Cowboys Flashback: Cowboys vs Lions 1994

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The Detroit Lions won the game in overtime as Jason Hanson lined up and kicked a 44-yard field goal.

The Lions went on to a 9-7 record that season and lost in the Wild Card round of the playoffs to the Brett Favre-led Green Bay Packers.  The Cowboys went on to the NFC Championship game and lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers.

Nov 1, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Former Dallas Cowboys, and Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes head coach Jimmy Johnson is seen on the sidelines during a game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The 1994 season was also noted as the season of change for the Cowboys.  After their back-to-back Super Bowl wins, former coach Jimmy Johnson left the March before and coming to replace him was former Oklahoma Sooner coach Barry Switzer to take over as the third coach in Cowboys history.  The NFL draft only netted one big name pick for the Cowboys. A kid from tiny, Sonoma State University by the name of Larry Allen.  Allen’s career with the Cowboys was a fruitful one as he was entered into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past year.

Despite the fact that Dallas lost in a heartbreaker, watching two Hall of Fame running backs would make any football fan giddy.  I remember watching the game and thinking how lucky the fans were to see such a rare spectacle of two high class, hardworking running backs duel it out on national television.  Emmitt Smith would enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.  Due to the fact that Barry Sanders retired so early in his career, he entered the Hall of Fame in 2004.

The Cowboys lead the series 13-11 and have had some memorable games over the years.  This just ear marks one of the classics played between the two teams.

Dallas and Detroit set to kick off at 12:00 PM CST on FOX with former Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman possibly set to be one of the announcers for the game.  FOX has two former Cowboys calling games for them, along with Aikman, Darryl “Moose” Johnston is a part of the FOX NFL broadcast team.

 

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