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The 1997 Dallas Cowboys season would mark their 38th in the NFL and for the first time since 1990, the team would suffer a losing season and miss the playoffs.

1997 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Barry Switzer
Home field Texas Stadium
Record 6-10
Place 4th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Previous season Next season
1996 1998


Regular season

Though the season began well with an impressive win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cowboys would soon see a sharp decline that included five consecutive loses to closeout the year. A series of countless off-the-field incidents, lack of discipline, and rumors of infighting between quarterback Troy Aikman and head coach Barry Switzer plagued the team throughout the year. In a season filled with injuries and controversy, which also saw a tearful Michael Irvin promising change following a tough loss to the New York Giants in the final regular season game, Switzer would later be dismissed after the season. Notable additions to the team were linebacker Dexter Coakley.



Opponent Result
at Pittsburgh Steelers 37 7 W
at Arizona Cardinals 22 25 L
Philadelphia Eagles 21 20 W
Chicago Bears 27 3 W
at New York Giants 17 20 L
at Washington Redskins 16 21 L
Jacksonville Jaguars 26 22 W
at Philadelphia Eagles 12 13 L
at San Francisco 49ers 10 17 L
Arizona Cardinals 24 6 W
Washington Redskins 17 14 W
at Green Bay Packers 17 45 L
Tennessee Oilers 14 27 L
Carolina Panthers 13 23 L
at Cincinnati Bengals 24 31 L
New York Giants 7 20 L


NFC East
New York Giants 10 5 1 .656 307 265 W-3
Washington Redskins 8 7 1 .531 327 289 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 6 9 1 .406 317 372 L-3
Dallas Cowboys 6 10 0 .375 304 314 L-5
Arizona Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 283 379 W-1

Awards and records

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Baltimore Denver Arizona Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cincinnati Kansas City Dallas Detroit Carolina
Miami Jacksonville Oakland NY Giants Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego Philadelphia Minnesota St. Louis
NY Jets Tennessee Seattle Washington Tampa Bay San Francisco
1997 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXXII


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