1977 Dallas Cowboys season

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1977 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachTom Landry
General managerTex Schramm
OwnerClint Murchison, Jr.
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Results
Record12–2
Division place1st in NFC East
Playoff finishWon Super Bowl XII
(vs. Broncos) 27-10
The Cowboys playing against the Broncos in Super Bowl XII.

The 1977 Dallas Cowboys season was their 18th in the NFL. The club appeared twice on Monday Night Football. Tony Dorsett rushed for 1,007 yards and became the second member of the Cowboys (first since 1973) to have a 1,000-yard rushing season. During the season, the club scored 345 points, which ranked first in the NFC, while the defense only gave up 212 points. The Cowboys made it to their fourth Super Bowl and beat the Denver Broncos to capture their second Super Bowl Championship. They were the first team from the NFC East Division to win two Super Bowls. Their 15-2 record (.882, including the postseason) remains the highest single season winning percentage in team history.

Offseason[edit]

To improve their running game, the Cowboys orchestrated a big trade with the Seattle Seahawks, moving up in the NFL Draft to acquire running back Tony Dorsett.[1]

With the retirement of Lee Roy Jordan, Bob Breunig was given the starting middle linebacker position, Randy White was moved to defensive tackle, and Thomas Henderson became a starter at strongside linebacker, turning the defense into a dominant unit.

Draft[edit]

1977 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 2 Tony Dorsett *   RB Pittsburgh Pick from SEA
2 54 Glenn Carano  QB UNLV
3 62 Tony Hill  WR Stanford
3 81 Van Belcher  OG Houston
4 108 Guy Brown  LB Houston
5 137 Andy Frederick  OT New Mexico
6 164 Jim Cooper  OT Temple
7 191 Dave Stalls  DE Northern Colorado
8 208 Al Cleveland  DL Pacific
8 221 Fred Williams  RB Arizona St
9 248 Mark Cantrell  C North Carolina
10 275 Steve DeBerg  QB San Jose St
11 305 Don Wardlow  TE Washington
12 332 Greg Peters  OL California
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Regular season[edit]

  • December 4, 1977 – Tony Dorsett becomes the first player in franchise history to rush for at least 200 yards in a game. Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Dorsett had 23 rushes for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns including an 84-yard touchdown run which was the longest during the 1977 NFL Season.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Result Record Opponent Points For Points Against First Downs Attendance
1 September 18 Win 1–0 at Minnesota Vikings 16 10 16
47,678
2 September 25 Win 2–0 New York Giants 41 21 25
64,215
3 October 2 Win 3–0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 7 23
55,316
4 October 9 Win 4–0 at St. Louis Cardinals 30 24 22
50,129
5 October 16 Win 5–0 Washington Redskins 34 16 23
62,115
6 October 23 Win 6–0 at Philadelphia Eagles 16 10 17
65,507
7 October 30 Win 7–0 Detroit Lions 37 0 20
63,160
8 November 6 Win 8–0 at New York Giants 24 10 13
74,532
9 November 14 Loss 8–1 St. Louis Cardinals 17 24 16
64,038
10 November 20 Loss 8–2 at Pittsburgh Steelers 13 28 20
49,761
11 November 27 Win 9–2 at Washington Redskins 14 7 19
55,031
12 December 4 Win 10–2 Philadelphia Eagles 24 14 19
60,289
13 December 12 Win 11–2 at San Francisco 49ers 42 35 24
55,851
14 December 18 Win 12–2 Denver Broncos 14 6 15
63,752

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys(1) 12 2 0 .857 7–1 11–1 345 212 W4
Washington Redskins 9 5 0 .643 4–4 8–4 196 189 W3
St. Louis Cardinals 7 7 0 .500 4–4 7–5 272 287 L4
Philadelphia Eagles 5 9 0 .357 2–6 4–8 220 207 W2
New York Giants 5 9 0 .357 3–5 5–7 181 265 L2

Roster[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 1977 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
45 Active, 4 Inactive

