Most Beloved: Dirk Nowitzki vs. Emmitt Smith

The Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki finds himself back in the finals.

With your votes, the NBA Finals MVP and No. 6 seed has made his way past "Mr. Cowboy" Bob Lilly (82 percent to 18 percent), Tom Landry (51-49) and finally top-seeded Roger Staubach (57-43) to reach the final of our Metroplex Most Beloved bracket.

Dirk will face off against Emmitt Smith, who won by the slimmest of margins against fellow "Triplet" member Troy Aikman.

Smith, the No. 2 seed, cruised by Mark Cuban and Mike Modano before edging Aikman by a mere 101 votes (7,192-7,091).

Polls remain open until Monday night, when we'll reveal the champion.

Choose wisely by voting here through Monday, and join the discussion afterward.