Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys 24 Miami Dolphins 3 - MVP Cowboys QB Roger Staubach
Super Bowl VI: Cowboys 24 Dolphins 3 - MVP Cowboys QB Roger Staubach

Bouncing back from a devastating Super Bowl V defeat a year earlier, the Dallas Cowboys brought home its first of five Super Bowl titles with a 24-3 win over the Dolphins. Outdueling his Miami counterpart Bob Griese, Roger Staubach found wide receiver Lance Alworth and tight end Mike Ditka in the end zone for touchdown passes. In addition to his 119 yards through the air, Staubach directed the potent Cowboys' rushing game up and down the field in this victory.

The Dallas Cowboys dominated Super Bowl VI on both sides of the ball to defeat the Miami Dolphins 24-3.

On offense, the Cowboys set Super Bowl records for the most rushing yards (252) and most first downs (23). The Cowboys "Doomsday Defense" was even more dominating as they limited the Miami Dolphins to the least total yards allowed in a Super Bowl (185) and the least points allowed (3) while not allowing a touchdown for the first time in Super Bowl history.

Dallas converted Chuck Howley's recovery of Larry Csonka's first fumble of the season into a 3-0 advantage and led at halftime 10-3. After Dallas received the second-half kickoff, Duane Thomas led a 71-yard march in eight plays for a 17-3 lead. Howley intercepted Bob Griese's pass at the 50 and returned it to the Miami 9 early in the fourth quarter, and three plays later Roger Staubach passed 7 yards to Mike Ditka for the final touchdown. Thomas rushed for 95 yards and Walt Garrison gained 74.

After years of struggling to win the big game, the Dallas Cowboys finally won their first NFL championship and Super Bowl title, along with revenge for the Cowboys close 16-13 loss to the Colts in Super Bowl V, by defeating Miami 24-3.

Even though they were the winningest team over the six previous NFL regular seasons, the Cowboys had lost to the Green Bay Packers in the 1966 and 1967 NFL Championship Games, then lost to the Cleveland Browns in the division round playoffs in 1968 and 1969. In 1970, the Cowboys lost to the Colts in Super Bowl V.

In 1971, the Cowboys won the NFC East with the league's best record (11-3).

After a 4-3 start, Cowboys coach Tom Landry decided that splitting playing time between quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Craig Morton was not working. Landry chose Staubach as the starter and the Cowboys went undefeated the remainder of the NFL regular season and throughout the playoffs.

In the playoffs, the Cowboys defeated the Minnesota Vikings (20-12) and, then, the San Francisco 49ers (14-3) to win their second NFC title.

The Dolphins, in only their 6th season as an NFL franchise, won the AFC East with a 10-3-1 record under Don Shula.

In the playoffs, the Dolphins first defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in double overtime, and then, shut out the Colst 21-0 to advance to Super Bowl VI.

Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys 24 Miami Dolphins 3 - MVP Cowboys QB Roger Staubach
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Super Bowl VI MVP: Roger Staubach, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Super Bowl VI MVP: Roger Staubach, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl VI MVP: Roger Staubach, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Roger Staubach, voted the game's most valuable player, completed 12 of 19 passes for 119 yards, threw two touchdown passes and rushed 5 times for 18 yards.

The Cowboys' rushing attack was the driving force in their victory, and quarterback Roger Staubach earned the Most Valuable Player award for directing that attack.

Leading 3-0, Dallas made it 10-0 on Staubach's 7-yard touchdown pass to Lance Alworth following a second-quarter Miami fumble. Staubach finished off the scoring in the fourth quarter with another 7-yard touchdown pass, this time to tight end Mike Ditka.

During the regular season, Roger Staubach was the NFL's top rated passer (101.8) as he threw for 1,882 yards and 15 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions. Staubach added 343 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 41 carries.

 

 

Super Bowl VI Scoring

Teams Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Source: NFL
Dallas Cowboys377721
Miami Dolphins03003

 

1st Quarter

Cowboys: Clark 9-yard Field Goal, 13:37

2nd Quarter

Cowboys: Alworth 7-yard TD pass from Staubach (Clark PAT), 13:45

Dolphins: Yepremian 31-yard Field Goal, 14:56

3rd Quarter

Cowboys: D. Thomas 3-yard TD run (Clark PAT), 5:17

4th Quarter

Cowboys: Ditka 7-yard TD pass from Staubach (Clark PAT), 3:18

Super Bowl VI Team Statistics

Team Statistics Cowboys Dolphins
Source: NFL
Total First Downs2310
First Downs - Rushing153
First Downs - Passing87
First Downs - Penalty00
Total Net Yardage352185
Total Offensive Plays6944
Avg. Gain Per Offensive Play5.14.2
Rushes4820
Yards Gained Rushing (Net)25280
Avg. Yards per Rush5.34.0
Passes Attempted1923
Passes Completed1212
Had Intercepted01
Tackled Attempting to Pass21
Yards Lost Attempting to Pass1929
Yards Gained Passing (Net)100105
Punts55
Avg. Distance37.240.0
Punt Returns11
Punt Return Yardage-121
Kickoff Returns25
Kickoff Return Yardage34122
Interception Return Yardage410
Fumbles12
Own Fumbles Recovered00
Opponent Fumbles Recovered21
Penalties30
Yards Penalized150
Field Goals11
Field Goals Attempted12
Third-Down Efficiency7 / 142 / 9
Fourth-Down Efficiency1 / 10 / 0
Time of Possession39:1220:48

Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys Player Stats

Source: NFL
PassingComp / AttYardsTDINT
Staubach12/1911920
RushingCarriesYardsTDLong
D. Thomas1995123
Garrison1474017
Hill725013
Staubach51805
Ditka117017
Hayes116016
Reeves1707
ReceivingCatchesYardsTDLong
D. Thomas317011
Alworth228121
Ditka228121
Hayes223018
Garrison21107
Hill112012
InterceptionsINTYardsLongTD
Howley141410
Punting#AVGLongBlocked
Widby537.2470
Punt Returns#/FCYardsLongTD
Hayes1/1-110
Harris0/20**0
Kickoff Returns#YardsLongTD
I. Thomas123230
Waters111110

 

Super Bowl VI: Miami Dolphins Player Stats

Source: NFL
PassingComp / AttYardsTDINT
Griese12/2313401
RushingCarriesYardsTDLong
Kiick104009
Csonka940012
Griese1000
ReceivingCatchesYardsTDLong
Warfield439023
Kiick321011
Csonka218016
Fleming127027
Twilley120020
Mandich1909
InterceptionsINTYardsLongTD
None
Punting#AVGLongBlocked
Seiple540.0450
Punt Returns#/FCYardsLongTD
Scott1/021210
Kickoff ReturnsNOYDSLGTD
Kickoff Returns#YardsLongTD
Morris490370
Ginn132320

 

 

January 17, 1972

Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, LA)

Attendance: 81,023

National Anthem: U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale

Coin Toss: Jim Tunney

Halftime Show: "Salute to Louis Armstrong" with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and the U.S. Marine Corps Drill Team

Network: CBS

Announcers: Ray Scott and Pat Summerall

Nielsen ratings: 44.2 (est. 56.64 million viewers)

Cost of 30-second commercial: $86,000

 

 

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