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1970 Dallas Cowboys season

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1970 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachTom Landry
OwnerClint Murchison, Jr.
Home fieldCotton Bowl
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishLost Super Bowl V (Baltimore)
The Cowboys playing against the Colts in Super Bowl V

The 1970 Dallas Cowboys season was the team's 11th in the National Football League.

The Cowboys scored 299 points and allowed 221 points. For the fifth consecutive season, the Cowboys finished first in their division. In 1970, the club made its debut on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 38–0. The Cowboys made it to their first Super Bowl and lost to the Baltimore Colts.

NFL Draft

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
23Dallas CowboysDuane ThomasRunning BackWest Texas State

Regular season

The Cowboys had to overcome many obstacles during the regular season. Fullback Calvin Hill, the team's second leading rusher with 577 yards and 4 touchdowns, was lost for the year after suffering a leg injury late in the regular season. And wide receiver Bob Hayes was benched by head coach Tom Landry for poor performances on several occasions.

Most significantly, the Cowboys had a quarterback controversy between Craig Morton and Roger Staubach. Morton and Staubach alternated as the starting quarterback during the regular season, but Landry eventually chose Morton to start Super Bowl V because he felt less confident that Staubach would follow his game plan (Landry called all of Morton's plays in Super Bowl V).[1] Also, Morton had done extremely well in the regular season, throwing for 1,819 yards and 15 touchdowns, with only 7 interceptions, earning him a passer rating of 89.8. In contrast, Staubach, although a noted scrambler and able to salvage broken plays effectively, threw for 542 yards, and only 2 touchdowns compared to 8 interceptions, giving him a 42.9 rating.

Hayes was the main deep threat on the team, catching 34 passes for 889 yards (a 26.1 yards per catch average) and 10 touchdowns, while also rushing 4 times for 34 yards and another touchdown, and adding another 116 yards returning punts. On the other side of the field, wide receiver Lance Rentzel recorded 28 receptions for 556 yards and 5 touchdowns.

However, the main strength on the Cowboys offense was their running game. Rookie running back Duane Thomas rushed 151 times for 803 yards (a 5.1 yards per carry average) and 5 touchdowns, while adding another 416 yards returning kickoffs. Fullback Walt Garrison, who replaced the injured Hill, provided Thomas with excellent blocking and rushed for 507 yards and 3 touchdowns himself. Garrison was also a good receiver out of the backfield, catching 21 passes for 205 yards and 2 touchdowns. Up front, Pro Bowl guard John Niland and future Hall of Famer tackle Rayfield Wright anchored the offensive line.

The Cowboys had their lowest regular season (6–2 vs. Cleveland Browns) and playoff (5–0 vs. Detroit Lions) scoring games in franchise history.


WeekDateOpponentResultGame siteAttendance
11970-09-20at Philadelphia EaglesW 17–7Franklin Field
21970-09-27New York GiantsW 28–10Cotton Bowl
31970-10-04at St. Louis CardinalsL 7-20Busch Memorial Stadium
41970-10-11Atlanta FalconsW 13–0Cotton Bowl
51970-10-18at Minnesota VikingsL 13-54Metropolitan Stadium
61970-10-25at Kansas City ChiefsW 27–16Municipal Stadium
71970-11-01Philadelphia EaglesW 21–17Cotton Bowl
81970-11-08at New York GiantsL 20-23Yankee Stadium
91970-11-16St. Louis CardinalsL 0-38Cotton Bowl
101970-11-22at Washington RedskinsW 45–21Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
111970-11-26Green Bay PackersW 16–3Cotton Bowl
121970-12-06Washington RedskinsW 34–0Cotton Bowl
131970-12-12at Cleveland BrownsW 6–2Cleveland Stadium
141970-12-20Houston OilersW 52–10Cotton Bowl

Game summaries

Week 1

• Cowboys077317



DivisionalDec. 26, 1970Detroit LionsW 5–0
ConferenceJan. 3, 1971at San Francisco 49ersW 17–10
Super Bowl VJan. 17, 1971Baltimore ColtsL 13-16


NFC East
Dallas Cowboys1040.7145–37–4299221W5
New York Giants950.6436–26–5301270L1
St. Louis Cardinals851.6155–36–5325228L3
Washington Redskins680.4293–54–7297314W2
Philadelphia Eagles3101.2311–71–9–1241332W1

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


NFC Divisional Playoff

Dallas Cowboys 5, Detroit Lions 0

at Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

NFC Championship Game

Dallas Cowboys 17, San Francisco 49ers 10

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco

Super Bowl V

Dallas Cowboys 13, Baltimore Colts 16
Colts (AFC)0601016
Cowboys (NFC)3100013

at Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

Chuck Howley became the first defensive player, and only member of a losing team to be the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player.


Dallas Cowboys 1970 roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
43 Active, 2 Inactive

Awards and records

  • Chuck Howley, Most Valuable Player, Super Bowl V
  • Mel Renfro, Pro Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player


The Football Encyclopedia ISBN 0-312-11435-4
Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes ISBN 0-446-51950-2


  1. ^ Bill McGrane, "A Mad, Mad, Mad Super Bowl," The Super Bowl: Celebrating a Quarter-Century of America's Greatest Game. Simon and Schuster, 1990 ISBN 0-671-72798-2
  2. ^

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