1965 Dallas Cowboys season

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1965 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Tom Landry
Owner Clint Murchison, Jr.
Home field Cotton Bowl
Results
Record 7–7
Division place 2nd NFL Eastern (tie)
Playoff finish Lost Playoff Bowl[1]

The 1965 Dallas Cowboys season was their sixth in the National Football League and their best record to date, at 7–7.[2] 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,[3][4] held three weeks after the regular season, but lost 35–3 to the Baltimore Colts, runners-up of the Western Conference.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 19, 1965 New York Giants W, 31–2
59,366
2 September 26, 1965 Washington Redskins W, 27–7
61,577
3 October 4, 1965 at St. Louis Cardinals L, 20–13
32,034
4 October 10, 1965 Philadelphia Eagles L 35–24
56,249
5 October 17, 1965 at Cleveland Browns L, 23–17
80,451
6 October 24, 1965 at Green Bay Packers L, 13–3
48,311
7 October 31, 1965 at Pittsburgh Steelers L, 22–13
37,804
8 November 7, 1965 San Francisco 49ers W, 39–31
39,677
9 November 14, 1965 Pittsburgh Steelers W, 24–17
57,293
10 November 21, 1965 Cleveland Browns L, 24–17
76,251
11 November 28, 1965 at Washington Redskins L, 34–31
50,205
12 December 5, 1965 at Philadelphia Eagles W, 21–19
54,714
13 December 11, 1965 St. Louis Cardinals W, 27–13
38,499
14 December 19, 1965 at New York Giants W, 38–20
62,871

Postseason[edit]

Main article: Playoff Bowl
Week Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance
Playoff Bowl January 9, 1966 Baltimore Colts Orange Bowl L, 35–3
65,569

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 11 3 0 .786 11–1 363 325 W1
Dallas Cowboys 7 7 0 .500 6–6 325 280 W3
New York Giants 7 7 0 .500 7–5 270 338 L1
Washington Redskins 6 8 0 .429 6–6 257 301 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 5 9 0 .357 5–7 363 359 L1
St. Louis Cardinals 5 9 0 .357 5–7 296 309 L6
Pittsburgh Steelers 2 12 0 .143 2–10 202 397 L7

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Roster[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 1965 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
40 Active, 0 Inactive

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dallascowboys.com/team/history_year.cfm?yr=1965
  2. ^ 1965 Dallas Cowboys
  3. ^ "Dallas clips Giants, lands Playoff Bowl". Victoria Advocate (Texas). Associated Press. December 20, 1965. p. 12. 
  4. ^ "Cowboys jar Giants for ticket to Playoff Bowl". Schenectady Gazette (New York). Associated Press. December 20, 1965. p. 27. 
  5. ^ "'Instant quarterback' Matte leads 35-3 rout of Dallas". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 10, 1966. p. 8.