NFL Super Bowl VI: Cowboys 24 Dolphins 3
The Cowboys Defeat the Dolphins 24-3 to win Super Bowl VI, Cowboys QB Roger Staubach named MVP
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 margin.
Howley intercepted Bob Griese's pass at the 50 and returned it to the Miami 9 early in the fourth period, 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 previous 6 NFL regular season, 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 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 MVP: Roger Staubach QB Dallas Cowboys
Staubach, was 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
|SUPER BOWL VI SCORING||Q1||Q2||Q3||Q4||Final|
DAL FG Clark 9, 13:37
DAL Alworth 7 pass from Staubach (Clark kick), 13:45
MIA FG Yepremian 31, 14:56
DAL D. Thomas 3 run (Clark kick), 5:17
DAL Ditka 7 pass from Staubach (Clark kick), 3:18
|Total First Downs||23||10|
|Total Net Yardage||352||185|
|Total Offensive Plays||69||44|
|Avg. Gain Per Offensive Play||5.1||4.2|
|Yards Gained Rushing (Net)||252||80|
|Avg. Yards per Rush||5.3||4.0|
|Tackled Attempting to Pass||2||1|
|Yards Lost Attempting to Pass||19||29|
|Yards Gained Passing (Net)||100||105|
|Punt Return Yardage||-1||21|
|Kickoff Return Yardage||34||122|
|Interception Return Yardage||41||0|
|Own Fumbles Recovered||0||0|
|Opponent Fumbles Recovered||2||1|
|Field Goals Attempted||1||2|
|Third-Down Efficiency||7 / 14||2 / 9|
|Fourth-Down Efficiency||1 / 1||0 / 0|
|Time of Possession||39:12||20:48|
Dallas Cowboys Player Statistics
Miami Dolphins Player Statistics
January 17, 1972
Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, LA)
Super Bowl Games & Super Bowl MVP History
Super Bowl I
Green Bay Packers 35 Kansas City Chiefs 10
Super Bowl II
Green Bay Packers 33 Oakland Raiders 14
Super Bowl III
New York Jets 16 Baltimore Colts 7
Super Bowl IV
Kansas City Chiefs 23 Minnesota Vikings 7
Super Bowl V
Baltimore Colts 16 Dallas Cowboys 13
Super Bowl VI
Dallas Cowboys 24 Miami Dolphins 3
Super Bowl VII
Miami Dolphins 14 Washington Redskins 7
Super Bowl VIII
Miami Dolphins 24 Minnesota Vikings 7
Super Bowl IX
Pittsburgh Steelers 16 Minnesota Vikings 6
Super Bowl X
Steelers 21 Dallas Cowboys 17
Super Bowl XI
Oakland Raiders 32 Minnesota Vikings 14
Super Bowl XII
Cowboys 27 Denver Broncos 10
Super Bowl XIII
Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Dallas Cowboys 31
Super Bowl XIV
Pittsburgh Steelers 31 Los Angeles Rams 19
Super Bowl XV
Oakland Raiders 27 Philadelphia Eagles 10
Super Bowl XVI
San Francisco 49ers 26 Cincinnati Bengals 21
Super Bowl XVII
Washington Redskins 27 Miami Dolphins 17
Super Bowl XVIII
Los Angeles Raiders 38 Washington Redskins 9
Super Bowl XIX
San Francisco 49ers 38 Miami Dolphins 16
Super Bowl XX
Chicago Bears 46 New England Patriots 10
Super Bowl XXI
New York Giants 39 Denver Broncos 20
Super Bowl XXII
Washington Redskins 42 Denver Broncos 10
Super Bowl XXIII
San Francisco 49ers 20 Cincinnati Bengals 16
Super Bowl XXIV
San Francisco 49ers 55 Denver Broncos 10
Super Bowl XXV
New York Giants 20 Buffalo Bills 19
Super Bowl XXVI
Washington Redskins 37 Buffalo Bills 24
Super Bowl XXVII
Dallas Cowboys 52 Buffalo Bills 17
Super Bowl XXVIII
Dallas Cowboys 30 Buffalo Bills 13
Super Bowl XXIX
San Francisco 49ers 49 San Diego Chargers 26
Super Bowl XXX
Dallas Cowboys 27 Pittsburgh Steelers 17
Super Bowl XXXI
Green Bay Packers 35 New England Patriots 21
Super Bowl XXXII
Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24
Super Bowl XXXIII
Denver Broncos 34 Atlanta Falcons 19
Super Bowl XXXIV
Saint Louis Rams 23 Tennessee Titans 16
Super Bowl XXXV
Baltimore Ravens 34 New York Giants 7
Super Bowl XXXVI
New England Patriots 20 Saint Louis Rams 17
Super Bowl XXXVII
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 Oakland Raiders 21
Super Bowl XXXVIII
New England Patriots 32 Carolina Panthers 29
Super Bowl XXXIX
New England Patriots 24 Philadelphia Eagles 21
Super Bowl XL
Steelers 21 Seahawks 10
Super Bowl XLI
Colts 29 Bears 17
Super Bowl XLII
New York Giants 17 New England Patriots 14
Super Bowl XLIII
Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Arizona Cardinals 23
Super Bowl XLIV
New Orleans Saints 31 Indianapolis Colts 17