Dallas Cowboys, Champions of Super Bowl LV: Bizarre Yet Possible

Published 01/03/2021, 8:02 AM EST
Dec 8, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) celebrates with quarterback Andy Dalton (14) after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


It’s February the 7th, and the Dallas Cowboys are at the Chiefs’ 16-yard-line. With 8 seconds remaining on the clock, the Cowboys are down 20-17. QB Andy Dalton gets ready to take the all-important snap. A successful drive and they win it all. A failed attempt, and it is the Chiefs who win their second consecutive Super Bowl.

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Dalton takes the snap and fakes it to Elliot, who draws a few players away. The former Bengals QB then looks to his left for Amari Cooper, who, he sees, is wide open in the endzone.

With the pocket now collapsing, Dalton makes the throw, Cooper leaps and towers over Chiefs’ safety Tyrann Mathieu who tries to make an interception. Cooper collects the ball, and he holds on as he plummets to the ground. Touchdown! The Cowboys win Super Bowl LV! 

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Wait a minute, before we let the Cowboys revel in the blue and white confetti at Tampa, let’s take a look at how America’s Team defied all odds, made a guy who bet on them to be Super Bowl champions midway through the regular season a millionaire, and reached the summit of the National Football League. 

It all starts with that win against the Giants

In a must-win game against their division rivals, New York Giants, the Cowboys claimed a convincing 30-17 victory as Giants QB Daniel Jones continued to struggle with his injuries.

But the win alone would not be enough to seal a playoff berth for the Cowboys. The Cowboys watched on with bated breath the final game of the regular season as the Washington Football Team took on the Philly Eagles.

The Cowboys needed a favor from the Eagles to enter the postseason with a 7-9 record. And that they got as Jalen Hurts sealed a win for the Eagles with a Philly Special. The Cowboys were the NFC East champions, and Twitter lost its mind. 

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Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) warms up prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys still had a long road ahead of them, entering the Playoffs as the NFC’s 4th seed and the only team with a losing record, no one expected them to make a deep playoff run. And taking on the Tom Brady led Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first playoff round seemed like an insurmountable task. 

But the Cowboys persevered and against all odds and sank Brady’s Buccaneers at the AT&T Stadium as the Bucs struggled to get their running game going. With the Wild Card run done with, next up, the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round at the Lambeau Field. 

Dallas Cowboys turn up at just the right time

In near-freezing conditions, the Cowboys took to the pitch against the Super Bowl favorites led by Aaron Rodgers. The Packers got the first points on the board with their first drive of the game. For the Cowboys, it looked like a case of win or bust.

But this is the game where Ezekiel Elliott announced his return to the big stage. With a game-winning 3 touchdown performance, the Cowboys did the unthinkable.

They beat Rodgers at home in the Playoffs. Suddenly, the Super Bowl didn’t look like a distant dream anymore. The Cowboys had one final challenge to surpass on their way to the grandest stage of them all. And that challenge was the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Conference Finals. 

Dec 20, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (30) reacts after an interception against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys needed all the momentum in the world to prevent the New Orleans side from marching into the Super Bowl. And as you guessed it by now. They did.

The second-year running back, Tony Pollard, along with Elliott, ran riot from the Dallas backfield. And a last-minute 40-yard field goal conversion by Greg Zuerlein was enough to seal a tightly contested 26-25 win over the Saints.

Tumbling back to reality

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Yes, all this could very well happen. But the odds of this going down are slimmer than the odds of Aaron Rodgers throwing 5 interceptions in a game. The Cowboys have a ridiculously tough road to the Super Bowl.

One, if they manage, will be the greatest Super Bowl run in NFL history. While a place in the postseason is still up for grabs, it’s unlikely that the Dallas Cowboys can even win a single game in the Playoffs. Let alone a Super Bowl. 

But hey, then again, nothing can be ruled out just yet. For Cowboys fans, one could quote Pete from the age-old classic ‘Rudy’ – “Well, you know what my dad always said, ‘Having dreams is what makes life tolerable’.”

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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