Sixteen Long Years Ago: Dallas vs. Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XXX

Saturday marked the 16th anniversary of the Cowboys’ 27-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX.

For personal reasons, I find it amazing that it has been 16 years. I moved to Texas just five days before that game and can still remember watching that game very vividly.

Here is a clip of that game’s highlights:

The fact that it has been 16 years is significant for another reason. Never before have Cowboys fans had to wait so long for a world championship.

Consider the time spans between titles in the team’s history:

1. 1960-1971 (11 years): Dallas formed as an expansion team in 1960 and won a title 11 years later by beating Miami in Super Bowl VI.

2. 1971-1977 (6 years): Dallas fans had to wait six more seasons before they had a second title after the Cowboys beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XII.

3. 1977-1992 (15 years): Dallas fans endured a loss in Super Bowl XIII and three consecutive losses in the NFC Championship Game before the franchise fell on dark times. That ended in 1992 when Dallas won the first of three titles in four seasons.

4. 1992-1993 (1 year): The Cowboys defended their title in Super Bowl XXVIII.

5. 1993-1995 (2 years): Dallas returned to the top two years later by beating the Steelers.

6. 1995-present (16 years and counting): The Cowboys have won two playoff games since Super Bowl XXX.

 

  • Cowboy fan

    Shoot, has it been that LONG ago.  Seems like yesterday.  The really strange thing is for those of us that watched the Cowboys win Super Bowl VI and then Super Bowl XII, the span of seasons between Super Bowl XII and Super Bowl XXVII seemed like forever.. well we have now gone beyond that long drought..  between Super Bowls.. argh!