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2012 Dallas Cowboys season

2012 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Jason Garrett
General manager Jerry Jones
Owner Jerry Jones
Home field Cowboys Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd NFC East
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Jason Witten TE, DeMarcus Ware LB, Anthony Spencer LB
Uniform
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The 2012 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 53rd season National Football League, the fourth playing their home games at Cowboys Stadium and the second full season under head coach Jason Garrett. The Cowboys matched their win total from 2011, but missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season after losing their final game for the second straight season, this time to the Washington Redskins.

2012 draft class

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 6 Morris Claiborne CB LSU
3 81 Tyrone Crawford DE Boise State
4 113 Kyle Wilber LB Wake Forest
135[a] Matt Johnson S Eastern Washington
5 152 Danny Coale WR Virginia Tech
6 186 James Hanna TE Oklahoma
7 222 Caleb McSurdy LB Montana
Notes
^[a] Compensatory selection.

Staff

2012 Dallas Cowboys staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Rosters

Opening preseason roster

Dallas Cowboys 2012 opening preseason roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

90 Active, 0 Inactive

Week one roster

Dallas Cowboys 2012 week one roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

53 Active, 3 Inactive, 8 PS

Final roster

2012 Dallas Cowboys final roster
Quarterbacks

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53 Active, 13 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

Schedule

Preseason

The preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2012. The Cowboys had their lowest preseason, regular or playoff scoring game in franchise history (3–0 vs. Oakland Raiders).[citation needed]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 13 7:00 p.m. CDT at Oakland Raiders W 3–0 1–0 O.co Coliseum ESPN/KTVT Recap
2 August 18 8:00 p.m. CDT at San Diego Chargers L 20–28 1–1 Qualcomm Stadium NFLN/KTVT Recap
3 August 25 7:00 p.m. CDT St. Louis Rams W 20–19 2–1 Cowboys Stadium KXTX Recap
4 August 29 7:30 p.m. CDT Miami Dolphins W 30–13 3–1 Cowboys Stadium KTXA Recap

Regular season

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 5 7:30 p.m. CDT at New York Giants W 24–17 1–0 MetLife Stadium NBC Recap
2 September 16 3:05 p.m. CDT at Seattle Seahawks L 7–27 1–1 CenturyLink Field Fox Recap
3 September 23 12:00 p.m. CDT Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 16–10 2–1 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
4 October 1 7:30 p.m. CDT Chicago Bears L 18–34 2–2 Cowboys Stadium ESPN[a] Recap
5 Bye
6 October 14 12:00 p.m. CDT at Baltimore Ravens L 29–31 2–3 M&T Bank Stadium Fox Recap
7 October 21 12:00 p.m. CDT at Carolina Panthers W 19–14 3–3 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
8 October 28 3:25 p.m. CDT New York Giants L 24–29 3–4 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
9 November 4 7:20 p.m. CST at Atlanta Falcons L 13–19 3–5 Georgia Dome NBC Recap
10 November 11 3:25 p.m. CST at Philadelphia Eagles W 38–23 4–5 Lincoln Financial Field Fox Recap
11 November 18 12:00 p.m. CST Cleveland Browns W 23–20 (OT) 5–5 Cowboys Stadium CBS Recap
12 November 22 3:25 p.m. CST Washington Redskins L 31–38 5–6 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
13 December 2 7:20 p.m. CST Philadelphia Eagles W 38–33 6-6 Cowboys Stadium NBC Recap
14 December 9 12:00 p.m. CST at Cincinnati Bengals W 20–19 7–6 Paul Brown Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 16 3:25 p.m. CST Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–24 (OT) 8–6 Cowboys Stadium CBS Recap
16 December 23 12:00 p.m. CST New Orleans Saints L 31–34 (OT) 8–7 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
17 December 30 7:20 p.m. CST at Washington Redskins L 18–28 8–8 FedEx Field NBC[a] Recap
LEGEND
Bold indicates division games.
^[a] Simulcast locally on KTXA.

