In 1992 the Cowboys lost to the Redskins at RFK to fall to 11-3 and fell out of the home field race against the 49ers who finished 14-2. At the time I thought to myself, “This team cannot lose again if they’re going to win a Super Bowl this year; they have to win 5 straight games now, all the way through.” Sure enough they did. The run started with a Monday Night drumming of the Falcons to improve to 12-3 and ended with an overall record of 16-3 and hoisting up the Vince Lombardy trophy, as they dismantled the Bills in Super Bowl XVII.
The following year was even more precarious as the defending champion Cowboys fell to 7-4 in the infamous, “No Leon” game in the snow. Somewhere in between accepting defeat at the hands of Dolphins and trying to understand the incredibly stupid way in which it had just happened; I came to another realization, “This team cannot lose again if they’re going to repeat as Super Bowl champs; they have to win 8 straight games now, all the way through.” Sure enough they did. This run started with an ugly win over the Eagles to improve to 8-4 and ended at 15-4 with a second straight Lombardy trophy and a second straight dominating performance over the Bills in Super Bowl XVIII.
Fast forward to 2008 and last Sunday, as I slowly cooled down from a most disappointing loss to the Steelers when I thought to myself, “This team cannot lose again if they’re going to win a Super Bowl this year; they have to win 6 straight games now, all the way through,”
Last night was certainly a great start. Next up, the Ravens. Let’s hope we can all say two down, five to go on Saturday night.