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Posted on: Monday, January 4, 2010

On this date: 1976 Dallas Cowboys first wild-card team to make it to the Super Bowl


Associated Press

Jan. 4

1970 The Minnesota Vikings become the first expansion team to win the NFL title by beating the Cleveland Browns 27-7 in 8-degree temperatures in Bloomington, Minn.

1970 Kansas City's defense, highlighted by four interceptions, three in the final quarter, carries the Chiefs to a 17-7 victory over Oakland Raiders in the last AFL title game.

1976 The Dallas Cowboys become the first wild-card team to make it to the Super Bowl with a 37-7 rout of the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC title game.

1986 Eric Dickerson shatters the NFL playoff record with 248 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead the Los Angeles Rams to a 20-0 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

1991 Fu Mingxia, a 12-year-old from China, becomes the youngest world titlist in the history of any aquatic event by winning the women's platform gold medal at the World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia.

1992 Mike Gartner of the New York Rangers scores his 1,000th NHL point with a power-play goal in the third period of a 6-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

1997 The Jacksonville Jaguars, in their second year, beat the Broncos in Denver to advance to the AFC championship game.

2000 Top-ranked Florida State, the preseason No. 1, holds off Virginia Tech 46-29 in the Sugar Bowl to finish 12-0 and win the national championship. Florida State is the first team to go wire-to-wire in The Associated Press' poll since preseason rankings began in 1950.

2002 Michael Jordan becomes the fourth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points, reaching the milestone for the Washington Wizards in an 89-83 win over his old team, the Chicago Bulls.

2003 Bode Miller wins his second straight World Cup giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, to move into first place in the World Cup overall standings. It's the first time an American man has held the overall lead since Phil Mahre in 1983.

2005 Matt Leinart throws five touchdown passes and Southern California overwhelms Oklahoma 55-19 in the Orange Bowl. USC (13-0) is the first team to repeat as AP national champions since Nebraska in 1994-95 and joins Florida State in 1999 as the only teams to go wire-to-wire from preseason to postseason bowls as No. 1.

2006 Second-ranked Texas ends Southern California's 34-game winning streak, beating the two-time defending national champion 41-38 in the Rose Bowl. The Longhorns also snap USC's record string of 33 consecutive weeks as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press Top 25. The Longhorns, a unanimous choice, win a national championship for the first time since 1969.