Throwback Thursday: Allen's Sprint vs. Saints 20 Years Ago

In honor of the popular social media trend "Throwback Thursday," and in preparation for Sunday's game with New Orleans, the Cowboys have had plenty of memorable moments against the Saints.

While the series has included exciting comebacks, like the Cowboys' 21-point rally to beat the Saints 30 years ago, or the 2009 win over an undefeated Saints team that eventually won the Super Bowl.

But when it comes to single plays, it's hard to top the Larry Allen moment from 20 years ago. As a rookie lineman from tiny Sonoma State (Calif.), Allen became more than just a quiet rookie with some power. Allen showed off his unbelievable speed for a listed 325-pounder.

On a Troy Aikman pass was that tipped at the line of scrimmage and then picked off by Saints linebacker Darion Conner at the Saints' 28, the flat-footed Allen wasn't about to let Conner take an interception to the house. Allen found the angle to track down Conner and amazingly caught the defender for an out-of-bounds tackle at the Cowboys 16. [embedded_ad]

The play not only saved a touchdown, but the Saints weren't able to score on the series and settled for a field goal in the eventual 24-16 win for the Cowboys.

From then on, the legend of Larry Allen began. That play helped get on the map, but he certainly proved to be more than athletic lineman. As one of the best guards in NFL history, Allen went to 10 Pro Bowls with the Cowboys, including seven straight from 1995-2001.

Allen was a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 2013.

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