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1983 Dallas Cowboys season

1983 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Tom Landry
General manager Tex Schramm
Owner Clint Murchison Jr.
Home field Texas Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost wild card playoffs (Rams) 24–17
Timeline
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The Dallas Cowboys completed the 1983 season with a record of 12 wins and four losses, finishing second in the NFC East. The team started the season with seven straight victories, including a memorable Monday night win over the Washington Redskins in which the team erased a 20 point halftime deficit and prevailed, 31–30. The Cowboys were particularly strong on offense, led by quarterback Danny White and running back Tony Dorsett. The Cowboys scored a team record 479 points, and staged a few come-from-behind victories during the season. However, the defense gave up several points, despite strong play from Randy White, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, and Everson Walls. In particular, the young secondary was guilty of giving up many big plays throughout the season.

Late in the season, the Cowboys met the Redskins at Texas Stadium with the NFC East crown up for grabs. Both teams entered the game with 12–2 records, but the defending champion Redskins proved too much for the Cowboys, and emerged with a 31–10 victory, giving them the NFC East title. After a 42–17 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers the following week, the Cowboys faced the Los Angeles Rams in the wild card game of the NFC playoffs. Despite having the homefield advantage, the Cowboys fell, 24–17.

During the Redskins loss with the score 14–10 in the third quarter, the Cowboys failed on a fourth and one at midfield that was a key turning point. There appeared to be a miscommunication between quarterback Danny White and Tom Landry as to whether to run the play. The failed play led to a rare emotional outburst from Landry as he yelled "No, Danny, no."

1983 NFL draft

Round Pick Name Position School
1 23 Jim Jeffcoat Defensive end Arizona State
2 50 Michael Walter Linebacker Oregon
3 77 Bryan Caldwell Defensive end Arizona State
4 108 Chris Faulkner Tight end Florida
5 135 Chuck McSwain Running back Clemson
6 162 Reggie Collier Quarterback Southern Mississippi
7 189 Chris Schultz Offensive tackle Arizona
8 220 Lawrence Ricks Running back Michigan
9 246 Al Gross Defensive back Arizona
10 273 Eric Moran Offensive guard Washington
11 300 Dan Taylor Offensive tackle Idaho State
12 331 Lorenzo Bouier Running back Maine

Roster

Dallas Cowboys 1983 roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
49 active, 0 inactive

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game site NFL recap Attendance
1 September 5, 1983 at Washington Redskins W 31–30 RFK Stadium [1]
55,045
2 September 11, 1983 at St. Louis Cardinals W 34–17 Busch Memorial Stadium [2]
48,532
3 September 18, 1983 New York Giants W 28–13 Texas Stadium [3]
62,347
4 September 25, 1983 New Orleans Saints W 21–20 Texas Stadium [4]
62,136
5 October 2, 1983 at Minnesota Vikings W 37–24 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [5]
60,774
6 October 9, 1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–24 OT Texas Stadium [6]
63,308
7 October 16, 1983 Philadelphia Eagles W 37–7 Texas Stadium [7]
63,070
8 October 23, 1983 Los Angeles Raiders L 38–40 Texas Stadium [8]
64,991
9 October 30, 1983 at New York Giants W 38–20 Giants Stadium [9]
76,142
10 November 6, 1983 at Philadelphia Eagles W 27–20 Veterans Stadium [10]
71,236
11 November 13, 1983 at San Diego Chargers L 23–24 Jack Murphy Stadium [11]
46,192
12 November 20, 1983 Kansas City Chiefs W 41–21 Texas Stadium [12]
64,103
13 November 24, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals W 35–17 Texas Stadium [13]
60,974
14 December 4, 1983 at Seattle Seahawks W 35–10 Kingdome [14]
63,352
15 December 11, 1983 Washington Redskins L 10–31 Texas Stadium [15]
65,074
16 December 19, 1983 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–42 Candlestick Park [16]
59,957

The October 16 and November 6 games against the Philadelphia Eagles were played with locations switched from the original schedule, because of October 16 conflict with game 5 of the baseball World Series.

