IRVING, Texas – This week, fans were given the opportunity to vote on which Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl team was the best in franchise history was best.
The 1992 Cowboys were the winner, receiving 40 percent of the vote as of Friday. The 1993 Cowboys finished second with 30 percent, followed by the 1977 Cowboys with 12 percent. The 1971 and 1995 Cowboys finished with 9 percent of the vote.
The idea for the poll was born out of an NFL Nation post last week asking for the best team in franchise history. After some research and phone calls to some longtime Cowboys’ followers, I chose the 1993 Cowboys.
Why? Repeating as champion is one of the most difficult things to do in sports. That team also had to overcome an 0-2 start without Emmitt Smith. There was also some drama involving Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones that led to Johnson’s departure after the season.
But the ’92 Cowboys, the team that restored the championship luster to the organization, won the fans' vote.
That team won a title before many expected the Cowboys to contend. The Cowboys went 11-5 the previous year and made it to the divisional round, ramping up the expectations for 1992.
The Cowboys opened the season with wins against the two previous Super Bowl champions, the Washington Redskins and New York Giants. They thrashed the Detroit Lions 37-3 after the Lions ended their ’91 season in the postseason.
In the conference championship game, they answered a San Francisco 49ers’ rally with a 70-yard completion from Troy Aikman to Alvin Harper that set up the clinching touchdown and kicked off the dynasty.
Super Bowl XXVII wasn’t close. The Cowboys forced nine takeaways in their 52-17 win against the Buffalo Bills.
It was a team that had four Hall of Famers – Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith and Charles Haley – and the best defense in the NFL.
The ’92 Cowboys are certainly a worthy choice as the best Super Bowl team.