The Dallas Cowboys finally shook their reputation as a team incapable of winning the big game with a dominant 24-3 win over the Miami Dolphins to win Super Bowl VI, easily covering as 6-point favorites.
It was the second straight Super Bowl appearance for the Cowboys, who dropped a 16-13 decision to the Baltimore Colts the previous year and also came up short in both the 1966 and 1967 NFL championship games.
But the outcome was never in doubt for the Cowboys and their Doomsday Defense that had surrendered just one TD in the 14 quarters prior to Super Sunday.
Dallas rose to the top of the NFC East following a rocky start to the season in which they lost three of their first seven games. But after Roger Staubach was anointed as the team’s starting quarterback following a Week 7 loss to Chicago, the Cowboys won their seven remaining regular season outings, giving up an average of just 11.3 points per game.
The Cowboys’ dominance continued through the playoffs, manhandling the Minnesota Vikings in a 20-12 NFC Divisional Playoff win before shutting down the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, surrendering a mere 61 rushing yards and nine first downs while picking off three John Brodie passes.
After opening their season 9-1-1, the Dolphins dropped two of their last three, but still finished atop the AFC East.
In the AFC Divisional Playoffs, it took Miami over 82 minutes to knock off the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in double overtime to win the longest NFL game ever played. Despite just four pass completions by QB Bob Griese, Miami topped Baltimore 21-0 in the AFC Championship Game, thanks to the efforts of a stout Dolphins defense.
The Cowboys dominated on both sides of the ball against the Dolphins, racking up 252 rushing yards, while Staubach completed 12 of 19 for 119 yards and two TDs.
The Dallas defense held the Dolphins to just 185 total yards including just 13 yards in the third quarter and a total of 10 first downs, although Griese outgained Staubach with 134 passing yards but failed to connect in the end zone.
Staubach was named Super Bowl MVP to become the first player to earn both Super Bowl MVP and Heisman Trophy honors, while the point total in Super Bowl VI, pegged at 34 by oddsmakers, finished UNDER for the fourth straight year.
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