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Saturday, January 13, 2001
Updated: January 10, 9:55 AM ET
Doomsday "D" leads Cowboys

By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Jan. 16, 1972

Finally, after several years of losing the big game to either the Green Bay Packers or Baltimore Colts, the Dallas Cowboys win the season's decisive contest. With the Doomsday Defense dominating the Dolphins, the Cowboys cruise to a 24-3 victory in Super Bowl VI in Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.

By holding the Dolphins to a lone Garo Yepremian field goal, the Cowboys set a Super Bowl record that will stand for the rest of the 20th century.

Coach Tom Landry's team limits Miami to a total of 185 yards - just 80 on the ground (40 each for Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick) and 105 via the air.

With an interception and fumble recovery, linebacker Chuck Howley leads the Doomsday D.

The Cowboys rush for more yards than the Dolphins gain total. The 252-yard running attack is led by halfback Duane Thomas (95 yards on 19 carries, including a three-yard touchdown) and fullback Walt Garrison (74 yards on 14 carries).

However, it's quarterback Roger Staubach who wins the game's MVP despite passing for only 119 yards (12-of-19). Staubach does throw for a pair of seven-yard touchdown passes - to Lance Alworth in the second quarter and Mike Ditka in the fourth.