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1977 Dallas Cowboys season

1977 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Tom Landry
General manager Tex Schramm
Owner Clint Murchison, Jr.
Home field Texas Stadium
Results
Record 12–2
Division place 1st in NFC East
Playoff finish Won Super Bowl XII (Broncos)
Timeline
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< 1976 1978 >

The 1977 Dallas Cowboys season was their 18th in the NFL. The club appeared twice on Monday Night Football. Tony Dorsett rushed for 1,007 yards and became the second member of the Cowboys (first since 1973) to have a 1,000-yard rushing season. During the season, the club scored 345 points, which ranked first in the NFC, while the defense only gave up 212 points. The Cowboys made it to their fourth Super Bowl and beat the Denver Broncos to capture their second Super Bowl Championship. They were the first team from the NFC East Division to win two Super Bowls. Their 15-2 record (.882, including the postseason) remains the highest single season winning percentage in the teams history.

NFL Draft

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
2 Dallas Cowboys (from Seattle) Tony Dorsett Running Back Pittsburgh
54 Dallas Cowboys Glenn Carano Quarterback UNLV
62 Dallas Cowboys Tony Hill Wide Receiver Stanford
108 Dallas Cowboys Guy Brown Linebacker Houston
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Regular season

  • December 4, 1977 – Tony Dorsett becomes the first player in franchise history to rush for at least 200 yards in a game. Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Dorsett had 23 rushes for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Schedule

Week Date Result Record Opponent Points For Points Against First Downs Attendance
1 September 18 Win 1–0 at Minnesota Vikings 16 10 16
47,678
2 September 25 Win 2–0 New York Giants 41 21 25
64,215
3 October 2 Win 3–0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 7 23
55,316
4 October 9 Win 4–0 at St. Louis Cardinals 30 24 22
50,129
5 October 16 Win 5–0 Washington Redskins 34 16 23
62,115
6 October 23 Win 6–0 at Philadelphia Eagles 16 10 17
65,507
7 October 30 Win 7–0 Detroit Lions 37 0 20
63,160
8 November 6 Win 8–0 at New York Giants 24 10 13
74,532
9 November 14 Loss 8–1 St. Louis Cardinals 17 24 16
64,038
10 November 20 Loss 8–2 at Pittsburgh Steelers 13 28 20
49,761
11 November 27 Win 9–2 at Washington Redskins 14 7 19
55,031
12 December 4 Win 10–2 Philadelphia Eagles 24 14 19
60,289
13 December 12 Win 11–2 at San Francisco 49ers 42 35 24
55,851
14 December 18 Win 12–2 Denver Broncos 14 6 15
63,752

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys(1) 12 2 0 .857 7–1 11–1 345 212 W4
Washington Redskins 9 5 0 .643 4–4 8–4 196 189 W3
St. Louis Cardinals 7 7 0 .500 4–4 7–5 272 287 L4
Philadelphia Eagles 5 9 0 .357 2–6 4–8 220 207 W2
New York Giants 5 9 0 .357 3–5 5–7 181 265 L2

Roster

Dallas Cowboys 1977 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
45 Active, 0 Inactive

Regular season

Week 1: at Minnesota Vikings

1 2 34OTTotal
Cowboys 0 3 07616
Vikings 7 0 03010

at Metropolitan Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: Sunday, September 18
  • Game time: 1:00
  • Game weather: 68°, wind 12 mph
  • Box Score

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First Quarter
  • MIN – Chuck Foreman 18-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
Second Quarter
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 40-yard field goal
Fourth Quarter
  • DAL – Preston Pearson 7-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
  • MIN – Fred Cox 35-yard field goal
Overtime
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 4-yard run (no PAT attempt)
Passing
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 18/30, 196 yds, TD
  • MIN – Fran Tarkenton 13/32, 182 yds, TD, 3 INT
Rushing
  • DAL – Preston Pearson 15 att, 63 yds
  • MIN – Chuck Foreman 22 att, 66 yds
Receiving
  • DAL – Billy Joe DuPree 4 rec, 57 yds
  • MIN – Chuck Foreman 5 rec, 56 yds

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Week 2: vs. New York Giants

1 2 34Total
Giants 0 7 14021
Cowboys 14 17 3741

at Texas Stadium, Irving, TX

  • Date: Sunday, September 25
  • Game time: 1:00
  • Game weather: 88°, wind 16 mph
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First Quarter
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 2-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DAL – Preston Pearson 10-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
Second Quarter
  • DAL – Doug Dennison 1-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 11-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • NYG – Willie Spencer 1-yard run (Joe Danelo kick)
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 37-yard field goal
Third Quarter
  • NYG – Bobby Hammond 68-yard punt return (Joe Danelo kick)
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 41-yard field goal
  • NYG – Doug Kotar 3-yard run (Joe Danelo kick)
Fourth Quarter
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 34-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
Passing
  • NYG – Joe Pisarcik 9/23, 129 yds, 2 INT
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 18/29, 235 yds, TD
Rushing
  • NYG – Larry Csonka 9 att, 39 yds
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 7 att, 62 yds, 2 TD
Receiving
  • NYG – Johnny Perkins 1 rec, 54 yds
  • DAL – Drew Pearson 6 rec, 97 yds

