On January 16 1972, the young up and coming Miami Dolphins, first took on the veteran Dallas Cowboys. But this wasn’t just any game, it was Super Bowl VI. In that game the more experienced Cowboys proved too much for the young Dolphins, dominating them in a 24-3 beat down. If not for a 31-yard field goal in the 2 nd quarter by Dolphin’s kicker Garo Yepremian, it would have been the first shut out in Super Bowl history.
The 3 points scored by the Dolphins still stands as the lowest output by any team in Super Bowl history. The Dolphins and Cowboys only played two more times in the decade of the 70’s, with the Dolphins winning both games. In fact, the Dolphins beat the Cowboys in 6 of the next 7 games after Super Bowl VI. The only game the Dolphins lost during that span was in 1981. This was a game where the Cowboys were big favorites and playing in their home stadium. The Cowboys were rightly considered Super Bowl contenders, as they would later play in the NFC Championship game. The Dolphins were again a young team but they put up a much better fight than they did 9 years earlier in the Super Bowl.
The Dolphins actually had the lead late in the game 27-14 but due mostly to QB David Woodley’s five interceptions, the Cowboys came back at the very end, and beat the Dolphins 28-27. Talk about a heartbreaker… Another memorable game during the Dolphins winning streak was a Monday night game in 1984. That was a game where Marino threw 4 touchdown passes. Wide receiver Mark Clayton was in top form that game as well, catching 3 of Marino’s touchdown tosses. The Dolphins went on to a 28-21 win over the Cowboys.
The Dolphins good fortunes against the Cowboys continued through 1993 when Miami squeaked out a 16-14 win in the Dallas snow, on Thanksgiving Day. This win came courtesy of Cowboy’s Defensive Lineman Leon Lett, who pulled the bone head play of plays when he tried to recover a blocked field off the foot of Dolphins kicker Pete Stoyanovich. When Lett touched the loose ball, and had it squirt away, a Dolphins lineman was able to recover it.
The Dolphins got another field goal chance, and this time Stoyanovich made the kick, pulling out the 2-point win for Miami. After that Thanksgiving game, the Cowboys went on their own winning streak. To date the Cowboys have beaten the Dolphins in 5 of their last 6 games played, including a painful loss last season. The Dolphins can’t make up for any of those tough regular season losses in a pre-season game, but they can show they are on their way to improving with the season just weeks away.