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The 1998 Dallas Cowboys season would mark their 39th in the NFL and team owner Jerry Jones would hire former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Chan Gailey to be the fourth head coach of the Dallas Cowboys franchise.

1998 Dallas Cowboys season
Head Coach Chan Gailey
Home Field Texas Stadium
Record 10–6
Place 1st NFC East
Playoff Finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Cardinals) 20–7
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1997 1999

Regular season

Gailey would revitalize the Cowboys offense, particularly the running game, which had seen a recent decline despite the presence of running back Emmitt Smith. The trio of Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin helped the Cowboys be the first ever NFC East team to sweep their division en route to capturing the NFC East title, the team's sixth of the 90's. The Cowboys would later encounter the Arizona Cardinals for the third time that season in the NFC Wild Card Game, but would lose in a stunning upset in the first round at Texas Stadium. Ironically, Cornerback Deion Sanders would suffer an injury to his toe in a regular season victory over Arizona and made a surprise return against the same team in the playoff loss. It was an outstanding season for Sanders, who played so well on defense and special teams during a win over the New York Giants that a "primetime" award for him.

Troy Aikman was injured in a week two loss at Denver and missed the next 5 games. Jason Garrett started all games during Aikman's absence and went 3–2 as the starting quarterback.

Notable additions to the team that year include defensive end Greg Ellis and offensive tackle Flozell Adams.


Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 6, 1998 Arizona Cardinals W 38–10 FOX 4:15pm
2 September 13, 1998 at Denver Broncos L 42–23 FOX 4:15pm
3 September 21, 1998 at New York Giants W 31–7 ABC 9:00pm
4 September 27, 1998 Oakland Raiders L 13–12 CBS 4:15pm
5 October 4, 1998 at Washington Redskins W 31–10 FOX 1:00pm
6 October 11, 1998 Carolina Panthers W 27–20 FOX 1:00pm
7 October 18, 1998 at Chicago Bears L 13–12 FOX 4:15pm
8 Bye
9 November 2, 1998 at Philadelphia Eagles W 34–0 ABC 9:00pm
10 November 8, 1998 New York Giants W 16–6 FOX 1:00pm
11 November 15, 1998 at Arizona Cardinals W 35–28 FOX 4:15pm
12 November 22, 1998 Seattle Seahawks W 30–22 CBS 1:00pm
13 November 26, 1998 Minnesota Vikings L 46–36 FOX 4:00pm
14 December 6, 1998 at New Orleans Saints L 22–3 FOX 1:00pm
15 December 13, 1998 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20–17 FOX 4:15pm
16 December 20, 1998 Philadelphia Eagles W 13–9 FOX 4:15pm
17 December 27, 1998 Washington Redskins W 23–7 ESPN 8:15pm


NFC East
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
Dallas Cowboys 10 6 0 .625 381 275
Arizona Cardinals 9 7 0 .563 325 378
New York Giants 8 8 0 .500 287 309
Washington Redskins 6 10 0 .375 319 421
Philadelphia Eagles 3 13 0 .188 161 344


Dallas Cowboys 1998 roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
52 Active, 0 Inactive


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Indianapolis Cincinnati Kansas City Dallas Detroit Carolina
Miami Jacksonville Oakland NY Giants Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego Philadelphia Minnesota St. Louis
NY Jets Tennessee Seattle Washington Tampa Bay San Francisco
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