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Week 3: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 0 7 007
Cowboys 17 3 3023

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

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Week 4: at St. Louis Cardinals

1 2 34Total
Cowboys 3 10 31430
Cardinals 10 7 7024

at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO

  • Date: Sunday, October 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 49 F, wind 13 mph
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First Quarter
  • STL – Jim Bakken 32-yard field goal
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 29-yard field goal
  • STL – Terry Metcalf 62-yard run (Jim Bakken kick)
Second Quarter
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 77-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • STL – Mel Gray 60-yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 40-yard field goal
Third Quarter
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 44-yard field goal
  • STL – Charles Davis 35-yard fumble return (Jim Bakken kick)
Fourth Quarter
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 1-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DAL – Golden Richards 17-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
Passing
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 18/29, 153 yards, TD
  • STL – Jim Hart 9/32, 186 yards, TD, 2 INT
Rushing
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 14 att, 141 yards, TD
  • STL – Terry Metcalf 10 att, 79 yards, TD
Receiving
  • DAL – Drew Pearson 6 rec, 55 yards
  • STL – Mel Gray 3 rec, 84 yards, TD

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Week 5: vs. Washington Redskins

1 2 34Total
Redskins 6 7 3016
Cowboys 0 14 61434

at Texas Stadium, Irving, TX

  • Date: Sunday, October 16
  • Game time: 3:00 pm
  • Game weather: 56 F, wind 8 mph
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First Quarter
  • WSH – Mark Moseley 25-yard field goal
  • WSH – Mark Moseley 40-yard field goal
Second Quarter
  • DAL – Golden Richards 50-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DAL – Robert Newhouse 7-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • WSH – Clarence Harmon 1-yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
Third Quarter
  • WSH – Mark Moseley 53-yard field goal
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 44-yard field goal
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 52-yard field goal
Fourth Quarter
  • DAL – Drew Pearson 59-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DAL – Robert Newhouse 6-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
Passing
  • WSH – Billy Kilmer 4/15, 45 yards, INT
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 15/28, 250 yards, 2 TD
Rushing
  • WSH – Mike Thomas 15 att, 46 yards
  • DAL – Robert Newhouse 17 att, 71 yards, 2 TD
Receiving
  • WSH – Charley Taylor 2 rec, 32 yards
  • DAL – Drew Pearson 6 rec, 157 yards, TD

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Week 6: at Philadelphia Eagles

1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 6 01016
Eagles 0 7 0310

at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

  • Date: Sunday, October 23
  • Game time: 1:00 pm
  • Game weather: 53 F, wind 11 mph
  • Referee: Don Wedge
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Second Quarter
  • PHI – Charlie Smith 12-yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Horst Muhlmann kick)
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 5-yard run (kick failed)
Fourth Quarter
  • DAL – Charlie Waters 17-yard punt return (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 18-yard field goal
  • PHI – Horst Muhlmann 32-yard field goal
Passing
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 15/26, 172 yards
  • PHI – Ron Jaworski 10/23, 104 yards, TD, 2 INT
Rushing
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 13 att, 48 yards, TD
  • PHI – Tom Sullivan 13 att, 61 yards
Receiving
  • DAL – Drew Pearson 4 rec, 54 yards
  • PHI – Keith Krepfle 3 rec, 40 yards

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Week 7: vs. Detroit Lions

1 2 34Total
Lions 0 0 000
Cowboys 3 20 7737

at Texas Stadium, Irving, TX

  • Date: Sunday, October 30
  • Game time: 1:00
  • Game weather: 70 F, wind 11 mph
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First Quarter
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 21-yard field goal
Second Quarter
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 45-yard field goal
  • DAL – Billy Joe DuPree 14-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DAL – Scott Laidlaw 18-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 30-yard field goal
Third Quarter
  • DAL – Jay Saldi 1-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
FOurth Quarter
  • DAL – Larry Brinson 20-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
Passing
  • DET – Joe Reed 6/16, 75 yards, INT
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 16/25, 179 yards, 3 TD
Rushing
  • DET – Horace King 8 att, 26 yards
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 13 att, 48 yards
Receiving
  • DET – Rick Kane 2 rec, 30 yards
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 5 rec, 48 yards

