THE DALLAS COWBOYS WIN THEIR FIRST SUPER BOWL

January 16, 1972

 

Super Bowl VI was the culmination of the long road to the top for The Cowboys franchise.  The game was played in New Orleans against the Miami Dolphins.   This was the first Super Bowl by the new AFC Champions led by now Legendary coach Don Shula. The Dolphins were an up and coming power in the NFL, but the ultimate prize would have to wait for them as Super Bowl VI belonged to the Dallas Cowboys and their fans. Super Bowl VI was dominated by the Cowboys almost from the beginning of the game.

Miami Dolphins running back Larry Csonka committed the first error, by committing what was for him a rare-fumble. The Cowboys recovered the ball and quickly took a  3-0 lead. While the Cowboys shut-down Miami’s powerful running game, Roger Staubach led a balanced attack to a touchdown in the second quarter.  to Lance Alworth was the recipient of a great Roger Staubach pass that lead to a Cowboys touchdown and a 10-0 lead. A Miami field goal gave Dallas 10-3 half-time lead. For the cowboys this was deja vu because this was the position they were in a year earlier in Miami against the Baltimore Colts.

Dallas got the ball to start the second half and upon receiving the kick-off, Dallas drove the field and scored another touchdown. Unlike the previous Super Bowl there were no controversial plays that would cause Dallas to be unable to score. Dallas now had a comfortable 17-3 lead and handed the ballgame to their awesome defence and to the Dallas Cowboys running game. Dallas added a late touchdown with a 7 yard pass from Staubach to “Iron Mike” Ditka and the final score was 24-3 Dallas. Dallas was now World Champions for the first time In Dallas Cowboys Franchise History.

Starting Lineups

OFFENSE
Dallas Position Miami
Bob Hayes WR Warfield
Tony Liscio LT Crusan
John Niland LG Kuechenberg
Dave Manders C DeMarco
Blaine Nye RG Little
Rayfield Wright RT Evans
Mike Ditka TE Fleming
Lance Alworth WR Twilley
Roger Staubach QB Griese
Duane Thomas RB Kiick
Walt Garrison FB Csonka
DEFENSE
Dallas Position Miami
Larry Cole LE Riley
Jethro Pugh LT Fernandez
Bob Lilly RT Heinz
George Andrie RE Stanfill
Dave Edwards LLB Swift
Lee Roy Jordan MLB Buoniconti
Chuck Howley RLB Kolen
Herb Adderley LCB Foley
Mel Renfro RCB Johnson
Cornell Green LS Anderson
Cliff Harris RS Scott
SPECIAL TEAMS
Dallas Position Miami
Mike Clark K Yepremian
Ron Widby P Seiple

Scoring

Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Fina l
Dallas 3 7 7 7 24
Miami 0 3 0 0 3
First Quarter
Dallas – FG, Mike Clark 9 Yard
Second Quarter
Dallas – TD, Lance Alworth 7 Yard Pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark Kick)
Miami – FG, Garo Yepremian 31 Yard
Third Quarter
Dallas – TD, Duane Thomas 3 Yard Run (Mike Clark Kick)
Fourth Quarter
Dallas – TD, Mike Ditka 7 Yard Pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark Kick)
Dallas Team Stats Miami
23 1st Down – Total 10
15 1st Down – Rushing 3
8 1st Down – Passing 7
0 1st Down – Penalty 0
1 Fumbles – Number 2
1 Fumbles – Lost Ball 2
3 Penalties 0
15 Yards Penalized 0
0 Missed Field Goals 1
69 Offensive Plays 44
352 Net Yards 185
5.1 Average Gain 4.2

Individual Stats

RUSHING
Dallas Thomas 19-95, Garrison 14-74, Hill 7-25, Staubach 5-18, Ditka 1-17, Hayes 1-16, Reeves 1-7
Miami Csonka 9-40, Kiick 10-40, Griese 1-0
PASSING
Dallas Staubach 12-19-119-2-0
Miami Griese 12-23-134-0-1
RECEIVING
Dallas Thomas 3-17, Alworth 2-28, Ditka 2-28, Hayes 2-23, Garrison 2-11, Hill 1-12
Miami Warfield 4-39, Kiick 3-21, Csonka 2-18, Fleming 1-27, Twilley 1-20, Mandrich 1-9

Attendance – 80,591 in New Orleans

MVP – QB Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys

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