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'Ice Bowl' by Guest Historian Chris Oakley Guest Historian Chris Oakley says, thanks for visiting TIAH. In this thread, I explore how NFL history might have been changed if the Dallas Cowboys had won the famous 'Ice Bowl' game at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers at the end of the
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On this day in 1974, Cowboys head coach Tom Landy said in an interview for CBS Sports that Roger Staubach would return as Dallas starting quarterback for the 1974 NFL season; however, lingering medical problems stemming from Staubach's concussion would force Landry to bench him before the season was over.
On this day in 1968, Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Forrest Gregg held an impromptu press conference to announce his immediate and permanent retirement from the NFL. Gregg, still heartbroken over the Packers' defeat by the Dallas Cowboys in the legendary Ice Bowl the previous December, said at that press conference he could no longer summon up the motivation to keep going out on the field.
On this day in 1967, the Green Bay Packers' hopes for a third straight NFL championship and a spot in Super Bowl II against the AFL champion Oakland Raiders were dashed in the so-called 'Ice Bowl' when the Dallas Cowboys scored a touchdown with less than a minute left in regulation to take a 24-21 lead; a field goal by the Packers tied the game at the end of regulation, but in overtime Dallas scored a field goal of their own to clinch a 27-24 victory and their first NFL title. One Green Bay player, offensive lineman Forrest Gregg, was so heartbroken over the defeat that he would retire from pro football permanently just two games into the 1968 NFL season.
Packers coach Vince Lombardi would later call the loss to Dallas the worst moment of his career; by contrast, Cowboys head coach Tom Landry would look back with pride on the way his team had bounced back against the odds to take down the Packers. The Cowboys' surprising triumph in the 1967 NFL title game was just the first of many such comeback playoff wins Landry would rack up before he retired in 1988.
On this day in 1969, the Dallas Cowboys, heavily favored to win Super Bowl III, were handed a shocking upset loss as the AFL champion New York Jets came back from a 10-7 second quarter deficit to beat Dallas 16-13. Jets starting quarterback Joe Namath was named Super Bowl MVP for engineering the drive that clinched the victory for
On this day in 1969, the Dallas Cowboys rallied from a second half deficit to beat the Cleveland Browns 41-38 in the 1969 NFL divisional playoffs.
On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys won their second Super Bowl championship in team history, beating the Kansas City Chiefs 24-10. The next day Dallas head coach Tom Landry was signed to a new five-year contract that doubled
his existing salary.
On this day in 1970, the Cowboys notched their third straight win with a 31-point shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 21-17 for their seventh consecutive win of the 1970 NFL season.
On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys hammered the St. Louis Cardinals at home 37-0 for their ninth win of the 1970 NFL season.
On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys went to 12-0 with a 34-point home shutout of the Washington Redskins. The victory sparked talk that Dallas might tie or surpass the 15-game undefeated streak notched by the Cleveland Browns during the 1948 AAFC season.
On this day in 1971, the Dallas Cowboys won their third Super Bowl under Tom Landry, defeating the Baltimore Colts 17-13 to cap off a historic 17-0 season; Dallas starting quarterback Craig Morton was named Super Bowl MVP.
The Cowboys' undefeated streak would later extend into the first five weeks of the 1971 NFL regular season before being snapped with an overtime loss against the New England Patriots in Week 6.
On this day in 1971, historic 22-game NFL winning streak was finally halted with a 23-17 overtime loss against the New England Patriots at the Cotton Bowl. Cowboys starting quarterback Craig Morton suffered a separated right shoulder late in the third quarter and would not play again until Week 10 of the 1971 NFL season.
On this day in 1971, the Dallas Cowboys beat the St. Louis Cardinals 34-12 at the Cotton Bowl to finish the 1971 NFL regular season at 12-2.
On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys' quest to regain the Super Bowl championship hit a major snag when they blew a 14-6 lead against the New York Giants at Yankee Stadium and ended up losing 23-14; that defeat started a four-game losing streak that would seriously jeopardize their playoff hopes for the 1972 NFL season.
On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys snapped their four-game losing streak with a 24-20 comeback victory over the Washington Redskins.
On this day in 1972, the Cowboys improved to 7-4 for the 1972 NFL season with a 27-10 Thanksgiving Day win over the San Francisco 49ers.
On this day in 1973, the Cowboys avenged their previous year's Super Bowl defeat by Miami, winning over the Dolphins in overtime 20-17 in Super Bowl VII. The Dallas victory marked the first time the NFL championship had been decided in OT since the Baltimore Colts' 23-17 win over the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL title game.
On this day in 1973, Cowboys first-string quarterback Craig Morton injured his throwing arm during a preseason team workout; the injury would sideline him for more than two months. As a result, Morton's backup Roger Staubach would be the starting QB for Dallas when the Cowboys opened their 1973 NFL season.