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1990 Dallas Cowboys season

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1990 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachJimmy Johnson
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Division place4th NFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The 1990 season was the Dallas Cowboys' 31st season in NFL. The Cowboys rebounded from a 1–15 season in 1989 to a 7–9 record. Jimmy Johnson won AP's NFL coach of the year honors.

The season began with a win over San Diego, breaking a 14-game home losing streak. The Cowboys showed some early season fight with two wins over Tampa Bay and a near-miss against Philadelphia, but still stood only 3–7 after ten weeks, and were seemingly out of playoff contention. However, the team caught fire in late November, winning four games in a row (including impressive wins over the Redskins and Saints, and a blowout win over the Cardinals). The Cowboys entered the season's final two weeks needing only one win or Saints' loss to make the playoffs as a wildcard. However, in game 15 quarterback Troy Aikman separated his shoulder early against the Eagles and was replaced by Babe Laufenberg (The Cowboys had traded backup Steve Walsh early in the season and Lauferberg was elevated from 3rd string to backup). With Aikman injured, the Cowboys mustered little offense against the Eagles and lost, 17–3. Meanwhile, the Saints upset the 49ers (handing the Niners only their second loss) to keep the Cowboys from clinching in game 15. The next week, with Laufenberg again leading the offense, the Cowboys were thoroughly beaten, 26–7, by the 4–11 Atlanta Falcons. When the Saints beat the Rams the next night, the Cowboys were eliminated from playoff contention.

This season featured the debut of running back Emmitt Smith. Smith held out during training camp and was only a minimal contributor in the season's early games, but began to show his future greatness with a 100-plus performance in a week 5 win against Tampa Bay and had a few other outstanding games during the season.

Because of the dismal 1-15 record from the previous season, the home opener against the San Diego Chargers was threatened to be blacked out for the local television market, since Texas Stadium was not sold out.a local radio station ended up buying all of the unsold tickets so that the game could be broadcast to the local DFW market.


NFL Draft

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
17Dallas CowboysEmmitt SmithRunning backFlorida
26Dallas CowboysAlexander WrightWide receiverAuburn
65Dallas CowboysJimmie JonesDefensive tackleMiami
222Dallas CowboysKenneth GantDefensive backAlbany State, Ga.

Regular season


11990-09-09San Diego ChargersW 17–14Texas Stadium
21990-09-16New York GiantsL 28–7Texas Stadium
31990-09-23at Washington RedskinsL 19–15Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
41990-09-30at New York GiantsL 31–17Giants Stadium
51990-10-07Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 14–10Texas Stadium
61990-10-14at Phoenix CardinalsL 20–3Sun Devil Stadium
71990-10-21at Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 17–13Tampa Stadium
81990-10-28Philadelphia EaglesL 21–20Texas Stadium
91990-11-04at New York JetsL 24–9The Meadowlands
101990-11-11San Francisco 49ersL 24–6Texas Stadium
111990-11-18at Los Angeles RamsW 24–21Anaheim Stadium
121990-11-22Washington RedskinsW 27–17Texas Stadium
131990-12-02New Orleans SaintsW 17–13Texas Stadium
151990-12-16Phoenix CardinalsW 41–10Texas Stadium
161990-12-23at Philadelphia EaglesL 17–3Veterans Stadium
171990-12-30at Atlanta FalconsL 26–7Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium


NFC East
(2) New York Giants1330.8137–110–2335211W2
(4) Philadelphia Eagles1060.6255–39–3396299W3
(5) Washington Redskins1060.6254–47–5381301W1
Dallas Cowboys790.4382–66–8244308L2
Phoenix Cardinals5110.3132–63–9268396L3


Dallas Cowboys 1990 roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
46 Active, 4 Inactive

Porkchop Bowl

Porkchop Bowl
DateOctober 28, 1990
StadiumTexas Stadium, Irving, Texas
RefereeHoward Roe
TV in the United States
AnnouncersTim Ryan and Irv Cross

The Porkchop Bowl was the NFL matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys which followed the infamous Bounty Bowl II.

Even though almost a year had transpired since the notorious "Bounty Bowl" games, the vitriolic rivalry between the two teams was still firmly in Cowboys fans' memories. And this was the first encounter since Cowboys players and coaches were relentlessly pelted by snowballs during that last meeting at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium.

The week before game day in Dallas, Philadelphia head coach Buddy Ryan and Ted Plumb, his offensive coordinator were out for dinner. Coach Ryan was dining on pork chops and started to choke. Fortunately, Plumb quickly initiated the Heimlich maneuver and saved Ryan's life. Word of the incident spread in Dallas, and hatred by Dallas fans was so fevered towards Ryan that former Cowboys' president Tex Schramm dubbed the pending game on October 28 the "Porkchop Bowl." When the game began, Dallas fans tossed pork chops and similar simulated meat products from the stands toward the Eagles bench.

The final score was 21–20 in favor of the Eagles.

Awards and records



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