Dallas vs. Green Bay January 14, 1996
Running back Emmitt Smith rushed for 150 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns as the Cowboys overcame a Packers 27-24 lead in the fourth quarter. Green Bay scored first on kicker Chris Jacke’s 36-yard field goal, but Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman responded by throwing 2 touchdowns to wide receiver Michael Irvin. Packers quarterback Brett Favre countered with two touchdown passes of his own: a 73-yarder to Robert Brooks and a 24-yarder to tight end Keith Jackson. However, Cowboys kicker Chris Boniol made a 34-yard field goal to tie the game, 17-17. Dallas then took the lead with 24 seconds before halftime after marching 99 yards to score on running back Emmitt Smith’s 1-yard touchdown. Green Bay then scored 10 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 27-24 lead with Jacke’s 37-yard field goal and 1-yard touchdown completion from Favre to Brooks. But Dallas regained the lead in the fourth quarter after Smith’s 5-yard touchdown capped off a 90-yard possession. Then, Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown’s 28-yard interception return set up Smith’s 16-yard touchdown run to clinch the victory. Brooks finished the game with 6 receptions for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Green Bay, one win from its first Super Bowl in 28 years, held a fourth-quarter lead before succumbing to the offensive firepower of the eventual league champions.
Emmitt Smith (35-150), behind his massive offensive line, rushed for three touchdowns, ending the Packers’ season at Texas Stadium for the third straight year.
After the Packers converted a blocked punt into a field goal, Troy Aikman threw two TD passes to Michael Irvin. Brett Favre answered with two scores of his own — at the time a team postseason-record 73-yard pass to Robert Brooks and a Keith Jackson connection — to vault Green Bay into the lead, 17-14. Dallas added 10 points before halftime, though, to go up 24-17.
Green Bay got the second half’s first 10 points, including Favre’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Brooks, and held a 27-24 lead at the end of three quarters.
But Smith’s talents glistened in the fourth quarter. His two rushing TDs — sandwiched around Larry Brown’s drive-killing interception in Dallas territory — gave the Cowboys their third Super Bowl appearance in four years.