Season summary

Week 1

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Cowboys (1-0) 0 3 141431
Redskins (0-1) 10 13 0730

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

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Passing
  • Cowboys – Danny White – 9/20, 193 Yds, 3 TD, O Int, 75 Lng
  • Redskins – Joe Theismann – 28/38, 325 Yds, 2 TD, 1 Int, 41 Lng
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  • Vegas Line= Dal -1.5
  • Over/Under= 41(Over)
Cowboys Overcome 20-Point Deficit, Beat Redskins in Opener

The Washington Redskins, champions of the NFL in 1982, began their title defense with a Monday night game on September 5, 1983 against their arch-rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. It was a humid 87 degree night in Washington, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the sellout crowd of 55,045 at RFK Stadium.

Washington, coached by Joe Gibbs, featured the passing of QB Joe Theismann and the ground-gaining of rugged RB John Riggins on offense, along with an outstanding line known as “The Hogs” and a capable group of receivers led by WR Art Monk. The defense lacked big names but played well as a unit.

As for Head Coach Tom Landry’s Cowboys, they had most recently lost to the Redskins in the NFC Championship game – their third straight trip to the conference title contest that ended in defeat. QB Danny White was capable but also living in the shadow of his illustrious predecessor, Roger Staubach, and RB Tony Dorsett, TE Doug Cosbie, and wide receivers Tony Hill (pictured above) and Drew Pearson were all solid offensive performers. The defense had slipped in ’82, however, showing signs of age.

The Redskins were emotionally high coming into the opening game and did well at exploiting weaknesses in the Dallas defense during the first half. The Cowboys started their first drive from their own 16 yard line and that was typical during the first two quarters of play as they were consistently kept on their own half of the field.

In the first quarter, Mark Moseley started the scoring off with a 23-yard field goal and Riggins scored a touchdown on a one-yard carry. The biggest first half highlight for Dallas came in the second quarter on a 77-yard run by Tony Dorsett, who was caught from behind by fleet CB Darrell Green. Stifled again by Washington’s defense, the Cowboys had to settle for a 26-yard Rafael Septien field goal.

Moseley followed up with field goals of 30 and 39 yards and, with 40 seconds left in the first half, WR Charlie Brown made an outstanding catch of a Theismann pass for a 41-yard touchdown that seemingly put the Redskins in command at 23-3.

Theismann amassed 181 passing yards in the first half, making good use of short sideline passes to his wide receivers. Meanwhile, Danny White was a miserable one-for-nine. Dallas managed just three first downs, one of them on a penalty. However, for all the dominance Washington had scored just two touchdowns, along with three field goals.

The Cowboys made adjustments to the defense at halftime that successfully countered Washington’s attack during the second half. Things began to turn around early in the third quarter when White completed a pass to Tony Hill, who raced past CB Vernon Dean for a 75-yard touchdown.

Shortly thereafter, White hit Hill again for another long scoring play, this time victimizing the inexperienced CB Anthony Washington in the secondary. Suddenly, the Washington lead was down to 23-17.

Still ahead by six points, the Redskins drove to the Dallas 14 yard line but were moved back by a holding penalty and then Moseley had a critical missed field goal attempt from 31 yards. Dallas responded by driving 80 yards – 27 coming on runs by Dorsett and aided by a late hit of White called on LB Mel Kaufman - and taking the lead with White running around end for a short TD, followed by Septien’s extra point.

With just over two minutes to play, the game-clinching points were set up thanks to reserve CB Ron Fellows intercepting a Theismann pass at the Washington 40 and returning it to the four yard line. TE Doug Cosbie caught a touchdown throw by White from a yard out with less than two minutes to play.

The Redskins finally scored again in the waning seconds to close to one point, but it was inconsequential to the outcome once a desperation onsides kick was recovered by the Cowboys. Dallas came away with a 31-30 win.

Washington outgained the Cowboys (447 yards to 356) and had more first downs (26 to 16), but was also penalized seven times, to just two flags thrown on Dallas. Moreover, the inability to put more points on the board in the second half until it was too late, combined with the big plays by the Cowboys that exploited weaknesses in Washington’s defense, made the difference.

Danny White, recovering from the horrible first half showing, ended up completing 9 of 20 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Tony Dorsett (pictured below) rushed for 151 yards on 14 carries. With the two long scoring plays, Tony Hill gained 133 yards on 3 receptions while Doug Cosbie also caught 3 passes, for 36 yards and the clinching TD.

“That pass to Hill was the play that turned the game around,” said Joe Theismann. “It didn’t kill us, but it woke up the Cowboys.”

