With the NFL celebrating its 100th season, the league is looking to find the greatest plays for each team.
This is where the fans will come into play, getting the opportunity to vote for the best individual plays or moments in Cowboys history.
Through nearly 60 years of Cowboys football, four plays have been selected, and we’re now asking fans to vote on their favorite moment in Cowboys history. From there, the winner will be put into a bracket against the greatest plays from every NFL team. The top play in NFL history will then be selected at the NFL Honors award show before Super Bowl LIV.
Here are the four moments the NFL selected for the Cowboys:
Super Bowl VI
After years of being dubbed “Next Year’s Champions,” the Cowboys finally got over the hump in 1971. Not only did they open Texas Stadium that season, the team cruised through the playoffs and defeated the Dolphins, 24-3, in Super Bowl VI. One of the more memorable plays was Bob Lilly sacking Miami quarterback Bob Griese for a 29-yard loss. Roger Staubach also threw a touchdown and was named the game’s MVP.
In the final seconds of the NFC Divisional Game against the Vikings, Roger Staubach pulled off an epic comeback with his 50-yard bomb to Drew Pearson, which propelled the Cowboys past Minnesota for a dramatic win. Staubach said he threw the ball up for grabs and said a prayer, prompting the play to be forever dubbed the “Hail Mary.”
Super Bowl XXVII
The Cowboys finally got back to the top of the mountain in 1992, winning their first Super Bowl in 15 years as they crushed the Bills, 52-17. Troy Aikman, who was named Super Bowl MVP, threw four touchdowns, including two to Michael Irvin before halftime. The Cowboys forced nine turnovers and scored two defensive touchdowns in what would turn out to the be the first of three titles in a four-year span, paving the way for the franchise to be dubbed the “Team of the 90s.”
One of Emmitt Smith’s goals when he was drafted in 1990 was to one day chase down Walter Payton’s rushing record. That dream became a reality in 2002, as the Cowboys’ greatest runner eclipsed Payton’s mark in a game against the Seattle Seahawks. Smith’s 11-yard run sent him past Payton (16,726). Smith would eventually extend the record to 18,355 yards after 15 pro seasons.