They seemed primed to be able to do it. With all the right pieces in place, they were sure they were going to be in the Super Bowl in their own stadium.

    Now their window of opportunity is closing and things aren't looking good. They aren't alone.

    After all, no team has ever made the Super Bowl in their own stadium. In the last decade, only one team has made the playoffs, only to lose in the Wild Card. Here's a look of whats happened since 2000.

2009: Sun Life Stadium

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 24:  Receiver Davone Bess #15 scores a touchdown against linebacker Lawrence Timmons #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers  at Sun Life Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    When? 2009

    Where? Sun Life Stadium, Miami FL

    Who? New Orleans Saints defeat Indianapolis Colts

    What the Dolphins did? 7-9 and 3rd place in the AFC East

2008: Raymond James Stadium

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Running back Carnell Williams #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers puts a move on linebacker James Laurinaitis #55 of the St. Louis Rams during the game at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meri
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    When? 2008

    Where? Raymond James Stadium, Tampa FL

    Who? Pittsburgh Steelers defeat Arizona Cardinals

    What the Buccaneers did? 9-7 and 3rd place in the NFC South

2007: U of Phoenix Stadium

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 24:  Cornerback Greg Toler #28 of the Arizona Cardinals tries to intercept a pass against wide receiver Mike Williams #17 of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on October 24, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty I
    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    When? 2007

    Where? U. Of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale Arizona

    Who? New York Giants Defeat the New England Patriots

    What the Cardinals did? 8-8 and 2nd place in the NFC West

2006: Dolphin Stadium

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 24:  Running back Mewelde Moore #21  is tackled by safety Chris Clemons #30  of the Miami at Sun Life Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
    Marc Serota/Getty Images

    When? 2006

    Where? Dolphin Stadium, Miami FL

    Who? Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Beats

    What the Dolphins did? 6-10 and 4th place in the AFC East

2005: Ford Field

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:  Shaun Hill #14 of the Detroit Lions rushes against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    When? 2005

    Where? Ford Field, Detroit MI

    Who? Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Seattle Seahawks

    What the Lions did? 5-11 and 3rd place in the NFC North

2004: Alltel Stadium

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 24:  Head coach Jack Del Rio of the Jacksonville Jaguars jokes with starting quarterback Todd Bouman #4 during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 24, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by
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    When? 2004

    Where? Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville FL

    Who? New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles

    What the Jaguars did? 9-7 and 2nd place in the AFC South

2003: Reliant Stadium

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17:  U.S.Army Golden Knights parachute onto the field before the Kansas City Chiefs play the Houston Texans on military appreciation day at Reliant Stadium on October 17, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
    Bob Levey/Getty Images

    When? 2003

    Where? Reliant Stadium, Houston TX

    Who? New England Patriots defeated Carolina Panthers

    What the Texans did? 5-11 and T3rd place in the AFC South

2002: Qualcomm Stadium

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Antoine Cason #20 of the San Diego Chargers looks on in disbelief after teammate Kicker Kris Brown #3 misses a field goal to tie at the end of regulation against the New England Patriots during NFL game on October 24, 2010 at Qual
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    When? 2002

    Where? Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego CA

    Who? Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated Oakland Raiders

    What the Chargers did? 8-8 and T3rd place in the AFC West

2001: Louisiana Superdome

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 24:  Courtney Roby #15 of the New Orleans Saints in action during the game against the Cleveland Browns at the Louisiana Superdome on October 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    When? 2001

    Where? Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans LA

    Who? New England Patriots defeat St. Louis Rams

    What the Saints did? 7-9 and T3rd place in the NFC West

2000: Raymond James Stadium

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Tightend Kellen Winslow #82 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cannot bring in this pass as safety Oshiomogho Atogwe #21 of the St. Louis Rams breaks it up during the game at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.
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    When? 2000

    Where? Raymond James Stadium, Tampa FL

    Who? Baltimore Ravens defeat New York Giants

    What the Buccaneers did? 10-6 and lost the Wild Card

Doomed From The Start

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Head coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 25, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    There you have it, the Cowboys were doomed from the start.

    The pressure of possibly playing the Super Bowl in your own stadium has been too much for teams to handle in the past. Many teams have succumbed to the pressure.

    So considering no team has ever played the big game in their own stadium, is it a curse? You decide.