“Anytime I can look up here and see the stands half-empty and the fans grumbling on their way out, it’s the most gratifying experience in football,” said Dennis Thurman, who recovered the climactic onsides kick for the Cowboys that effectively ended the game. “Those fans were screaming ‘we want Dallas’. I’m not too sure they want us now.”

Washington's opening defeat on Monday Night was easily overcome by the Redskins, who won the rematch in Dallas later in the season and lost only one other game in compiling a 14-2 record. Featuring their high-scoring offense, they again advanced to the Super Bowl, only to be upset by the Los Angeles Raiders. The Cowboys finished second in the NFC East but qualified for the playoffs as a Wild Card with a 12-4 tally. They didn’t make it to the NFC Championship game this time, falling to the Rams in the first round.[17]

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Cowboys (2-0) 0 17710 34
Cardinals (0-2) 10 007 17
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Giants (1-2) 3 0100 13
Cowboys (3-0) 0 14014 28
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Week 4

1 2 34Total
Saints (2-2) 0 10 3720
Cowboys (4-0) 7 6 0821

at Texas Stadium

  • Date: Sunday, September 25, 1983
  • Game time: 1:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 71 degrees, relative humidity 51, round(wind) 11.7 mph
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Flashback, Cowboys vs Saints – 1983

It wasn’t a game that will go down in Cowboys history. Actually, it wasn’t even a game that the Cowboys had any business winning. What the Texas Stadium crowd got in week 4 of the 1983 season was an ending that amazed even the players.

The Cowboys scored first when Danny White connected with Drew Pearson on four yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. The Cowboys followed that score with a Rafael Septien 41 yard field goal that gave them a 10-0 lead.

In the second quarter it would be the Saints that would battle back to tie the Cowboys. Saints kicker Morten Anderson kicked a 19 yard field goal. Then Saints running back Wayne Wilson scored on a two yard run to tie the game at 10-10.

Before halftime the Cowboys took the lead 13-10 when Rafael Septien kicked his second field goal of the game from 34 yards.

The Saints tied the game again with the only points of the third quarter. Morten Anderson kicked his second field goal of the game from 42 yards. The game was tied at 13-13 as the fourth quarter started and the fireworks were about to begin.

On the third play of the fourth quarter and the Cowboys sitting at their own three yard line, Coach Tom Landry reached into his bag of tricks. Danny White took the snap from center and threw a lateral to Drew Pearson who would look to throw and take the Saints by surprise. White’s pass to Pearson was tipped, but still made it to Pearson. The tip interrupted the timing of Pearson’s pass attempt to fellow wide receiver Doug Donley who was streaking down the left sideline.

Saints cornerback Johnnie Poe, who was covering Donley left coverage and ran towards Pearson. Poe hit Pearson’s arm as he attempted his pass and the ball was then tipped high in the air by the Saints Frank Warren. Tony Elliot from the Saints jumped high to grab the ball, but he could only deflect it. The deflection went right back to Frank Warren who came down with the interception. Four plays later the Saints took their first lead of the game when Wayne Wilson scored from the one yard line. The Saints now led 20-13 with 12:35 left in the game.

The mistakes for the Cowboys continued on the kickoff as Ron Fellows fumbled the ball and the Saints recovered at the 20 yard line. The Saints were looking to add to their lead, but on 3rd and 12 Saints quarterback Kenny Stabler fumbled the ball from center and Cowboys Larry Bethea recovered.

The Cowboys could not take advantage of the turnover as Danny White added to the Cowboys fourth quarter mistakes. White threw an interception that the Saints returned to the Cowboys 35 yard line. The Saints once again were looking to add to their 20-13 lead. On 4th and 1 Saints Coach Bum Phillips decided to go for the field goal.

As Morten Anderson attempted his 43 yard field goal, Cowboys Ed Jones got his hands on the ball for the block. Ron Fellows recovered the block on one hop and returned it 62 yards untouched for the touchdown.

“I wasn’t thinking anything but picking up the ball,” Fellows said. “I knew it had to be six.”

Rafael Septien looked to tie the game at 20-20 with the extra point, but the Saints Tyrone Young blocked the kick and the Cowboys remained behind 20-19 with 7:05 left in the game.

