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Head coach Tom Landry had the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl for the second-consecutive year, this time they faced off against Don Shula's Miami Dolphins. The Cowboys were on a roll, having won eight-consecutive games, including playoff victories over Minnesota, 20-12, and San Francisco, 14-3, after settling on Roger Staubach as the starting quarterback
The Dolphins were a very young team with a punishing running attack that was lead by Jim Kiick and Larry Csonka, while Bob Griese led the passing attack at quarterback. Paul Warfield, possibly the best wide receiver in the league, was Griese's favorite target despite being constantly double-teamed.
The two teams took the field January 16th in front of 81,023 fans in 39-degree temperature at Tulane Stadium. 20,000 balloons were released and eight F-4 Phantom jets streaked over the stadium as the Air Force Academy Chorus sang the National Anthem.
The Cowboys received their first big break of the game when fullback Larry Csonka, who had not fumbled all season, missed the handoff from Griese. Dallas linebacker Chuck Howley recovered the fumble at the Cowboy's 46-yard line, which the offense turned into a nine-yard field goal toward the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Cowboys marched 76 yards in eight plays and Staubach put the ball across the goal line with a seven-yard pass to Lance Alworth. The Cowboys were up 10-0 with 1:15 remaining in the first half.
The Dolphins managed to use the rest of the clock wisely and moved the ball into position for Garo Yepremian to kick a 31-yard field goal with four seconds left. The score at half-time was 10-3 in favor of the Cowboys.
The Cowboys took the second-half kickoff 71 yards in eight plays for a touchdown to take control of the game. Then after a Chuck Howley interception in the fourth quarter was run back to the nine-yard line, Roger Staubach hit tight end Mike Ditka for a touchdown to put the game away and the Cowboys went on to win, 24-3.