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1974 Dallas Cowboys season
Head Coach Tom Landry
Home Field Texas Stadium
Results
Record 8–6
Place 3rd NFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1974 Dallas Cowboys season was their 15th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 10–4, winning only eight games.[1] They failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons and this marked the only season from 1966 to 1983 (18 seasons) that the Cowboys did not qualify.

The Cowboys began with a 1–4 start and although they went 7–2 afterwards, it was not enough to overcome the slow start.

The season featured one of the most memorable Thanksgiving Day games in Cowboys history. Trailing 16–3 in the second half (and having already lost quarterback Roger Staubach to injury), little used backup Clint Longley threw two touchdown passes to lead the team to a 17–16 victory over the Redskins at Texas Stadium.

1974 was the final season of hall of fame defensive tackle Bob Lilly.


OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick # Player Position College
11Too Tall JonesDefensive EndTennessee State
353Danny WhiteQuarterbackArizona State
[2]

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 15, 1974 at Atlanta Falcons W 24–0
52,332
2 September 23, 1974 at Philadelphia Eagles L 13–10
64,089
3 September 29, 1974 New York Giants L 14–6
45,841
4 October 6, 1974 Minnesota Vikings L 23–21
57,847
5 October 13, 1974 at St. Louis Cardinals L 31–28
49,885
6 October 20, 1974 Philadelphia Eagles W 31–24
43,586
7 October 27, 1974 at New York Giants W 21–7
57,381
8 November 3, 1974 St. Louis Cardinals W 17–14
64,146
9 November 10, 1974 San Francisco 49ers W 20–14
50,018
10 November 17, 1974 at Washington Redskins L 28–21
54,395
11 November 24, 1974 at Houston Oilers W 10–0
49,775
12 November 28, 1974 Washington Redskins W 24–23
63,243
13 December 7, 1974 Cleveland Browns W 41–17
48,754
14 December 14, 1974 at Oakland Raiders L 27–23
45,840
[3]

StandingsEdit

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
St. Louis Cardinals 10 4 0 .714 285 218 W-1
Washington Redskins 10 4 0 .714 320 196 W-2
Dallas Cowboys 8 6 0 .571 297 235 L-1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 7 0 .500 242 217 W-3
New York Giants 2 12 0 .143 195 299 L-6

RosterEdit

Dallas Cowboys 1974 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
46 Active, 0 Inactive

ReferencesEdit

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Washington
1974 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl IX

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