Game summaries

Week 1: at New York Giants

Week One: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 7 10724
Giants 0 3 7717

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

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  • DAL Ogletree 10-yard pass from Romo Bailey kick (7 plays 78 yards 2:33)
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  • DAL Ogletree 40-yard pass from Romo Bailey kick (9 plays 80 yards 4:36)
  • NYG Bradshaw 10-yard run Tynes kick (9 plays 77 yards 5:13)
  • DAL Bailey 33 yd field goal (8 plays 65 yards 4:31)
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  • DAL Austin 34-yard pass from Romo Bailey kick (8 plays 92 yards 7:06)
  • NYG Bennett 9-yard pass from Manning Tynes kick (12 plays 79 yards 3:21)
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In the third quarter, the Cowboys added onto its lead Romo hooked up with Ogletree again with a 40-yard touchdown pass. New York answered with a 10-yard run from running back Ahmad Bradshaw, yet Dallas responded in kind with a 33-yard field goal from kicker Dan Bailey. The Cowboys pulled away for good in the fourth quarter with Romo connecting with wide receiver Miles Austin on a 34-yard touchdown pass. The Giants closed out the game with quarterback Eli Manning completing a 9-yard touchdown pass to former Dallas tight end Martellus Bennett.

With the win, the Cowboys began the season at 1–0.

Week 2: at Seattle Seahawks

Week Two: Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 7 007
Seahawks 10 3 7727

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  • DAL Austin 22-yard pass from Romo. Bailey PAT good. (12:20)
  • SEA Hauschka 25-yard field goal. (2:00)
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  • SEA McCoy 22-yard pass from R. Wilson. Hauschka PAT good. (5:12)
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Week 3: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week Three: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 7 0 0310
Cowboys 7 3 0616

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

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With the victory, Dallas improved their season to 2–1.

Week 4: vs. Chicago Bears

Week Four: Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 10 141034
Cowboys 0 7 3818

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

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Week 6: at Baltimore Ravens

Week Six: Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 7 3 10929
Ravens 3 14 7731

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

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Week 7: at Carolina Panthers

Week Seven: Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 3 10619
Panthers 0 7 0714

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: October 21
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
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  • Game attendance: 73,981
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa

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With the win, the Cowboys go to 3–3

Week 8: vs. New York Giants

Week Eight: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 13 10 0629
Cowboys 0 10 14024

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Script error: No such module "convert"., sunny skies
  • Game attendance: 94,067
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver

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Week 9: at Atlanta Falcons

Week Nine: Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 6 0 0713
Falcons 0 6 01319

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 4
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. EST/7:20 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,840
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya

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During this game, Jason Witten's 7 receptions brought him to a franchise record of 754, surpassing Michael Irvin's previous record of 750.[1]

With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 3–5.

Week 10: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week Ten: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 7 3 72138
Eagles 7 0 10623

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Script error: No such module "convert"., sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,144
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver

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Week 11: vs. Cleveland Browns

Week Eleven: Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Browns 7 6 07020
Cowboys 0 0 317323

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 81,936
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf

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Week 12: vs. Washington Redskins

Thanksgiving Day game
Week Twelve: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Redskins 0 28 01038
Cowboys 3 0 101831

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: November 22
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 90,166
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews

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Week 13: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week Thirteen: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 7 10 7933
Cowboys 0 10 72138

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 81,851
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya

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Week 14: at Cincinnati Bengals

Week Fourteen: Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 3 7 01020
Bengals 10 3 6019

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Script error: No such module "convert"., cloudy
  • Game attendance: 63,590
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, and Laura Okmin

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Week 15: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Week Fifteen: Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Steelers 0 10 77024
Cowboys 3 7 77327

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Script error: No such module "convert"., clear skies
  • Game attendance: 95,595
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

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Week 16: vs. New Orleans Saints

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at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 92,570
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa

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Week 17: at Washington Redskins

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at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. EST/7:20 p.m. CST
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  • Game attendance: 82,845
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya

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Season recap

The Cowboys started the season on September 5, playing a Wednesday game for the first time in franchise history.[citation needed]

Against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 11 during the fourth quarter, the Cowboys became the second team in NFL history to score touchdowns via interception, fumble return and punt return in the same quarter.[citation needed] The first one was the San Francisco 49ers in 1966.[citation needed]

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 436 388 W7
New York Giants 9 7 0 .563 3–3 8–4 429 344 W1
Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 376 400 L2
Philadelphia Eagles 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 280 444 L3

Footnotes

^[a] The Week 17 game was originally going to be aired on Fox which, due to playoff implications, competed with NBC for the slot.[2] The game was ultimately moved to NBC.[3]

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