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The 1999 Dallas Cowboys season would mark their 40th in the NFL.

1999 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Fl
Home field Texas Stadium
Record 8-8
Place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings) 27-10
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Previous season Next season
1998 2000


Hall of Fame Game

  • Cleveland Browns 20, Dallas Cowboys 17 (Overtime) [1]

Regular season

The season would begin at Washington with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over the hated division rival Washington Redskins. After trailing by three touchdowns in the second half, free agent acquisition Rocket Ismail would pay immediate dividends for the team by hauling in the winning touchdown catch in overtime while Troy Aikman would throw for a franchise record five touchdowns in a single game (since matched by Tony Romo).

The team would start out strong with a 3-0 record, but a week 4 injury to wide receiver Michael Irvin against the Philadelphia Eagles eventually forced him into retirement. Afterwards, Dallas would struggle down the stretch as age and injury would begin to take its toll. The team would again make the playoffs despite an 8-8 season, but would lose once more in the first round to the Minnesota Vikings. Despite leading the team to consecutive playoff berths and seemingly re-igniting the Dallas offense, owner Jerry Jones would fire head coach Chan Gailey after the season.

Notable additions to the team was fan favorite linebacker Dat Nguyen, the only (to date) Vietnamese-American to play in the NFL.

This marked the final season for future hall-of-famer Michael Irvin and longtime Cowboys fullback Daryl "Moose" Johnston. Irvin and Johnston both suffered season ending (and as it turned out career ending) injuries early in the season. Irvin was the last Cowboys player to have played for Tom Landry.



Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 12, 1999 at Washington Redskins W 41-35
2 September 20, 1999 Atlanta Falcons W 24-7
3 Bye
4 October 3, 1999 Arizona Cardinals W 35-7
5 October 10, 1999 at Philadelphia Eagles L 13-10
6 October 18, 1999 at New York Giants L 13-10
7 October 24, 1999 Washington Redskins W 38-20
8 October 31, 1999 at Indianapolis Colts L 34-24
9 November 8, 1999 at Minnesota Vikings L 27-17
10 November 14, 1999 Green Bay Packers W 27-13
11 November 21, 1999 at Arizona Cardinals L 13-9
12 November 25, 1999 Miami Dolphins W 20-0
13 December 5, 1999 at New England Patriots L 13-6
14 December 12, 1999 Philadelphia Eagles W 20-10
15 December 19, 1999 New York Jets L 22-21
16 December 24, 1999 at New Orleans Saints L 31-24
17 January 2, 2000 New York Giants W 26-18


NFC East
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 443 377 W-2
Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 .500 352 276 W-1
New York Giants 7 9 0 .438 299 358 L-3
Arizona Cardinals 6 10 0 .375 245 382 L-4
Philadelphia Eagles 5 11 0 .313 272 357 W-2

Awards and records


  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369
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Buffalo Baltimore Denver Arizona Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cincinnati Kansas City Dallas Detroit Carolina
Miami Cleveland Oakland NY Giants Green Bay New Orleans
New England Jacksonville San Diego Philadelphia Minnesota St. Louis
NY Jets Pittsburgh Seattle Washington Tampa Bay San Francisco
1999 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXXIV


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