In early 1960 Clint Murchison, Jr., and Bedford Wynne were awarded an expansion franchise in to the NFL and on September 24th the Cowboys hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Cotton Bowl in their first official game. The Cowboys were winless in their inaugural season with a record of 0-11-1. The next season the Cowboys won their first ever game defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24. In 1966 President and GM Tex Schramm became heavily involved in the negotiations as the AFL and NFL agreed to a merger setting up a season ending Championship Game, later to be referred to as the Super Bowl. On October 24, 1971 the Cowboys played their first game in their state of the art stadium and defeated the New England Patriots 44-21. That year they returned to the Super Bowl for the second straight season and won their first championship defeating the Dolphins 24-3.