1979 Dallas Cowboys season

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1979 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Tom Landry
General manager Tex Schramm
Owner Clint Murchison Jr.
Home field Texas Stadium
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 1st NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Division Round
Timeline
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< 1978 1980 >

The 1979 Dallas Cowboys season was their 20th in the league. The team was unable to improve on their previous output of 12–4, winning only eleven games.1 They qualified for the playoffs, but lost in the Divisional round.

The Cowboys still possessed a great offense, but suffered defensive losses as defensive tackle Jethro Pugh and safety Mark Washington retired, safety Charlie Waters missed the season with injury, Ed "Too Tall" Jones left the team while he embarked on a professional boxing career (Jones would return in 1980), and Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson was cut in November for erratic play and behavior. The season began 8–2 before a three-game losing streak placed the season in jeopardy (one of the three being a 30–24 loss to Houston in which Oilers coach Bum Phillips declared the Oilers as "Texas's Team"). The team rallied to win their final three to finish at 11–5 and gain the number one seed in the NFC.

In the season's final regular season game against the Redskins, with the NFC East Title at issue, Roger Staubach rallied the Cowboys from a 34–21 deficit in the last four minutes to win, 35–34. It turned out to be Staubach's last win. The Cowboys were upset at home in the divisional playoff by the Rams and Staubach retired after the season.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1979 at St. Louis Cardinals W 22–21
50,855
2 September 9, 1979 at San Francisco 49ers W 21–13
56,728
3 September 16, 1979 Chicago Bears W 24–20
64,056
4 September 24, 1979 at Cleveland Browns L 26–7
80,123
5 September 30, 1979 Cincinnati Bengals W 38–13
63,179
6 October 7, 1979 at Minnesota Vikings W 36–20
47,572
7 October 14, 1979 Los Angeles Rams W 30–6
64,462
8 October 21, 1979 St. Louis Cardinals W 22–13
64,300
9 October 28, 1979 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–3
50,199
10 November 4, 1979 at New York Giants W 16–14
76,490
11 November 12, 1979 Philadelphia Eagles L 31–21
62,417
12 November 18, 1979 at Washington Redskins L 34–20
55,031
13 November 22, 1979 Houston Oilers L 30–24
63,897
14 December 2, 1979 New York Giants W 28–7
63,787
15 December 8, 1979 at Philadelphia Eagles W 24–17
71,434
16 December 16, 1979 Washington Redskins W 35–34
62,867

Season summary

Week 16: vs. Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 10 7 0 17 34
Cowboys 0 14 7 14 35
  • Date: Sunday, December 16
  • Location: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
  • Game start: 3:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 40°F, wind 12 mph

The Cowboys won their fifth straight division title and knocked Washington out of the playoffs. 2


Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 30, 1979 Los Angeles Rams L 21–19
64,792

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Dallas Cowboys(1) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 10–2 371 313
Philadelphia Eagles(4) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 339 282
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 5–3 8–4 348 295
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 1–7 5–9 237 323
St. Louis Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 2–6 4–8 307 358

Roster

Dallas Cowboys 1979 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
45 Active, 0 Inactive

Statistics

Passing

Player Comp Att Yards TD INT
Roger Staubach 267 461 3,586 27 11

Rushing

Player Att Yards TD
Tony Dorsett 250 1,107 6
Drew Pearson 3 27
Tony Hill 2 18

Receiving

Player Rec Yards TD
Tony Hill 60 1,062 10
Drew Pearson 55 1,026 8
Tony Dorsett 45 375 1
Billy Joe Dupree 29 324 5

1

References

  1. ^ a b 1979 Dallas Cowboys
  2. ^ "'Excitied' Staubach Kills Redskins Hopes." Palm Beach Post. 1979 December 17.







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