Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils...
-- Louis Hector Berlioz
The previous season ended abruptly. A hated division rival had won the Super Bowl and laid claim to the title of champion. Dallas had an up and down year, including a gut-wrenching loss to a surprise Detroit Lions team.
Dallas made a major acquisition to fortify the defense. The Cowboys selected a cornerback from what is a school from the SEC. The season opener was an evening game that was to be nationally televised. The opponent: the defending Super Bowl champion and division rival.
The Cowboys would come out with something to prove. The franchise was in the midst of the longest drought in team history without winning a Super Bowl. Dallas boasted a pass rusher destined to be in the Ring of Honor. The inside linebacker was a burgeoning force on a much improved defense.
The offense was loaded with talent. The Cowboys featured a franchise quarterback, a tremendous running back, a great tight end, and a fantastic wide receiver. The second wide receiver was no slouch, and even the back-up quarterback was a seasoned veteran.
The NFC East was truly a beast, with the Philadelphia Eagles bouncing back from a disappointing season and the New York Giants not far removed from a Super Bowl title, despite coming off of a middling regular season. The best that could be said about the Dallas Cowboys, was that they were a relatively young team that seemed to be on the rise.
The opener would set the tone for the season. Dallas was considered an underdog against the defending Super Bowl champions. But with the national spotlight reflecting off of the trademark silver and blue star, the Cowboys jumped out to a quick first quarter lead.
Dallas scored the first touchdown when their stud running back ran in from five yards. The defending Super Bowl champs responded with a 30-yard pass to one of their top-notch wide receivers. The Cowboys did not whither, however, as their record-setting quarterback connected with the second receiver from 26 yards out.
The division rivals could only muster a field goal, kicking off the defense of their title with a record of 0-1. The win would give Dallas such momentum that the team would not lose until after the bye week. The Cowboys went on to beat Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington. The coup de grace, though, was beating the Eagles and Giants twice each before going on to win the Super Bowl.
The final score:
Dallas 23, Washington 10
The Cowboys final regular season record: 13-3
The year: 1992.
It was twenty years ago today...