Cowboys Super Bowl appearances: How many times have the Dallas Cowboys made it to the Super Bowl?

Cowboys Super Bowl appearances: How many times have the Dallas Cowboys made it to the Super Bowl?

Lenah Ann
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:26 PM

There is a rich history regarding the Dallas Cowboys and the Super Bowl. The Cowboys' Super Bowl appearances are a distinct factor that has contributed to this history. Although they have not appeared in over a decade, they have won five Championships in eight appearances.

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Detail view of a college football logo sticker on the helmet of the Dallas at MetLife Stadium on 4 November 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo: Al Pereira
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The team has recorded the second-most wins in the Super Bowl history franchise and is the only National Football League squad to have won 20 straight seasons from 1966 to 1985. Consequently, the Cowboys have become a sought-after team in NFL history.

How many Super Bowl appearances have the Dallas Cowboys made as of 2023?

The Cowboys joined the NFL in 1960 under coach Tom Landry and have been an exceptional team ever since. As of 2023, they have won the Super Bowl five times in eight appearances. Here is a list of the Cowboys' Super Bowl appearances and wins.

8. 1971 season, vs Baltimore Colts (loss)

After joining the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys took 11 years to make their first Super Bowl appearance and lost against the Baltimore Colts with a score of 16-13. The Colts scored the winning goal with five seconds left in the game.

However, their teammate, Chuck Howley, won the Most Valuable Player Award and thus became the first linebacker to take home the award only quarterbacks previously won.

7. 1972 season, vs Miami Dolphins (win)

The Cowboys made their second appearance and recorded their first win in 1972, playing against the Miami Dolphins with a score of 23-3. They held them to 185 yards with no single touchdown, an epic defeat to the Dolphins.

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The Miami Dolphins defense against the Dallas offense during VI at Tulane Stadium 16 January 1972 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Focus on Sport
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On the other hand, the Cowboys recorded 252 rushing yards, giving them a massive advantage over their opponents. Roger Staubach, Chuck Duane, and Thomas Howley were the most iconic players of that era.

6. 1976 season, vs Pittsburgh Steelers (loss)

The Dallas Cowboys lost in their third appearance to the Steelers with a score of 21-17 in 1976. The opponents proved to be better than them, as they were the first team to win the Super Bowl consecutively.

Although the Steelers were losing, they came up strong in the final quarter and scored 14 more points, with the Cowboys scoring only one touchdown.

5. 1978 season, vs Denver Broncos (win)

In the 1978 season, the Cowboys appeared and won against the Broncos with a score of 21-10. During the match, the squad made eight forced turnovers and allowed eight pass completions with 61 yards to the opponent.

The season's Super Bowl went down in history as the most-watched match, with over 100 million fans watching both at home and in the stadium. Additionally, it was the first Super Bowl to be played in the Eastern United States.

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Tony Dorsett #33 carries the ball against the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XII on 15 January 1978 at the Louisiana Super dome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Focus on Sport
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4. 1979 season, vs Pittsburgh Steelers (loss)

After losing to the Steelers three years earlier, the Dallas had a rare opportunity for a rematch, but they lost again 35-31. Both teams were hoping for a third win which would have transcended to being the first squad to bag the coveted award three times.

It was the most exciting and thrilling event to watch, featuring teams that had taken home the Super Bowl and won twice in the same decade. Eleven Cowboys players from the season's team ended up in the Hall of Fame.

3. 1993 season, vs Buffalo Bills (win)

The 90s were the best years the Dallas ever had, with a huge winning streak. They recorded their biggest win by scoring 52-17 against the Buffalo Bills, making the game look like a walk in the park.

The Cowboys had magnificent players like Troy Aikman, who made four touchdown passes, and Emmitt Smith, who made 108 rushing yards proving that they deserved to win the Super Bowl.

2. 1994 season, vs Buffalo Bills (win)

The Cowboys made their seventh appearance and recorded their fourth win, scoring 30-13 in a match against the Bills in the 1994 season. This was their second time defeating their opponents, the Bills, consecutively.

During the match, the Bills stood no chance as they were met by Emmitt Smith, who rushed for 132 yards and made two touchdowns.

1.1996 season, vs Pittsburgh Steelers (win)

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Dallas head coach Barry Switzer receives a celebratory cold bath in the final moments of the team's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on 28 January 1996 in Tempe, Arizona. Photo: Greg Crisp
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The Dallas' eighth appearance happened during the 1996 season while playing against their long-time rivals, the Steelers, winning 27-17. They took an early lead thanks to Troy Aikman, Chris Boniol, and Jay Novacek for scoring an early 13 crucial points.

The Boys finally avenged their opponent, with Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Michael Irwin being unstoppable and regarded as the team's most valuable members.

How many Super Bowls have the Cowboys played in?

They have played eight Super Bowls and won five times, thus becoming one of the NFL teams to go down in history with the second-most appearances.

Who has won the most Super Bowls?

The record for the most wins is held by the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have both won six times, the most recent being the 2019 and 2009 Super Bowls, respectively.

How many times has Dallas made it to the playoffs?

Among the most iconic NFL teams, Dallas has the most playoff appearances, 35, tying with the Green Bay Packers.

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Trevon Diggs and NFC celebrates after intercepting a pass intended for Stefon Diggs of the Buffalo Bills during the 2023 NFL Pro Bowl Games on 5 February 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller
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When was the last time the Cowboys won a Super Bowl?

The last time the Dallas won was during the 1995/96 season. They faced and defeated the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC game and later played against the Stealers and won.

How can you watch and live stream Super Bowl 2023?

The 2023 Super Bowl was held at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and was watched on the FOX television channel.

The numerous Cowboys' Super Bowl appearances made them a great NFL team with a massive global fan base. Even though they have not appeared in over two decades, fans from all over are still hopeful that they will be there sooner or later.

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Lenah Ann is a Kenyan-based content creator with 2 years of experience. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media and Communication from Dedan Kimathi, Kenya in 2021.