Perhaps the most remarkable factor in Dallas's 20-5 regular-season record over this year and last has been the lack of injuries. Until quarterback Troy Aikman strained his left hamstring on Nov. 7, causing him to miss his start on Sunday against Phoenix, not a single key player had missed a game because of injury since Charles Haley sat out one start on Nov. 22, 1992, with an injured groin. Dallas's injury tally is in line with that of the five teams that have won two consecutive Super Bowls, which may help explain the success of those teams.
"From what I see," says Packer Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Nitschke, " Dallas has a lot in common with us. Lombardi got us in great football shape. The Dallas players love to play and hate to be out of the lineup. Same with us. We had an attitude. We weren't coming out of the game. We played hard, and we didn't let the nagging injuries get to us."
SI selected 10 key players from each of the five back-to-back Super Bowl champions and compared their injury status in those years with that of Dallas's key players.