Superbowl 6 Review: Summary, Statistics, and More
By Wilson of Predictem.com
Dallas Cowboys -6, O/U 34 vs. Miami Dolphins +6, O/U 34 Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisana Attendance: 81, 023 TV: CBS
The Cowboys were very determined to play well in this superbowl game after a dissapointing loss to the Baltimore Colts in Superbowl 5. The Cowboys came into the game as 6 point favorites under the leadership of head coach Tom Landry. Landry was in his 12th season and counting on his quarterbacks Roger Stabauch and Craig Morton to lead them to a super bowl victory.
Don Shula was in his second year as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Shula’s Dolphins made the playoffs for the first time in team history the year before, and now he wanted more success. The Dolphins were confident that they could win a superbowl behind the leadership of Shula and QB Bob Griese.
Dallas played like a team on a mission as they rushed for a then superbowl record 252 yards. The Cowboy’s defense clamped it down by only allowing Miami to accumulate 185 yards of total offense. Miami set a record at the time as the only team not to score a touchdown in a superbowl game.
Miami’s running back Larry Csonka did not fumble at all that season until the first quarter of the superbowl. Csonka missed a Bob Greise handoff which was recovered by the Cowboy’s Chuck Howley (previous year’s SB MVP). The Cowboys capitalized by kicking a 9-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead into the second quarter.
Dallas QB, Roger Staubach, took the boys on a 76 yard drive toward the end of the 2nd quarter and scored on a 7-yard pass to Lance Alworth. The Cowboys took a 10-0 lead with just over a minute remaining in the first half. However, Miami did manage to work the ball down the field for a 31-yard field goal by Garo Yepremian to make it a 10-3 Dallas lead at the half.
The second half was all Cowboys as Roger Staubach took the team on a 76 yard drive to start the 3rd quarter with another touchdown. In the 4th quarter Cowboy linebacker Chuck Howley intercepted a Greise pass that setup a Staubach TD pass to tight end Mike Ditka that put the game well out of reach for the Dolphins.
Final Score: Dallas Cowboys 24, Miami 3
Point Spread: Cowboys -6
Game MVP: Roger Staubach
Head Coaches: Dallas Cowboys: Tom Landry, Miami Dolphins: Don Shula
National Athem: US Air Force Academy
Halftime Show: “Salute to Louis Armstrong”
30 Second Commercial: $86,000
Behind the Scenes Story:
Before Super Bowl 6, head coach Don Shula received a call from then President of the United States Richard M. Nixon at 1:30 a.m. Nixon told Shula that he had a play that he thought would work versus Dallas; a specific pass play to Warfeild. The play was called in the 1st quarter but it didn’t work as it was busted up by Mel Renfro.
Also, Cowboy’s coach Tom Landry said before the superbowl that he couldn’t recall any names of the players for the Dolphin’s defense but he admitted that they were a deep concern for him. Soon after word got out regarding Landry’s comment the press started referring to the Dolphin’s defense as the “No-Name” defense.
This game was supposed to be the last played in Tulane Stadium as the league was hoping the new Louisana Superdome would be ready for the 1972 season. The Superdome was not completed until 1975. Therefore Superbowl 9 was the last SB played in Tulane Stadium, which was demolished in 1979.
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