T4. 1997: Cowboys 37, Steelers 7 (+30)
An even more disappointing season, the 1997 campaign saw the Cowboys finish just 6-10. Again, that didn’t make a Week 1 win any less exciting at the time.
Troy Aikman had one of the best games of his career, racking up 295 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions on 19-of-30 passing.
That included 2 touchdowns and 153 yards coming from Michael Irvin, while Daryl Johnston (65 yards, 1 TD) and Anthony Miller (43 yards, 1 TD) did the rest of the heavy lifting through the air.
Emmitt Smith didn’t find much success, tallying 69 yards, but he was tough as ever with his 26 carries.
Maybe most impressive about that scoring onslaught? It was really a three-quarter performance, as the Dallas O struggled to get much of anything going in the first. The game was 0-0 after one and the Dallas offense hadn't even crossed midfield until the second-last play of the quarter. And then the floodgates opened.
The defense was also stellar, holding Kordell Stewart to 104 yards with 1 TD and 1 pick on 13-of-28 passing, and limiting Jerome Bettis to just 63 yards on the ground.
The game wasn’t even as close as that 30-point margin of victory might suggest either, as it was well into garbage time when Stewart finally hit Mark Bruener in the end zone to get the Steelers on the board for the final score of the game with just over 3 minutes remaining.
Next up is the performance we'll really be trying to replicate on Sunday night.