Game Summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

1 2 34OTTotal
Cowboys 0 3 07616
Vikings 7 0 03010

at Metropolitan Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: Sunday, September 18, 1977
  • Game time: 1:00
  • Game weather: 68°, wind 12 mph
  • Box Score

Week 2: vs. New York Giants[edit]

1 2 34Total
Giants 0 7 14021
Cowboys 14 17 3741

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

  • Date: Sunday, September 25, 1977
  • Game time: 1:00
  • Game weather: 88°, wind 16 mph
  • Box Score

Week 3: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 0 7 007
Cowboys 17 3 3023

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

  • Date: Sunday, October 2, 1977
  • Game time: 12:00
  • Game weather: 74 F, wind 15 mph
  • Referee: Bernie Ulman
  • Box Score

Week 4: at St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

1 2 34Total
Cowboys 3 10 31430
Cardinals 10 7 7024

at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: Sunday, October 9, 1977
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 49 F, wind 13 mph
  • Box Score

Week 5: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 34Total
Redskins 6 7 3016
Cowboys 0 14 61434

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

  • Date: Sunday, October 16
  • Game time: 3:00 pm
  • Game weather: 56 F, wind 8 mph
  • Box Score

Week 6: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 6 01016
Eagles 0 7 0310

at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

  • Date: Sunday, October 23
  • Game time: 1:00 pm
  • Game weather: 53 F, wind 11 mph
  • Referee: Don Wedge
  • Box Score

Week 7: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

1 2 34Total
Lions 0 0 000
Cowboys 3 20 7737

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Week 8: at New York Giants[edit]

1 2 34Total
Cowboys 7 7 7324
Giants 0 3 7010

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: Sunday, November 6
  • Game time: 1:00 pm
  • Game weather: 54 F, wind 16 mph
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • Box Score

Week 9: vs. St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

1 2 34Total
Cardinals 3 0 71424
Cowboys 0 14 0317

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

  • Date: Monday, November 14
  • Game time: 8:00 pm
  • Game weather: 61 F, wind 12 mph
  • Box Score

Week 10: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

1 2 34Total
Cowboys 6 7 0013
Steelers 0 14 14028

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh

Week 11: at Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 0 7714
Redskins 0 7 007

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

  • Date: Sunday, November 27
  • Game time: 4:00 pm
  • Game weather: 31 F, wind 16 mph
  • Box Score

Week 12: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 34Total
Eagles 0 7 7014
Cowboys 7 7 3724

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Week 13: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 21 71442
49ers 7 7 71435

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 0 336
Cowboys 7 0 7014

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Postseason[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 37, Chicago Bears 7
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 0 077
Cowboys 7 10 17337

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

NFC Championship Game[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 23, Minnesota Vikings 6
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 6 006
Cowboys 6 10 0723

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Super Bowl XII[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10
1 2 34Total
Cowboys (NFC) 10 3 7727
Broncos (AFC) 0 0 10010

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans

Season recap[edit]

With an improved offense and defense, the Cowboys finished with a 12-2 regular season record, breezing through the playoffs by beating the Chicago Bears 37-7 in the divisional round, defeating the Minnesota Vikings 23-6 in the NFC Championship Game and winning Super Bowl XII 27-10 against the Denver Broncos.

Dorsett set a franchise rookie record with 1,007 rushing yards. Defensive end Harvey Martin had one of the greatest seasons ever by an NFL player. In a 14-game season he totaled 85 tackles and an estimated league-leading 23 sacks[3] (more than Michael Strahan's 22.5 record in 16 games), he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, a consensus All-Pro selection, was a key player in the Cowboys winning Super Bowl XII, and a co-MVP of the game with Randy White.

Awards and Records[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • The Football Encyclopedia ISBN 0-312-11435-4
  • Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
  • Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes ISBN 0-446-51950-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Dorsett had all the right moves and a brilliant NFL career". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "1977 NFL Draft". Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  3. ^ DeLuca, Sam (1981). The Football Handbook. Jonathan David Publishers. p. 143. ISBN 0824602749. Defensive tackle Harvey Martin of the Cowboys had 23 sacks in 1977 -as many as the entire San Diego team had in 1976

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