Dallas Cowboys: Super Bowl XXVII
The franchise captured a pair of Super Bowl titles in the 1970s but now the Cowboys were under the guidance of owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jimmy Johnson. There was steady growth after a 1-15 finish in 1989 and just three years later, the team won the first of three Super Bowls in four years by humiliating the Buffalo Bills, 52-17.
Denver Broncos: Super Bowl XXXII
Super Sunday had not been kind to the Broncos in four previous tries. And the AFC had dropped 13 straight Super Bowls. Mike Shanahan’s wild card team clashed with the defending Super Bowl champion Packers. But running back Terrell Davis (157 yards and 3 touchdowns) was too much for Green Bay as Denver pulled the upset, 31-24.
Detroit Lions: 1957 Western Conference Playoff
The Men from the Motor City last won a league title in 1957. But before pummeling the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Championship Game, quarterback Tobin Rote and his team had to overcome a 20-point third-quarter deficit against the San Francisco 49ers on the road (via the Pro Football Hall of Fame). The Lions rallied for a 31-27 win.