The Cowboys got the ball back at their 20 yard line with 4:30 left in the game. Four plays later the Cowboys were at their 49 yard line. Tony Dorsett took a pitch-out from Danny White as the Saints were blitzing. Dorsett broke free into an empty secondary and scored what the Cowboys thought was the go ahead touchdown from 49 yards out. But the officials ruled that Dorsett stepped out of bounds at the 15 yard line.

Danny White continued the drive as he looked to put the Cowboys back on top. White looked for Doug Donley over the middle at the goal line as he beat cornerback Johnnie Poe. But White never saw Saints linebacker Dennis Winston who intercepted White in the end Zone. Instead of taking a knee for the touchback Winston came out of the end zone. He managed to get to the five yard line before being tackled. The Saints offense took over with 2:07 left in the game and still holding onto a 20-19 lead.

All the Saints needed to do was run out the clock and they would improve to 3-1 on the season and hand the Cowboys their first loss of the season. On first down running back Wayne Wilson, who had scored twice in the game was tackled after gaining only one yard. On second down the Saints were looking to put some room between them and the goal line.

Kenny Stabler dropped back into the end zone looking for receiver Jeff Groth, but Everson Walls had him covered. This allowed Cowboys linebacker Anthony Dickerson who was blitzing to beat Wayne Wilson and sack Stabler for the safety. The Cowboys took the lead and won the game 21-20. It was the first time that a team losing by one point won by one point on a safety.

It was a game the Cowboys had no business winning as they turned the ball over six times and allowed seven sacks on Danny White. The lone bright spot for the Cowboys came from Tony Dorsett who rushed for 124 on 16 carries.

“I’ve never been in a game as bizarre as this one,” Everson Walls said. “Were we lucky? That’s an understatement.”

“That was probably the most bizarre game I’ve ever been involved in,” Dorsett said. “We did everything possible to lose the game, and we still won it.”

“They deserved to win the game, there’s no question about it,” White said.

With the strange win by the Cowboys over the Saints they improved their record to 4-0 in 1983. The Cowboys would make a habit of coming from behind in the first half of the 1983 season as they built a 7-0 record with five come from behind wins. Their luck would end in week 8 as they fell to the L.A. Raiders 40-38.[18]

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Week 5

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Cowboys (5-0) 3 10 141037
Vikings (3-2) 7 17 0024

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

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Cowboys vs Vikings – 1983

The Cowboys went into the Metrodome in Minnesota with a 4-0 record early in the 1983 season. In the first four games of the season the Cowboys had to come from behind to win, this game against the Vikings would be no different.

The Vikings scored in the first quarter when Vikings quarterback Steve Dils went deep to wide receiver Sammy White. Everson Walls tripped as he was covering White, which allowed him to catch a 43 yard touchdown pass giving the Vikings a 7-0 lead. The Cowboys answered the Vikings score with a Rafael Septien 45 yard field goal as the first quarter ended.

In the second quarter Steve Dils went back to Sammy White. This time White was covered by Dennis Thurman, but the result was the same as the first quarter. Another touchdown for White, this time from 36 yards out and a 14-3 Vikings lead. The Vikings would add a field goal to increase their lead to 17-3 before Cowboys quarterback Danny White recorded their first touchdown of the game.

Facing a fourth and one from the Vikings two yard line, Danny White took the ball himself and ran in for the touchdown to get the Cowboys closer, 17-10.

With 45 seconds left in the first half the Cowboys faced a third down from their own eight yard line. The exchange between center Tom Rafferty and Danny White was fumbled and the Vikings recovered at the five yard line. On the next play the Vikings Ted Brown scored and increased the Vikings lead to 24-10.

After the Vikings kicked off the Cowboys got the ball at their own 19 yard line with 40 seconds left in the half. Coach Tom Landry thought the safe thing to do was to run out the clock and regroup at halftime.

“It looked like the best thing was to get off the field with no more points being scored,” Landry said.

Danny White had other ideas. Landry called in a running play for Tony Dorsett, but White did not agree and changed the play in the huddle.

“I was so confident we could move the ball,” White said. “I didn’t want to sit on it.”

White called for a pass to Doug Cosbie that could have gone for big yardage, but White overthrew Cosbie. It was clear that Landry was not happy with White changing the play and called for another running play to Dorsett.

“He was sending me a message,” White said. “Actually, I got his message when I looked over to the sideline.”