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Week 8: at New York Giants

1 2 34Total
Cowboys 7 7 7324
Giants 0 3 7010

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ

  • Date: Sunday, November 6
  • Game time: 1:00 pm
  • Game weather: 54 F, wind 16 mph
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First Quarter
  • DAL – Jay Saldi 8-yard fumble return (Efren Herrera kick)
Second Quarter
  • NYG – Joe Danelo 51-yard field goal
  • DAL – Billy Joe DuPree 5-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
Third Quarter
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 1-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • NYG – Bobby Hammond 1-yard run (Joe Danelo kick)
Fourth Quarter
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 35-yard field goal
Passing
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 14/25, 190 yards, TD
  • NYG – Joe Pisarcik 6/17, 61 yards, INT
Rushing
  • DAL – Robert Newhouse 11 att, 41 yards
  • NYG – Larry Csonka 15 att, 47 yards
Receiving
  • DAL – Drew Pearson 3 rec, 89 yards
  • NYG – Johnny Perkins 4 rec, 34 yards

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Week 9: vs. St. Louis Cardinals

1 2 34Total
Cardinals 3 0 71424
Cowboys 0 14 0317

at Texas Stadium, Irving, TX

  • Date: Monday, November 14
  • Game time: 8:00 pm
  • Game weather: 61 F, wind 12 mph
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First Quarter
  • STL – Jim Bakken 26-yard field goal
Second Quarter
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 1-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DAL – Billy Joe DuPree 2-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
Third Quarter
  • STL – Wayne Morris 1-yard run (Jim Bakken kick)
Fourth Quarter
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 21-yard field goal
  • STL – Mel Gray 49-yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
  • STL – Jackie Smith 3-yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
Passing
  • STL – Jim Hart 10/24, 141 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 11/20, 102 yards, TD, 2 INT
Rushing
  • STL – Wayne Morris 21 att, 72 yards, TD
  • DAL – Robert Newhouse 12 att, 61 yards
Receiving
  • STL – Mel Gray 3 rec, 76 yards, TD
  • DAL – Drew Pearson 4 rec, 45 yards

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Week 10: at Pittsburgh Steelers

1 2 34Total
Cowboys 6 7 0013
Steelers 0 14 14028

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Date: Sunday, November 20
  • Game time: 4:00 pm
  • Game weather: 48 F, wind 9 mph
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
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First Quarter
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 13-yard run (kick failed)
Second Quarter
  • PIT – Franco Harris 61-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)
  • DAL – Jay Saldi 23-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
  • PIT – Lynn Swann 9-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
Third Quarter
  • PIT – John Stallworth 28-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
  • PIT – Franco Harris 2-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)
Passing
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 18/26, 230 yards, TD, 2 INT
  • PIT – Terry Bradshaw 7/12, 106 yards, 2 TD
Rushing
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 17 att, 73 yards, TD
  • PIT – Franco Harris 29 att, 179 yards, 2 TD
Receiving
  • DAL – Billy Joe DuPree 3 rec, 45 yards
  • PIT – John Stallworth 4 rec, 46 yards, TD

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Week 11: at Washington Redskins

1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 0 7714
Redskins 0 7 007

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

  • Date: Sunday, November 27
  • Game time: 4:00 pm
  • Game weather: 31 F, wind 16 mph
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Second Quarter
  • WSH – Joe Theismann 1-yard run (Mark Moseley kick)
Third Quarter
  • DAL – Golden Richards 4-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
Fourth Quarter
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 1-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
Passing
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 10/24, 138 yards, TD, INT
  • WSH – Joe Theismann 17/35, 231 yards, INT
Rushing
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 19 att, 64 yards, TD
  • WSH – Calvin Hill 4 att, 44 yards
Receiving
  • DAL – Drew Pearson 2 rec, 79 yards
  • WSH – Frank Grant 6 rec, 89 yards

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Week 12: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

1 2 34Total
Eagles 0 7 7014
Cowboys 7 7 3724

at Texas Stadium, Irving, TX

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First Quarter
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 1-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
Second Quarter
  • PHI – Mike Hogan 51-yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
  • DAL – Drew Pearson 16-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
Third Quarter
  • PHI – Harold Carmichael 12-yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 24-yard field goal
Fourth Quarter
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 84-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
Passing
  • PHI – Ron Jaworski 18/32, 199 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 13/26, 183 yards, TD, 2 INT
Rushing
  • PHI – Mike Hogan 6 att, 25 yards
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 23 att, 206 yards, 2 TD
Receiving
  • PHI – Mike Hogan 3 rec, 59 yards, TD
  • DAL – Preston Pearson 3 rec, 70 yards

