Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys, 1994
The circa 1992-1995 Dallas Cowboys are regarded as one of the greatest teams in NFL history, and in 1994 they were at their peak. They were the defending Super Bowl champions, and had the Big-Three intact — quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith and wide receiver Michael Irvin, who all made the Hall of Fame.
Tackle Larry Allen and defensive end Charles Haley are also enshrined in Canton. Add to that the other players who made the Pro Bowl in 1994; namely, safety Darren Woodson, defensive tackle Leon Lett, guard Nate Newton, tackle Mark Tuinei, tight end Jay Novacek and fullback Daryl Johnston.
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Coach Jimmy Johnson had been fired in a fit of egotism by Jerry Jones (Art Modell’s main competitor for the title of owner/genius) and replaced by Barry Switzer. Despite that folly, the ’94 Cowboys were still one of the great teams in the NFL, and were headed to another showdown with the San Francisco 49ers.
Obviously, the Browns could not have gone into Texas and played the Cowboys even-up, right? Could Vinny Testaverde have come out on top over Troy Aikman? Leroy Hoard over Emmitt Smith? Michael Jackson over Michael Irvin? That just seems like too much to ask for.
Okay, so you do not have to believe it if it is too large of a stretch.
You will just have to watch the game to see how it unfolds. I will tell you that, like many of the Belichick era games, the Cowboys score more touchdowns, but the Browns kick more field goals. Both teams played unbelievable defense in this game, making it almost a throwback to the early 1970s.
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