Tony Dorsett gained ten yards on the next play and it was almost like Landry realized what White wanted to do. The next four plays were passes and White completed three of them gaining 54 yards. With the Cowboys sitting at the Vikings 28 yard line Septien kicked his second 45 yard field goal to end the first half and to get the Cowboys to within 24-13.

“I like for my quarterbacks to have freedom,” Landry said. “And we did end up with three points.”

“It would have been a real mistake to run out the clock without trying to get a field goal,” White said. “There were holes all over their defense. I knew we could move the ball. Sometimes you’ve got to react as a football player and do things on instinct.”

Midway through the third quarter the Cowboys defense forced the Vikings to punt. Rod Hill returned the punt 37 yards to the Vikings 47 yard line. From there Danny White led the Cowboys to the Vikings five yard line where Ron Springs scored to make the score 24-20 Vikings.

After a Danny White interception, the Vikings found themselves at the Cowboys 47 yard line looking to increase their lead. The Cowboys decided to run their 4-0 blitz package. For those who don’t remember the Cowboys loved to run a package of four defensive linemen, no linebackers and seven defensive backs, blitzing most of their secondary. This package sometimes got the defense into trouble, but other times the defense would capitalize. In this case it would be Dennis Thurman who blitzed from the outside and was able to raise his arm to obstruct Steve Dils vision. The result was Ron Fellows stepping in front of his receiver for an interception and racing 58 yards for a touchdown. This gave the Cowboys their first lead of the game, 27-24 with a little over two minutes to go in the third quarter.

“That ball was like a Christmas present,” Fellows said. “And if it’s free, I’ll take it.”

With the Cowboys defense controlling the Vikings offense in the second half. It was time for Dorsett to take control for the Cowboys offense. On a drive that consumed over six minutes, Dorsett had runs of 21 and 25 yards. From the Vikings 11 yard line White found Drew Pearson for an insurance score that increased the Cowboys lead to 34-24.

Tony Dorsett rushed for 141 yards against the Vikings despite dealing with a bruised thigh, bruised knee, sore ribs and a cracked bone in his right wrist.

“I was running for my life. I’m banged up all over my body,” Dorsett said.

Rafael Septien added his third field goal of the game to close out the scoring and giving the Cowboys a 37-24 victory. The Cowboys outscored the Vikings 24-0 in the second half to improve their record to 5-0.

“It’s a legitimate 5-0,” Thurman said. “We can make plays like this all year and you’ll see us 14-2 or 15-1. The guys just don’t think they can lose. It’s a feeling you get in the huddle and the locker room. When we left for the second half, we knew something would happen.”

The Cowboys would push their record to 7-0 in 1983 before losing to the LA Raiders 40-38 in week 8. They would finish the season with a 12-4 record before losing in the first round of the playoffs to the LA Rams, 24-17.[19]

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Week 6

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Buccaneers (0-6) 10 0 77024
Cowboys (6-0) 7 7 37327

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Week 7

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Eagles (4-3) 7 0 007
Cowboys (7-0) 10 13 7737

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

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Week 8

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Raiders (6-2) 10 21 3640
Cowboys (7-1) 7 17 01438

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

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  • DAL – Ron Springs 2-yard run (Rafael Septien kick) – Cowboys 14–10
  • DAL – Rafael Septien 23-yard field goal – Cowboys 17–10
  • LA – Frank Hawkins 23-yard run (Chris Bahr kick) – Tied 17–17
  • DAL – Butch Johnson 15-yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick) – Cowboys 24–17
  • LA – Frank Hawkins 17-yard pass from Marc Wilson (Chris Bahr kick) – Tied 24–24
  • LA – Todd Christensen 1-yard pass from Marc Wilson (Chris Bahr kick) – Raiders 31–24
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  • LA – Chris Bahr 24-yard field goal – Raiders 34–24
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  • DAL – Doug Donley 17-yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick) – Raiders 34–31
  • DAL – Mike Hegman 9-yard fumble return (Rafael Septien kick) – Cowboys 38–34
  • LA – Chris Bahr 26-yard field goal – Cowboys 38–37
  • LA – Chris Bahr 26-yard field goal – Raiders 40–38
Raiders
  • Marc Wilson
    26/49, 318 Yds, 3 TD, INT
  • Frank Hawkins
    17 Rush, 118 Yds, TD
  • Todd Christensen
    7 Rec, 90 Yds, TD
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  • Danny White
    19/38, 240 Yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • Tony Dorsett
    20 Rush, 65 Yds
  • Butch Johnson
    3 Rec, 54 Yds, TD
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Week 9

