Of all the teams for Dallas to host
By: Corby Yarbrough | 1/23/11, 9:49 PM EST
Takeaway the NFC East and there probably is not a bigger rival in the NFC for the Dallas Cowboys than the Green Bay Packers. In the AFC there is no question the Pittsburgh Steelers are the Cowboys’ biggest rival.
Now Cowboys Stadium and its owner Jerry Jones has to watch two of his franchise’s biggest rivals play in the largest domed stadium in the world for the Super Bowl and watch one of those teams raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy on his field.
This all in year when Jones was so hopeful that his Cowboys would be the first team to play a Super Bowl on its home field.
Dallas and Green Bay have faced each other six times in the playoffs. Green Bay won both times it mattered the most _ with the NFL title on the line. The Steelers and Cowboys have met in three Super Bowls, Pittsburgh winning two of them.
A Cowboys fan called in to where I was watching Championship weekend and said: “The worst thing in sports history will be to see the Steelers celebrate winning the Super Bowl in Dallas’ stadium.”
Dallas’ history with Pittsburgh literally goes back to the beginning of the Cowboys’ existence.
The two teams met in the first regular season game the Cowboys ever played (a 35-28 victory for the Steelers in 1960). The Steel Curtain defense Pittsburgh boasted in the 1970s helped the Steelers defeat Dallas in Super Bowls X and XIII. The two teams have split their 10 meetings since Super Bowl XIII, including the Cowboys finally getting into the win column against Pittsburgh in the title game with a victory in Super Bowl XXX.
The Packers defeated Dallas in 1966 to win the NFL Championship and advance to the first Super Bowl. Green Bay came back the next year to win the “Ice Bowl” and advance to Super Bowl II as NFL champions. The Packers went on to win both Super Bowls.
More recently, Dallas has had the upper hand on Green Bay in the playoffs. The Cowboys won in the second round of the 1982 NFC playoffs as well as the 1993 and 1994 NFC divisional rounds and the 1995 NFC Championship game. Longtime Packer quarterback, Brett Favre, was 0-9 in Dallas.
The irony is almost unbelievable that the luxurious $1.3 billion stadium with room for 110,000 now has to play host to two franchises that have caused this city such heartache.
- Corby A. Yarbrough @AthlonCorby on Twitter
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