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1968 Dallas Cowboys season


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1968 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachTom Landry
General managerTex Schramm
OwnerClint Murchison, Jr.
Home fieldCotton Bowl
Results
Record12–2
Division place1st NFL Capitol
Playoff finishLost Eastern Conference Championship Game (at Browns) 20-31
Won NFL Playoff Bowl (vs. Vikings) 17-13

The 1968 Dallas Cowboys season was their ninth in the league and won the Capitol division by five games with a 12–2 record. In the first round of the playoffs, Dallas met the Cleveland Browns (10–4) in the Eastern Conference title game, held at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. In this era, the host sites were rotated, home field advantage was not adopted for the playoffs until 1975. Dallas had won the regular season game 28–7 in September, and had routed the Browns 52–14 in the previous year's playoffs, but both were played at the Cotton Bowl.

Cleveland upset the favored Cowboys 31–20,[1][2][3] sending Dallas to the third place Playoff Bowl at the Orange Bowl in Miami,[4] where they rallied to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, 17–13.[5][6]

The team averaged 30.8 points per game during the regular season, and holds the record for most points scored through the first three games of a season.[7]

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultAttendance
1September 15, 1968Detroit LionsW 59–13
61,382
2September 22, 1968Cleveland BrownsW 28–7
68,733
3September 29, 1968at Philadelphia EaglesW 45–13
60,858
4October 6, 1968at St. Louis CardinalsW 27–10
48,296
5October 13, 1968Philadelphia EaglesW 34–14
72,083
6October 20, 1968at Minnesota VikingsW 20–7
47,644
7October 28, 1968Green Bay PackersL 28–17
74,604
8November 3, 1968at New Orleans SaintsW 17–3
84,728
9November 10, 1968New York GiantsL 27–21
72,163
10November 17, 1968at Washington RedskinsW 44–24
50,816
11November 24, 1968at Chicago BearsW 34–3
46,667
12November 28, 1968Washington RedskinsW 29–20
66,076
13December 8, 1968Pittsburgh SteelersW 28–7
55,069
14December 15, 1968at New York GiantsW 28–10
62,617

Game summaries

Week 3

1234Total
• Cowboys77141745
Eagles3100013

[8]

Week 14

1234Total
• Cowboys0714728
Giants300710

[9]

Playoffs

Main article: 1968 NFL playoffs
WeekDateOpponentResultVenueAttendance
Eastern ConferenceDecember 21, 1968at Cleveland BrownsL, 31–20Municipal Stadium
81,497
Playoff BowlJanuary 5, 1969Minnesota VikingsW, 17–13Orange Bowl
22,961

Standings

NFL Capitol
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPASTK
Dallas Cowboys1220.8575–19–1431186W5
New York Giants770.5005–17–3294325L4
Washington Redskins590.3572–43–7249358W1
Philadelphia Eagles2120.1430–61–9202351L1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Roster

Dallas Cowboys 1968 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
42 Active, 2 Inactive

References

  1. ^ Bledsoe, Terry (December 22, 1968). "Browns' interceptions beat Dallas". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1, sports. 
  2. ^ Livingston, Pat (December 22, 1968). "Browns jolt Cowboys, 31-20". Pittsburgh Press. p. 1, section 3. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Jim (December 22, 1968). "Browns smash Dallas, earn shot at NFL title". Toledo Blade. Ohio. p. D1. 
  4. ^ 1968 Dallas Cowboys
  5. ^ "Vikings 13-0 lead withers before Dallas rush, 17-13". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. January 6, 1969. p. 11, part 2. 
  6. ^ "Cowboys rally, capture Playoff Bowl". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 6, 1969. p. 26. 
  7. ^ "Mind-blowing stats for Week 4 of the 2013 season". National Football League. 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  8. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-Dec-15.
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
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