1966 Dallas Cowboys season

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1966 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Tom Landry
Home field Cotton Bowl
Results
Record 10–3–1
Division place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Lost NFL Championship
Timeline
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< 1965 1967 >

The 1966 Dallas Cowboys season was the seventh for the franchise in the National Football League. It involved the 10–3–1 Cowboys qualifying for the NFL post-season for the second time in franchise history, by winning the NFL Eastern Conference title, before losing the NFL Championship Game to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 Bye
2 September 18, 1966 New York Giants W 52–7
60,010
3 September 25, 1966 Minnesota Vikings W 28–17
64,116
4 October 2, 1966 at Atlanta Falcons W 47–14
56,990
5 October 9, 1966 Philadelphia Eagles W 56–7
69,372
6 October 16, 1966 at St. Louis Cardinals T 10–10
50,673
7 October 23, 1966 at Cleveland Browns L 30–21
84,721
8 October 30, 1966 Pittsburgh Steelers W 52–21
58,453
9 November 6, 1966 at Philadelphia Eagles L 24–23
60,658
10 November 13, 1966 at Washington Redskins W 31–30
50,927
11 November 20, 1966 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–7
42,185
12 November 24, 1966 Cleveland Browns W 26–14
80,259
13 December 4, 1966 St. Louis Cardinals W 31–17
76,965
14 December 11, 1966 Washington Redskins L 34–31
64,198
15 December 18, 1966 at New York Giants W 17–7
62,735

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
NFL Championship January 1, 1967 Green Bay Packers L 34–27
75,504

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 3 1 .769 445 239 W-1
Cleveland Browns 9 5 0 .643 403 259 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 9 5 0 .643 326 340 W-1
St. Louis Cardinals 8 5 1 .615 264 265 L-3
Washington Redskins 7 7 0 .500 351 355 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 8 1 .385 316 347 W-2
Atlanta Falcons 3 11 0 .214 204 437 L-1
New York Giants 1 12 1 .077 263 501 L-8

Season recap[edit]

With the growth in popularity of televised NFL games, the league began looking for a second team in addition to the Detroit Lions, to host an annual Thanksgiving Day game. Every team turned down the offer, except for the Dallas Cowboys. General Manager Tex Schramm recognized this as an opportunity for the franchise to increase its popularity and establish its own Thanksgiving Day game tradition.

In 1966, the Cowboys who had been founded six years earlier, adopted the practice of hosting Thanksgiving games. It is widely rumored that the Cowboys sought a guarantee that they would regularly host Thanksgiving games as a condition of their very first one (since games on days other than Sunday were uncommon at the time and thus high attendance was not a certainty). Since then, the two "traditional" Thanksgiving Day pro football games have been in Detroit and Dallas.

Roster[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 1966 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
42 Active, 0 Inactive

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

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