On January 15th, 1978, the Superdome in New Orleans played host to the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos as the two teams met to determine the best team in professional football. The teams would enter the contest with identical 12-2 regular-season marks.
That was not the only common denominator for the two squads. Dallas featured a dominating defense, Tom Landry’s famed Doomsday II, wile the Broncos countered with their highly touted Orange Crush Defense. It was inevitable that the defense that was best able to assert itself early on would create the best chance to win.
Both units were presented early opportunities to impact the game. Dallas tried to fumble the game away early, putting the ball on the carpet three times in their first two possessions. The Cowboys managed to retain possession on all three miscues.
Denver did not fare as well.


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