1999 Dallas Cowboys Season
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1999 Dallas Cowboys Season
1999 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachChan Gailey
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Results
Record8-8
Division place2nd NFC East
Playoff finishLost NFC Wild Card Playoff (at Vikings) 10-27

The 1999 Dallas Cowboys season was their 40th in the National Football League. Their season ended with a loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the Wildcard round. It was the final season that the Cowboys appeared in the playoffs during the 1990s, and they would not return to the playoffs until 2003.

Offseason

NFL Draft

1999 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 20 Ebenezer Ekuban  Defensive end North Carolina
2 55 Solomon Page  Tackle West Virginia
3 85 Dat Nguyen  Linebacker Texas A&M
4 118 Wane McGarity  Wide Receiver Texas
4 132 Peppi Zellner  Defensive end Fort Valley State
6 193 MarTay Jenkins  Wide Receiver Nebraska-Omaha
7 229 Mike Lucky  Tight end Arizona
7 243 Kelvin Garmon  Guard Baylor
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Hall of Fame Game

  • Cleveland Browns 20, Dallas Cowboys 17 (Overtime) [1]

Regular season

The season began at Washington with a come-from-behind victory over the division-rival Washington Redskins. After trailing by three touchdowns in the second half, free agent acquisition Rocket Ismail hauled in the winning touchdown catch in overtime while Troy Aikman threw for a franchise record five touchdowns in a single game (since matched by Tony Romo).

The team started with a 3-0 record, but a week-5 injury to wide receiver Michael Irvin against the Philadelphia Eagles eventually forced him into retirement. Afterwards, Dallas struggled down the stretch as age and injury began to take their toll. The team again made the playoffs despite an 8-8 season, but lost once more in the first round to the Minnesota Vikings. Despite leading the team to consecutive playoff berths and seemingly re-igniting the Dallas offense,[] owner Jerry Jones fired head coach Chan Gailey after the season.

A notable addition to the team was fan favorite linebacker Dat Nguyen, the only (to date) Vietnamese-American to play in the NFL.

This marked the final season for future hall-of-famer Michael Irvin and longtime Cowboys fullback Daryl "Moose" Johnston. Irvin and Johnston both suffered season-ending (and as it turned out career-ending) injuries early in the season. Irvin was the last Cowboys player to have played for Tom Landry.

The annual Thanksgiving Day game featured the return of former head coach Jimmy Johnson to Texas Stadium as Dolphins head coach. It was the only game Johnson ever coached in Texas Stadium as a visiting coach. The Cowboys won, 20-0.

The Cowboys lost 4 games in which their defense only yielded 13 points in each contest.[]

Schedule

Week Date TV time Opponent Result Attendance Record
1 September 12, 1999 FOX 1:00 et at Washington Redskins W 41-35 (OT)
79,237
1-0
2 September 20, 1999 ABC 9:00 ET Atlanta Falcons W 24-7
63,663
2-0
3 Bye
4 October 3, 1999 FOX 1:00 et Arizona Cardinals W 35-7
64,169
3-0
5 October 10, 1999 FOX 1:00 et at Philadelphia Eagles L 13-10
66,669
3-1
6 October 18, 1999 ABC 9:00 et at New York Giants L 13-10
78,204
3-2
7 October 24, 1999 FOX 1:00 et Washington Redskins W 38-20
64,377
4-2
8 October 31, 1999 FOX 4:00 et at Indianapolis Colts L 34-24
56,860
4-3
9 November 8, 1999 ABC 9:00 et at Minnesota Vikings L 27-17
64,111
4-4
10 November 14, 1999 FOX 4:00 et Green Bay Packers W 27-13
64,634
5-4
11 November 21, 1999 FOX 4:00 et at Arizona Cardinals L 13-9
72,015
5-5
12 November 25, 1999 CBS 4:00 et Miami Dolphins W 20-0
64,328
6-5
13 December 5, 1999 ESPN 8:30 et at New England Patriots L 13-6
58,444
6-6
14 December 12, 1999 FOX 1:00 et Philadelphia Eagles W 20-10
64,086
7-6
15 December 19, 1999 CBS 4:00 et New York Jets L 22-21
64,271
7-7
16 December 24, 1999 FOX 4:00 et at New Orleans Saints L 31-24
47,835
7-8
17 January 2, 2000 FOX 4:00 et New York Giants W 26-18
63,767
8-8

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3)Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 443 377 W2
(5)Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 .500 352 276 W1
New York Giants 7 9 0 .438 299 358 L3
Arizona Cardinals 6 10 0 .375 245 382 L4
Philadelphia Eagles 5 11 0 .313 272 357 W2

Roster

Awards and records

Publications

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

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369

External links


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