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Dallas Cowboys playoff history

Breaking down the Dallas Cowboys' playoff picture and their path to the Super Bowl

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Overall playoff record

34-26

Home: 19-8

Away: 9-14

Wild Card Game: 6-5

Championship Game: 8-8

Divisional Game: 15-10

Super Bowl: 5-3


 

1966 Season (0-1)

Jan. 1, 1967: Championship Game

Green Bay, L 27-34, Cotton Bowl


 

1967 Season (1-1)

Dec. 24: Eastern Championship Game

Cleveland, W 52-14, Cotton Bowl

Dec. 31: Championship Game

Green Bay, L 17-21, Lambeau Field

Dallas Cowboys defensive end George Andrie scooped up Bart Starr’s fumble and followed teammate Jethro Pugh (75) into the end zone in the Ice Bowl, the Dec. 31, 1967, NFL championship in Green Bay, Wis. AP Photo/File

 

1968 Season (0-1)

Dec. 21: Eastern Championship Game

Cleveland, L 20-31, Cleveland Stadium


 

1969 Season (0-1)

Dec. 28: Eastern Championship Game

Cleveland, L 14-38, Cotton Bowl


 

1970 Season (2-1)

Dec. 26: NFC Divisional Playoff

Detroit, W 5-0, Cotton Bowl

Jan. 3, 1971: NFC Championship Game

San Francisco, W 17-10, Kezar Stadium

Jan. 17, 1971: Super Bowl V

Baltimore, L 13-16, Orange Bowl


 

 
1971 Season (3-0)

Dec. 25: NFC Divisional Playoff

Minnesota, W 20-12, Metropolitan Stadium

Jan. 2, 1972: NFC Championship Game

San Francisco, W 14-3, Texas Stadium

Jan. 16, 1972: Super Bowl VI

Miami, W 24-3, Tulane Stadium

Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, escaping the grasp of Miami Dolphins defender Jim Riley, was voted the MVP of Super Bowl VI after completing 12 of 19 passes for 119 yards and two TDs. AP Photo/File

 

1972 Season (1-1)

Dec. 23: NFC Divisional Playoff

San Francisco, W 30-28, Candlestick Park

Dec. 31: NFC Championship Game

Washington, L 3-26, RFK Stadium


 

1973 Season (1-1)

Dec. 23: NFC Divisional Playoff

Los Angeles, W 27-16, Texas Stadium

Dec. 30: NFC Championship Game

Minnesota, L 10-27, Texas Stadium


 

1975 Season (2-1)

Dec. 28: NFC Divisional Playoff

Minnesota, W 17-14, Metropolitan Stadium

Jan. 4, 1976: NFC Championship Game

Los Angeles, W 37-7, Memorial Coliseum

Jan. 18, 1976: Super Bowl X

Pittsburgh, L 17-21, Orange Bowl


 

1976 Season (0-1)

Dec. 19: NFC Divisional Playoff

Los Angeles, L 12-14, Texas Stadium


 

 
1977 Season (3-0)

Dec. 26: NFC Divisional Playoff

Chicago, W 37-7, Texas Stadium

Jan. 1, 1978: NFC Championship Game

Minnesota, W 23-6, Texas Stadium

Jan. 15, 1978: Super Bowl XII

Denver, W 27-10, Louisiana Superdome

Tom Landry was given a victory ride after the Cowboys defeated the Broncos 27-10 in Super Bowl XII in New Orleans.AP Photo/File

 

1978 Season (2-1)

Dec. 30: NFC Divisional Playoff

Atlanta, W 27-20, Texas Stadium

Jan. 7, 1979: NFC Championship Game

Los Angeles, W 28-0, Memorial Coliseum

Jan. 21, 1979: Super Bowl XIII

Pittsburgh, L 31-35, Orange Bowl


 

1979 Season (0-1)

Dec. 30: NFC Divisional Playoff

Los Angeles, L 19-21, Texas Stadium


 

1980 Season (2-1)

Dec. 28: NFC Wild Card Game

Los Angeles, W 34-13, Texas Stadium

Jan. 4, 1981: NFC Divisional Playoff

Atlanta, W 30-27, Fulton County Stad.

