1981 Dallas Cowboys season

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1981 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Tom Landry
General manager Tex Schramm
Home field Texas Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Conference Championship
Timeline
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< 1980 1982 >

The 1981 Dallas Cowboys season was their 22nd in the league. The team matched their previous output of 12–4, winning their fifth division title in six years.[1] They lost the Conference Championship game for the second straight season.

The season began with four straight victories, followed by two losses (including a surprising 45–14 blowout loss to the 49ers in week six). The Cowboys rebounded to win 8 of their 9 games to clinch the NFC East but had to settle for the conference's number two seed behind the 49ers.

The Cowboys easily defeated Tampa Bay in the divisional playoff to earn a rematch with the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. The game was much closer this time, and the Cowboys still held a 27–21 lead with less than a minute to play. However, Joe Montana led a late drive and hit Dwight Clark in the famous "Catch" to give San Francisco a 28–27 victory.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 at Washington Redskins W 26–10
55,045
2 September 13, 1981 St. Louis Cardinals W 30–17
63,602
3 September 21, 1981 at New England Patriots W 35–21
60,311
4 September 27, 1981 New York Giants W 18–10
63,449
5 October 4, 1981 at St. Louis Cardinals L 20–17
49,477
6 October 11, 1981 at San Francisco 49ers L 45–14
57,574
7 October 18, 1981 Los Angeles Rams W 29–17
64,649
8 October 25, 1981 Miami Dolphins W 28–27
64,221
9 November 1, 1981 at Philadelphia Eagles W 17–14
72,111
10 November 9, 1981 Buffalo Bills W 27–14
62,583
11 November 15, 1981 at Detroit Lions L 27–24
79,694
12 November 22, 1981 Washington Redskins W 24–10
64,587
13 November 26, 1981 Chicago Bears W 10–9
63,499
14 December 6, 1981 at Baltimore Colts W 37–13
54,871
15 December 13, 1981 Philadelphia Eagles W 21–10
64,955
16 December 19, 1981 at New York Giants L 13–10
73,009

Game notes[edit]

Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 7 7 0 0 14
• Cowboys 7 0 20 0 27
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 62,583
  • Game weather: 50°F; Wind 20
  • Television network: ABC

[2]


Week 12[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 7 3 0 10
• Cowboys 7 3 7 7 24
  • Date: November 22
  • Location: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
  • Game start: 3:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 64,587
  • Game weather: 51°F; wind 7

[3]


Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 2, 1982 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 38–0
64,848
Conference January 10, 1982 at San Francisco 49ers L 28–27
60,525

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Dallas Cowboys(2) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 8–4 367 277
Philadelphia Eagles(4) 10 6 0 .625 4–4 7–5 368 221
New York Giants(5) 9 7 0 .563 5–3 8–6 295 257
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 3–5 6–6 347 349
St. Louis Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 2–6 4–8 315 408

Roster[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 1981 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

References[edit]