Jan 14, 1996 – Cowboys 38, Packers 27
Championship games are supposed to be like this one – back and forth with plenty of twists and turns. And the surprises started a week earlier when Green Bay knocked off the 49ers on the road, setting up a Packers-Cowboys showdown at Texas Stadium to determine who would go to the Super Bowl.
It was the Cowboys' fourth straight appearance in the title game and from the start, Dallas used that experience to its advantage. The Cowboys jumped out to an early 14-3 lead thanks to a pair of Aikman-to-Irvin touchdown connections.
But the Packers, who had lost five games to their nemesis in less than 24 months, rallied this time with Favre throwing a scores to Robert Brooks and Keith Jackson to leap in front. Fortunately, though, the Cowboys answered with 10 points before the half, including a 99-yard drive that ended with 1-yard touchdown plunge by Smith.
Green Bay stormed back in the second half and regained the lead, 27-24, after Favre tossed his third touchdown pass of the game. But trailing 31-27 heading into the fourth quarter, the Cowboys showed why they were the team of the 1990s, as they muscled past the Packers with long scoring drives that ended on touchdown runs by Smith.
Larry Brown then picked off Favre late in the game, a sign of foreshadowing as he would go on to record two interceptions in the Cowboys' Super Bowl XXX victory to earn the game's MVP honors.