The Cowboys were the first team in history to win three Super Bowls in four seasons, thereby solidifying their place as the franchise of the 1990s. Regular-season occurrence: Barry Switzer went for it on fourth down from the Cowboys' 29-yard line with two minutes left, and Philadelphia stopped running back Emmitt Smith. The Eagles won the toss at their 25, but couldn't get anything going offensively, so Dallas scored a touchdown and won its third title in four years.
Season overview: After winning the NFC East for the third straight year with a 10-6 record, the Cowboys traveled to San Francisco for a match up with the 49ers. In what would be one of the greatest games ever played, the Cowboys trailed by 14 points in the fourth quarter before scoring 28 unanswered points to win 45-31. Emmitt Smith had another huge game with 158 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Troy Aikman completed 30 of 42 passes for 394 yards with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. This was also the last time the Cowboys played in Foxboro until 2009.
Cowboys/Eagles are now 5-1 against each other in the Super Bowl.
This article is part of our Super Bowl 50 series looking at the biggest sporting events of all time.
Dallas won their third championship in four years after defeating Barry Switzer.
The New England Patriots' Super Bowl 51 victory over the Atlanta Falcons was historic, as Tom Brady became the first quarterback to win five titles. He was, however, not the first football player to do so. Charles Haley, a retired NFL player, held the record for the longest time as the first NFL player to win five Super Bowls.
Dallas (1992–1993) and New England (2001–2003–2004) are the only teams who have won three straight Super Bowls. With their victory in Super Bowl VII, the 1972 Miami Dolphins completed the only flawless season in NFL history. They are also the only team to win back-to-back Super Bowls.
However, since that time, no team has been able to repeat as Super Bowl champions, with the exception of New England in 2004 and 2015. The Patriots became the first team to win three consecutive Super Bowls after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31-27 in Super Bowl XLIX.
New England's triumph in Super Bowl LIII was its sixth championship overall and third title in four years. It also marked the first time a quarterback had won three Super Bowls. No player has yet to win more than one Super Bowl during his career. Tom Brady is currently tied with Joe Montana for most championships won by a quarterback (3).
Brady and Montana are the only quarterbacks to ever win three Super Bowls each. In fact, they are the only two players to ever win three Super Bowls before the league's expansion in 1998. A total of 13 different players have won the game since its inception in 1967.
San Francisco won their third Super Bowl in a row, defeating AFC champion Cincinnati 20-16. The 49ers are the first NFC club to win three Super Bowls, having also won Super Bowls XVI and XIX. (Jan. 22, 1989) – The 1989 Super Bowl was a game deserving of the title for the first time in several years. It was a matchup of two 8-8 teams that had made it to the postseason by winning their respective conferences. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 to win their third Super Bowl in four seasons.
Both teams were undefeated at home prior to the game but neither squad was able to score a touchdown during their regular season finale at Candlestick Park. The game remained close throughout until late in the fourth quarter when the Niners' defense stiffened while the Bengals struggled to get anything going on offense. With time running out, quarterback Joe Montana completed five passes for 73 yards as he moved the ball into Bengals' territory. On 3rd and 10 from the 9-yard line, Montana found wide receiver John Taylor in the end zone for a game-winning touchdown pass with 1:50 left on the clock. After the game was over, Montana congratulated Taylor after he caught the pass and they both ran onto the field for one final play.
Following their third Super Bowl victory, the 49ers went on to lose star linebacker Dave Robinson to a heart attack during practice. He was only 42 years old.
There have been four Super Bowls. Staubach's Cowboys career finished with four Super Bowl appearances, including victories in Super Bowl VI and XII. He passed for 1,079 yards with nine touchdowns against three interceptions in those games.
Staubach's 12-year career was marked by inconsistency, but he still managed to rank third all time in passing yardage. His 489 attempts are also a Dallas record for a quarterback.
Staubach was the driving force behind the "no huddle" offense, which used quick passes and maximum pressure on defense to keep opponents off balance during game play. This style became popular after his retirement, and is now used by most teams in the NFL.
He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. The following year, the Cowboys retired his number 8 jersey. He is one of only three quarterbacks (Kurt Warner and Peyton Manning are the others) to have their numbers retired by more than one team.
In 2009, Staubach was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. However, he continues to make public appearances to support Alzheimer's research and help raise awareness about the disease.
The New England Patriots (6-5) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) have each won six Super Bowls, while the Dallas Cowboys (5-2) and the San Francisco 49ers (5-2) have each won five. They are the only team to win 100 games in a single season.
In fact, no other team has even come close. The St. Louis Rams came closest when they finished with a 9-7 record in 2003 but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Tennessee Titans. If the 2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers had not been disqualified for using an unauthorized helmet sticker, they would have gone undefeated.
Two teams have won four Super Bowls each: the Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. The Patriots are tied with the Indianapolis Colts for most wins with 6. The two teams met in the AFC Championship game this past Sunday, with the Patriots winning 24-20.
New England will be playing in their third Super Bowl in four years when they meet the Atlanta Falcons in Santa Clara, California on February 5th at 7:30 PM ET on NBC. The last time both these teams played in the Super Bowl was in 2002, when the Patriots defeated the Oakland Raiders 28-24.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, and Dallas Cowboys dominated the NFL landscape in the 1970s, winning a combined eight Super Bowls in ten years. Each of these teams was able to defeat all comers, including each other, with hard-nosed defenses, physical running games, and accurate passing attacks.
These were the three biggest names in football during this era, and they all had stellar careers. The Steelers and Cowboys both had multiple Super Bowl victories, while the Dolphins were close behind with two titles of their own. All four teams remain among the most successful in NFL history.
Here are the details on how many Super Bowl trophies each team has won:
Steelers - 6
Dolphins - 2
Cowboys - 2
Redskins - 1.
There have been other great teams over the past decade or so, but none that have come close to matching up against these dominant squads.
In addition to being one of the best to ever play the game, these teams also had some of the greatest players of all time.