1966 Dallas Cowboys season

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1966 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Tom Landry
Owner Clint Murchison, Jr.
Home field Cotton Bowl
Results
Record 10–3–1
Division place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Lost NFL Championship
(Packers, 34–27)

The 1966 Dallas Cowboys season was the seventh for the franchise in the National Football League. The Cowboys finished the regular season at 10–3–1, their first winning record as a franchise and first Eastern Conference title. They hosted the NFL Championship Game at the Cotton Bowl, but lost to the defending champion Green Bay Packers, who went on to win the first Super Bowl two weeks later.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 11, 1966 Bye
2 September 18, 1966 New York Giants W, 52–7 1–0–0
60,010
3 September 25, 1966 Minnesota Vikings W, 28–17 2–0–0
64,116
4 October 2, 1966 at Atlanta Falcons W, 47–14 3–0–0
56,990
5 October 9, 1966 Philadelphia Eagles W, 56–7 4–0–0
69,372
6 October 16, 1966 at St. Louis Cardinals T, 10–10 4–0–1
50,673
7 October 23, 1966 at Cleveland Browns L, 30–21 4–1–1
84,721
8 October 30, 1966 Pittsburgh Steelers W, 52–21 5–1–1
58,453
9 November 6, 1966 at Philadelphia Eagles L, 24–23 5–2–1
60,658
10 November 13, 1966 at Washington Redskins W, 31–30 6–2–1
50,927
11 November 20, 1966 at Pittsburgh Steelers W, 20–7 7–2–1
42,185
12 November 24, 1966 Cleveland Browns W, 26–14 8–2–1
80,259
13 December 4, 1966 St. Louis Cardinals W, 31–17 9–2–1
76,965
14 December 11, 1966 Washington Redskins L, 34–31 9–3–1
64,198
15 December 18, 1966 at New York Giants W, 17–7 10–3–1
62,735
  • A bye week was necessary in 1966, as the league expanded to an odd-number (15) of teams (Atlanta); one team was idle each week.

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 3 1 .769 9–3–1 445 239 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 9 5 0 .643 8–5 326 340 W4
Cleveland Browns 9 5 0 .643 9–4 403 259 W1
St. Louis Cardinals 8 5 1 .615 7–5–1 264 265 L3
Washington Redskins 7 7 0 .500 7–6 351 355 L1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 8 1 .385 4–8–1 316 347 W2
Atlanta Falcons 3 11 0 .214 2–5 204 437 L1
New York Giants 1 12 1 .077 1–11–1 263 501 L8

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

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

Rookies in italics
42 Active, 0 Inactive


Postseason[edit]

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

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

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