1965 Dallas Cowboys season
|1965 Dallas Cowboys season|
|Head coach||Tom Landry|
|Owner||Clint Murchison, Jr.|
|Home field||Cotton Bowl|
|Division place||2nd NFL Eastern (tie)|
|Playoff finish||Lost NFL Playoff Bowl (vs. Colts) 3-35|
The 1965 Dallas Cowboys season was their sixth in the National Football League and their best record to date, at 7–7. After five consecutive losses, Dallas was 2–5 halfway through the season. They won five of the final seven games and finished in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference, with the New York Giants, four games behind the defending NFL champion Cleveland Browns (11–3).
The Cowboys defeated the Giants twice and earned the berth in the third place Playoff Bowl in Miami, held three weeks after the regular season, but lost 35–3 to the Baltimore Colts, runners-up of the Western Conference.
|1||September 19, 1965||New York Giants||W, 31–2||
|2||September 26, 1965||Washington Redskins||W, 27–7||
|3||October 4, 1965||at St. Louis Cardinals||L, 20–13||
|4||October 10, 1965||Philadelphia Eagles||L 35–24||
|5||October 17, 1965||at Cleveland Browns||L, 23–17||
|6||October 24, 1965||at Green Bay Packers||L, 13–3||
|7||October 31, 1965||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L, 22–13||
|8||November 7, 1965||San Francisco 49ers||W, 39–31||
|9||November 14, 1965||Pittsburgh Steelers||W, 24–17||
|10||November 21, 1965||Cleveland Browns||L, 24–17||
|11||November 28, 1965||at Washington Redskins||L, 34–31||
|12||December 5, 1965||at Philadelphia Eagles||W, 21–19||
|13||December 11, 1965||St. Louis Cardinals||W, 27–13||
|14||December 19, 1965||at New York Giants||W, 38–20||
|Playoff Bowl||January 9, 1966||Baltimore Colts||Orange Bowl||L, 35–3||
|NFL Eastern Conference|
|New York Giants||7||7||0||.500||7–5||270||338||L1|
|St. Louis Cardinals||5||9||0||.357||5–7||296||309||L6|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
|Dallas Cowboys 1965 roster|
Rookies in italics
- 1965 Dallas Cowboys
- "Dallas clips Giants, lands Playoff Bowl". Victoria Advocate. Texas. Associated Press. December 20, 1965. p. 12.
- "Cowboys jar Giants for ticket to Playoff Bowl". Schenectady Gazette. New York. Associated Press. December 20, 1965. p. 27.
- "'Instant quarterback' Matte leads 35-3 rout of Dallas". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 10, 1966. p. 8.