Dallas fans might still be bummed out about the Cowboys' early exit from the playoffs, but a recent study from WalletHub could give them something to cheer about heading into Super Bowl Sunday.
The study touted Dallas as the fourth-best city in the United States for football fans and the third-best NFL city.
(Of course, the Dallas Cowboys were called the most valuable sports team in the world by Forbes in 2016. But sure: WalletHub says Dallas is the third-ranked city in the NFL.)
Green Bay, Wis., topped the overall rankings, followed by Pittsburgh and New York. Houston landed at unlucky No. 13 on the list, meaning the Dallas Cowboys' home turf is far and away a better football city than the Houston Texans'.
The Texans' stadium was also noted as one of the least-accessible NFL stadiums in the study.
Reflecting on the Dallas football experience on the eve of the Super Bowl might bring back bad memories of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium, an event that was marred by severe winter weather during the week leading up to the game as well as controversy over tickets and seating that resulted in a class-action lawsuit against the Cowboys and the NFL.
Fortunately, Icemageddon hasn't hurt the perception of Dallas football, according to WalletHub.
Cowboys' faithful can have confidence that they're getting one of the best fan experiences in the nation.
The fine print: U.S. cities with at least one college or professional football team were included in the study; 244 in total. The cities were graded on a 100-point scale based on 17 metrics, including the number of teams, number of championships, value of franchises, fan engagement, average ticket prices and attendance. Cities were divided into large (more than 300,000 people), midsize (125,000 to 300,000) and small (fewer than 125,000) categories. Dallas came in third among large cities, again behind Pittsburgh and New York. Green Bay was first in the small city ranking.
Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Houston.
By AARON COLEN