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Cowboys (8-1) 7 10 71438
Giants (2-6-1) 7 7 6020

at The Meadowlands

  • Date: Sunday, October 30, 1983
  • Game time: 1:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 43 degrees, relative humidity 49, round(wind) 14.5 mph
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Week 10

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Cowboys (9-1) 0 10 10727
Eagles (4-6) 7 3 3720

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Week 11

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Cowboys (9-2) 0 6 31423
Chargers (4-7) 7 10 7024

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  • Danny White
    31/47, 300 Yds, 3 TD, 0 INT, 35 Lng
  • Tony Dorsett
    17 Rush, 58 Yds, 0 TD, 12 Lng, 4 Rec, 20 Yds, 10 Lng
  • Ron Springs
    10 Rush, 40 Yds, 0 TD, 15 Lng, 8 Rec, 45 Yds, 0 TD, 13 Long
  • Drew Pearson
    5 Rec, 60 Yds, 1 TD, 16 Lng
  • Doug Cosbie
    5 Rec, 52 Yds, 0 TD, 22 Lng
  • Butch Johnson
    1 Rec, 20 Yds, 0 TD, 20 Lng
  • Billy Joe Dupree
    1 Rec, 4 Yds, 1 TD, 4 Lng
Chargers
  • Ed Luther
    26/43, 340 Yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 30 Lng
  • Chuck Muncie
    18 Rush, 30 Yds, 1 TD, 8 Lng, 4 Rec, 65 Yds, 27 Lng
  • Charlie Joiner
    6 Rec, 86 Yds, 0 TD, 22 Lng
  • Pete Holohan
    5 Rec, 84 Yds, 1 TD, 30 Lng
  • Kellen Winslow
    5 Rec, 50 Yds, 0 TD, 24 Lng
  • Wes Chandler
    5 Rec, 47 Yds, 0 TD, 20 Lng
  • Earnest Jackson
    1 Rec, 8 Yds, 0 TD, 8 Lng
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Week 13

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Cardinals (5-7-1) 7 0 3717
Cowboys (11-2) 7 14 01435

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

  • Date: Thursday, November 24, 1983
  • Game time: 4:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 43 degrees, relative humidity 61, round(wind) 8.0 mph
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Cowboys (12-2) 7 7 71435
Seahawks (7-7) 0 3 0710

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Redskins (13-2) 14 0 71031
Cowboys (12-3) 7 3 0010

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Cowboys (12-4) 3 7 0717
49ers (10-6) 21 0 71442

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Wild card playoffs

December 26, 1983

NFC: Los Angeles Rams 24, Dallas Cowboys 17

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Cowboys (12-5) 0 7 3717

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  • Scoring
    • LA – D. Hill 18 pass from Ferragamo (Lansford kick) RAMS 7–0
    • DAL – T. Hill 14 pass from White (Septien kick) 7–7
    • DAL – field goal Septien 41 DAL 10–7
    • LA – Dennard 16 pass from Ferragamo (Lansford kick) RAMS 14–10
    • LA – Farmer 8 pass from Ferragamo (Lansford kick) RAMS 21–10
    • LA – field goal Lansford 20 RAMS 24–10
    • DAL – Cosbie 2 pass from White (Septien kick) RAMS 24–17

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Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(1) 14 2 0 .875 7–1 10–2 541 332 W9
Dallas Cowboys(4) 12 4 0 .750 7–1 10–2 479 360 L2
St. Louis Cardinals 8 7 1 .531 3–4–1 5–6–1 374 428 W3
Philadelphia Eagles 5 11 0 .313 1–7 4–10 233 322 L2
New York Giants 3 12 1 .219 1–6–1 3–8–1 267 347 L4

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Game site NFL recap Attendance
Wild card December 26, 1983 Los Angeles Rams L 17–24 Texas Stadium [20]
43,521

Awards

Five players represented the Cowboys in the 1984 Pro Bowl: Doug Cosbie, Tony Dorsett, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Everson Walls, and Randy White. White and Walls were voted to the Associated Press' All-NFL first team, while Dorsett was voted to the AP's All-NFL second team.

References

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

1. The Football Encyclopedia ISBN 0-312-11435-4
2. Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
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