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1979 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Tom Landry
Home field Texas Stadium
Record 11-5
Place 1st NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Division Round
Previous season Next season
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 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 34-20 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.



Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 2, 1979 at St. Louis Cardinals W 22-21
2 September 9, 1979 at San Francisco 49ers W 21-13
3 September 16, 1979 Chicago Bears W 24-20
4 September 24, 1979 at Cleveland Browns L 26-7
5 September 30, 1979 Cincinnati Bengals W 38-13
6 October 7, 1979 at Minnesota Vikings W 36-20
7 October 14, 1979 Los Angeles Rams W 30-6
8 October 21, 1979 St. Louis Cardinals W 22-13
9 October 28, 1979 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14-3
10 November 4, 1979 at New York Giants W 16-14
11 November 12, 1979 Philadelphia Eagles L 31-21
12 November 18, 1979 at Washington Redskins L 34-20
13 November 22, 1979 Houston Oilers L 30-24
14 December 2, 1979 New York Giants W 28-7
15 December 8, 1979 at Philadelphia Eagles W 24-17
16 December 16, 1979 Washington Redskins W 35-34


Week Date Opponent Result
Division December 30, 1979 Los Angeles Rams L 21-19


NFC East
Dallas Cowboys 11 5 0 .688 371 313 W-3
Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 .688 339 282 W-1
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 348 295 L-1
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 237 323 L-3
St. Louis Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 307 358 L-1


AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1979 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XIV


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