Jan. 11, 1981: NFC Championship Game

Philadelphia, L 7-20, Veterans Stadium


 

1981 Season (1-1)

Jan. 2, 1982: NFC Divisional Playoff

Tampa Bay, W 38-0, Texas Stadium

Jan. 10, 1982: NFC Championship Game

San Francisco, L 27-28, Candlestick Park

Immortalized as “The Catch,” San Francisco 49ers receiver Dwight Clark hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass with 51 seconds remaining in the 1982 NFC Championship game.Phil Huber/TNS

 

1982 Season (2-1)

Jan. 9, 1983: NFC Wild Card Game

Tampa Bay, W 30-17, Texas Stadium

Jan. 16, 1983: NFC Divisional Playoff

Green Bay, W 37-26, Texas Stadium

Jan. 22, 1983: NFC Championship Game

Washington, L 17-31, RFK Stadium


 

1983 Season (0-1)

Dec. 26: NFC Wild Card Game

Los Angeles, L 17-24, Texas Stadium


 

1985 Season (0-1)

Jan. 4, 1986: NFC Divisional Playoff

Los Angeles, L 0-20, Anaheim Stadium


 

1991 Season (1-1)

Dec. 29: NFC Wild Card Game

Chicago, W 17-13, Soldier Field

Jan. 5, 1992: NFC Divisional Playoff

Detroit, L 6-38, Pontiac Silverdome


 

 
1992 Season (3-0)

Jan. 10, 1993: NFC Divisional Playoff

Philadelphia, W 34-10, Texas Stadium

Jan. 17, 1993 NFC Championship Game

San Francisco, W 30-20, Candlestick Park

Jan. 31, 1993: Super Bowl XXVII

Buffalo, W 52-17, Rose Bowl


 

 
1993 Season (3-0)

Jan. 16, 1994: NFC Divisional Playoff

Green Bay, W 27-17, Texas Stadium

Jan. 23, 1994: NFC Championship Game

San Francisco, W 38-21, Texas Stadium

Jan. 30, 1994: Super Bowl XXVIII

Buffalo, W 30-13, Georgia Dome

Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVIII after rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills.Star-Telegram archives/Paul Moseley

 

1994 Season (1-1)

Jan. 8, 1995: NFC Divisional Playoff

Green Bay, W 35-9, Texas Stadium

Jan. 15, 1995 NFC Championship Game

San Francisco, L 28-38, Candlestick Park


 

 
1995 Season (3-0)

Jan. 7, 1996: NFC Divisional Playoff

Philadelphia, W 30-11, Texas Stadium

Jan. 14, 1996: NFC Championship Game

Green Bay, W 38-27, Texas Stadium

Jan. 28, 1996 Super Bowl XXX

Pittsburgh, W 27-17, Sun Devil Stadium

Running back Emmitt Smith scored twice in the Cowboys’ 21-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX.Star-Telegram archives/Ron T. Ennis

 

1996 Season (1-1)

Dec. 28: NFC Wild Card Game

Minnesota, W 40-15, Texas Stadium

Jan. 5, 1997: NFC Divisional Playoff

Carolina, L 17-26, Ericsson Stadium


 

1998 Season (0-1)

Jan. 2, 1999: NFC Wild Card Game

Arizona, L 7-20, Texas Stadium


 

1999 Season (0-1)

Jan. 9, 2000: NFC Wild Card Game

Minnesota, L 10-27, Metrodome


 

2003 Season (0-1)

Jan. 3, 2004: NFC Wild Card Game

Carolina, L 10-29, Ericsson Stadium


 

2006 Season (0-1)

Jan. 6, 2007: NFC Wild Card Game

Seattle, L 20-21, Qwest Field

Seattle players erupted in celebration when Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was stopped short of the goal line after he mishandled a snap on a field-goal attempt in the final seconds of a 2007 divisional game. Star-Telegram/Ron Jenkins

 

2007 Season (0-1)

Jan. 13, 2008: NFC Divisional Playoff

N.Y. Giants, L 17-21, Texas Stadium


 

2009 Season (1-1)

Jan. 9, 2010: NFC Wild Card Game

Philadelphia, W 34-14, AT&T Stadium

Jan. 17, 2010: NFC Divisional Playoff

Minnesota, L 3-34, Metrodome


 

2014 Season (1-1)

Jan. 4, 2015: NFC Wild Card Game

Detroit, W 24-20, AT&T Stadium

Jan. 11, 2015: NFC Divisional Playoff

Green Bay, L 21-26, Lambeau Field

Dez Bryant’s catch over Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields was overturned on a replay in the Cowboys’ 26-21 loss in 2015.Star-Telegram/Ron Jenkins

 

Dallas Cowboys playoff record vs.

Arizona: 0-1

Atlanta: 2-0

Baltimore: 0-1

Buffalo: 2-0

Carolina: 0-2

Chicago: 2-0

Cleveland: 1-2

Denver: 1-0

Detroit: 2-1

Green Bay: 4-3

Los Angeles Rams: 4-4

Miami: 1-0

Minnesota: 4-3

N.Y. Giants: 0-1

Philadelphia: 3-1

Pittsburgh: 1-2

San Francisco: 5-2

Seattle: 0-1

Tampa Bay: 2-0

Washington: 0-2

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