This week the Dallas Cowboys travel down to The Big Easy to face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football. This is our third prime time game on NBC’s featured game. Previously this year the Cowboys have defeated their Division Rivals, the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. I consider all prime time games to be rather big games.
The Dallas Cowboys have a nice History of winning big games in New Orleans. I am talking of course about Super Bowls. In 1971 the Cowboys traveled to New Orleans and Tulane Stadium to face the Miami Dolphins and the original “No Name Defense.” In fact, the only “No Name Defense.” That nickname is theirs just as America’s Team is ours.
Prior to 1971 the Cowboys were always “Next Year’s Champions.” From 1966 through 1970 they had been one of the most formidable teams in the entire NFL, but when it came time for big things, they did not get it done. After the 1970 season Dallas traveled to Miami to face the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V. They would lose the game 13-16 in an absolute comedy of errors that dubbed this Championship as “The Blunder Bowl.” Bob Lilly was so frustrated after the game that he literally launched his helmet about 40 yards. It is to this day the most iconic image from the game.
After the 1971 season the Cowboys left the memories in Miami behind to face Miami’s team. It was a game old time Cowboys fans like me will never forget. The Cowboys were supposed to collapse like always. They were supposed to get run over by the Dolphins vaunted running attack of Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick, and Mercury Morris. The No Names were supposed to handle Roger Staubach and his Offense. Roger had other ideas and so did the Doomsday Defense.