3. 1995: Cowboys 35, Giants 0 (+35)
Can I interest you in an absolute slaughter of the Giants? How about the second-biggest blowout win the Cowboys have ever had against the G-Men? Because both of those are rolled into one here.
It's only fitting that the Cowboys' last Super Bowl win came in a year that opened with a game like this.
Unlike the Steelers game in ’97, this blowout was absolutely on Emmitt Smith’s shoulders. Smith tallied 163 yards and 4 touchdowns, which at the time was just 1 shy of the record held by Cookie Gilchrist and Jim Brown.
Aikman and Irvin got in on the fun too, hooking up for 109 yards and a touchdown, but it was really Emmitt’s day in the spotlight.
The defense was lights-out too, but that’s kind of what you’d expect against a Dave Brown and Rodney Hampton led offense.
It was also nice to stick it to Herschel Walker, who was playing his first game in what turned out to be the lone season he spent on the Giants roster.
You hated seeing him in a Giants uniform, but we did hold Walker to just 2 yards on 2 carries and 30 total yards from scrimmage on 6 touches.
The Giants actually ended up forcing a close one (21-20 win for the ‘Boys) in our second meeting of the season, but this Week 1 beatdown set the stage for the Cowboys to open the year with 8 straight wins, solidifying themselves as the rightful Super Bowl favorites.