On this day twenty years ago, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 30-13 in Super Bowl XXVIII. It was their second straight Super Bowl victory, and they were on top of the football world. They would go on to win Super Bowl XXX two years later to cement themselves as a true dynasty.
I’m sure that Super Bowl XXVIII seems like a lifetime ago for most Cowboy fans. Dallas has not sniffed a Super Bowl since they won three out of four in the mid-90s. After three straight 8-8 seasons, Dallas fans would love to see the Cowboys just make the playoffs. Some Cowboy fans are too young to really enjoy how good those Cowboy Super Bowl teams really were, and some Cowboy fans were not even born yet.
As the world prepares to watch Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night, some Cowboy fans may see some similarities between one of the teams and the Dallas Super Bowl teams of those dynasty years. That team is the Seattle Seahawks.
Dallas was led by head coach Jimmy Johnson who won national championships with the Miami Hurricanes at the college level, and Seattle is led by head coach Pete Carroll who won national championships with the USC Trojans. One of the biggest strengths of both coaches is their vast knowledge of college players which helped them build their teams through great drafts.
The Cowboys of those dynasty years had overpowering offensive lines as well as a great running back in Emmitt Smith, and the Seahawks have a powerful offensive line with a great running back in Marshawn Lynch. Dallas had the No. 2 ranked defense in football going into Super Bowl XXVIII, and Seattle will bring the No. 1 ranked defense into the Super Bowl this year.
The similarities between these two teams are not just on the field. The 1990s Cowboys rubbed some people the wrong way. They were accused of being loud, brash and cocky. Jimmy Johnson liked it that way. Many fans on Sunday will be cheering against the Seahawks because they feel Seattle is loud, brash and cocky. Pete Carroll does not seem to mind it either.
I am not here to say Seattle will win three of the next four Super Bowls; they may not even win Sunday. However, there is no denying the similarities. When Cowboy fans tune into Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, they are likely to have deja vu of past glory while dreaming of a brighter future.