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Week 13: at San Francisco 49ers

1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 21 71442
49ers 7 7 71435

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

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First Quarter
  • SF – Bob Ferrell 1-yard run (Ray Wersching kick)
Second Quarter
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 1-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DAL – Preston Pearson 36-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
  • SF – Kenny Harrison 10-yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Ray Wersching kick)
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 20-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
Third Quarter
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 21-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • SF – Gene Washington 27-yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Ray Wersching kick)
Fourth Quarter
  • DAL – Butch Johnson 22-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
  • SF – Devlin Williams 1-yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Ray Wersching kick)
  • DAL – Preston Pearson 3-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • SF – Paul Seal 47-yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Ray Wersching kick)
Passing
  • DAL -Roger Staubach 14/19, 220 yards, 3 TD
  • SF – Jim Plunkett 15/29, 263 yards, 4 TD
Rushing
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 20 att, 92 yards, TD
  • SF – Delvin Williams 17 att, 44 yards
Receiving
  • DAL – Drew Pearson 4 rec, 61 yards
  • SF – Gene Washington 5 rec, 130 yards, TD

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Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos

1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 0 336
Cowboys 7 0 7014

at Texas Stadium, Irving, TX

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First Quarter
  • DAL – Preston Pearson 22-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
Third Quarter
  • DAL – Robert Newhouse 7-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DEN – Jim Turner 22-yard field goal
Fourth Quarter
  • DEN – Jim Turner 37-yard field goal
Passing
  • DEN – Norris Weese 10/19, 94 yards
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 15/20, 160 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing
  • DEN – Norris Weese 6 att, 33 yards
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 17 att, 50 yards
Receiving
  • DEN – Jack Dolbin 5 rec, 85 yards
  • DAL – Preston Pearson 6 rec, 48 yards, TD

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Postseason

NFC Divisional Playoff

Dallas Cowboys 37, Chicago Bears 7
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 0 077
Cowboys 7 10 17337

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First Quarter
  • DAL – Doug Dennison 2-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
Second Quarter
  • DAL – Billy Joe DuPree 28-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 21-yard field goal
Third Quarter
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 23-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 31-yard field goal
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 7-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
Fourth Quarter
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 27-yard field goal
  • CHI – Steve Schubert 34-yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
Passing
  • CHI – Bob Avellini 15/25, 177 yds, TD, 4 INT
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 8/13, 134 yds, TD, INT
Rushing
  • CHI – Walter Payton 19 att, 60 yds
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 17 att, 85 yds, 2 TD
Receiving
  • CHI – Steve Schubert 5 rec, 69 yds, TD
  • DAL – Drew Pearson 2 rec, 38 yds

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NFC Championship Game

Dallas Cowboys 23, Minnesota Vikings 6
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 6 006
Cowboys 6 10 0723

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

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First Quarter
  • DAL – Golden Richards 32-yard pass from Roger Staubach (kick failed)
Second Quarter
  • DAL – Robert Newhouse 5-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • MIN – Fred Cox 32-yard field goal
  • MIN – Fred Cox 37-yard field goal
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 21-yard field goal
Fourth Quarter
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 11-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
Passing
  • MIN – Bob Lee 14/31, 158 yds, INT
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 12/23, 165 yds, TD, INT
Rushing
  • MIN – Chuck Foreman 21 att, 59 yds
  • DAL – Robert Newhouse 15 att, 81 yds, TD
Receiving
  • MIN – Sammy White 3 rec, 46 yds
  • DAL – Drew Pearson 4 rec, 62 yds

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Super Bowl XII

See also: Super Bowl XII
Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10
1 2 34Total
Cowboys (NFC) 10 3 7727
Broncos (AFC) 0 0 10010

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

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First Quarter
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 3-yard run (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 35-yard field goal
Second Quarter
  • DAL – Efren Herrera 43-yard field goal
Third Quarter
  • DEN – Jim Turner 47-yard field goal
  • DAL – Butch Johnson 45-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
  • DEN – Rob Lytle 1-yard run (Jim Turner kick)
Fourth Quarter
  • DAL – Golden Richards 29-yard pass from Robert Newhouse (Efren Herrera kick)
Passing
  • DAL – Roger Staubach 17/25, 183 yds, TD
  • DEN – Craig Morton 4/15, 39 yds, 4 INT
Rushing
  • DAL – Tony Dorsett 15 att, 66 yds, TD
  • DEN – Rob Lytle 10 att, 35 yds, TD
Receiving
  • DAL – Billy Joe DuPree 4 rec, 66 yds
  • DEN – Jack Dolbin 2 rec, 24 yds

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Awards and Records

References

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