Even in a Bleak Year, Cowboy Fans Have Something to Celebrate

Dallas is one of the most successful franchises in NFL history, having appeared in eight Super Bowls—more than any other team. The Cowboys won five of these games, a record unsurpassed until the Steelers won their 6th in 2009.

The Cowboys have won their divisional championship, the NFC East an impressive 21 times. With 32 years of playing in the divisional championship game out of the 50 in the team’s history, the Cowboys hold the all time record for appearances in the division championship games along with winning 21 out of the 32; based on the number of years the team has been around. It’s taken 40 more years of playing for 2 other teams to have those numbers.

Tom Landry, one of the most successful coaches in professional football history, led the club to two Super Bowl victories during the 1970s, with teams starring safety Mel Renfro and quarterback Roger Staubach. Under head coaches Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, the team won three Super Bowls during the 1990s, with lineups featuring quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith, and wide receiver Michael Irvin, known as the Triplets.

The Cowboys joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960. Although the team failed to win a single game in its first season, in 1965, under Landry, the Cowboys earned their first of nine consecutive trips to the playoffs.

Let’s take a look at the history of the Dallas Cowboys, and you’ll know why they are “America’s Team”:

1966 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1967 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1968 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1969 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1970 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1971 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1971 – The Cowboys compete in their first Super Bowl but fall to the Baltimore Colts after a field goal in the last minute of play.

1972 – The Cowboys cinch their first Super Bowl win after defeating the Miami Dolphins 24-3.

1973 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1976 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1976 – The Cowboys lose the Super Bowl to the Steelers.

1977 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1978 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1978 – The Cowboys win the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos.

1979 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1979 – In one of the most thrilling Super Bowls of all time, the Cowboys fall to the Steelers 35-31 after recovering from 35-17 in mere minutes.

1981 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1985 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1992 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1993 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1993 – After a massive team re-building process, the Cowboys defeat the Buffalo Bills 52-17 in the Super Bowl.

1994 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1994 – The Cowboys defeat the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl for the 2nd consecutive year.

1995 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1996 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1996 – The Cowboys defeat the Steelers 27-17 in the Super Bowl.

1998 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1998 – Cowboys Extend NFL-Record with 25th Playoff Appearance – The Cowboys extended their NFL Record for postseason appearances to 25 with a 20-7 loss to Arizona in a NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Texas Stadium on Jan. 2, 1999.

1999 – Team of the 90′s – The Cowboys close the century as the NFL’s most successful team in the decade of the 1990s. From 1990 to 1999, Dallas qualified for the playoffs eight times, won six division titles, made four trips to the conference championship game and won three Super Bowls.

2002 – On second-and-seven from the Dallas 30-yard line with 9:28 remaining in the fourth quarter against Seattle at Texas Stadium on Oct. 27, Emmitt Smith burst up the middle on an 11-yard run to become the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. With that carry, he moved past Walter Payton’s mark of 16,726 career rushing yards. Smith finished the day with 109 yards on 24 carries. By season’s end, he had extended the record to 17,162 career rushing yards.

2007 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

2009 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

Comments
  1. Thanks for this outstanding post and for reminding us of why we are so proud of the Dallas Cowboys. I don’t think there is another team in the NFL that can boast such an amazing period of dominance and excellence. Go Cowboys!

    Welcome to LSS Kim, and I hope this is just the first of many more insightful and thoughtful posts.

  2. Mary Lou Herrera

    Yes, I agree that is why I always say that the Dallas Cowboys are and always will be AMERICAS TEAM!!! GO COWBOYS!!!

  3. Michelle G

    Awesome article Kim! You rock gf!!!