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2015 Dallas Cowboys season
Head Coach Jason Garrett
General Manager Jerry Jones
Home Field AT&T Stadium
Results
Record 4–12
Place 4th NFC East
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Dan Bailey PK,
Travis Frederick C,
Sean Lee OLB,
Zack Martin OG,
Tyron Smith OT
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The 2015 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 56th season in the National Football League, the seventh playing their home games at AT&T Stadium and the fifth full season under head coach Jason Garrett. The team finished the regular season at 4–12. It was the team's worst record since 1989, in Jerry Jones' first year as owner when they went 1–15. Their collapse from a 2-0 start was because of key injuries to their starters through the remaining 15 weeks and they were eliminated from playoff contention after losing to the Jets in Week 15.

2015 draft classEdit

2015 Dallas Cowboys Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 27 Byron Jones CB Connecticut
2 60 Randy Gregory DE Nebraska
3 91 Chaz Green OT Florida
4 127 Damien Wilson LB Minnesota
5 163 Ryan Russell DE Purdue
7 236 Mark Nzeocha LB Wyoming
7 243 Laurence Gibson OT Virginia Tech
7 246 Geoff Swaim TE Texas

Notes

OffseasonEdit

Staff transactionsEdit

  • Head coach Jason Garrett remains head coach signing a five-year $30 million contract
  • Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli resigned to a three-year contract

Players transactionsEdit

  • Resigned wide receiver Dez Bryant to a five-year $70 million contract
  • Resigned right tackle Doug Free to a three-year contract
  • RB Demarco Murray departed signing a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles

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Regular seasonEdit

Despite starting the season 2-0 and leading the NFC East, the Cowboys lost their next seven games and finished the season by going 2-12 in their final 14 games. They were eliminated from playoff contention following a loss to the NY Jets in week 15. Their collapse from a solid start was primarily due to injuries by starting quarterback Tony Romo and starting wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant broke a bone in his foot during the week 1 win against the Giants, and Romo suffered a broken clavicle in the week 2 triumph at Philadelphia. Brandon Weeden started the next 3 games in which the team lost, and then was benched in week 7 following the bye week in replacement for Matt Cassel who was acquired via trade from the Buffalo Bills following Romo's injury. The Cowboys, with Cassell at the helm, lost their next 4 games. Tony Romo, not fully recovered from his broken collarbone injury, started the next game against the Dolphins, which they won. However, in a week 12 loss against the undefeated Panthers, Romo suffered a second collarbone injury and was later ruled out for the season. Matt Cassel then started the next 3 games for the Cowboys with a week 13 win against the rival Redskins. However, after a poor performance against the New York Jets in week 15 in the 1st half, Cassel was benched in favor of backup Kellen Moore, and the team went on to lose the rest of the games of the season.

StaffEdit

2015 Dallas Cowboys staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

RostersEdit

Opening preseason rosterEdit

Dallas Cowboys 2015 opening preseason roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

89 Active, 8 Inactive

Week one rosterEdit

Dallas Cowboys 2015 week one roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

53 Active, 16 Inactive, 10 Practice Squad

Final rosterEdit

Dallas Cowboys 2015 final roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

53 Active, 10 Inactive, 10 Practice Squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 13 at San Diego Chargers L 7–17 0–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
2 August 23 at San Francisco 49ers L 6–23 0–2 Levi's Stadium Recap
3 August 29 Minnesota Vikings L 14–28 0–3 AT&T Stadium Recap
4 September 3 Houston Texans W 21–14 1–3 AT&T Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 13 New York Giants W 27–26 1–0 AT&T Stadium Recap
2 September 20 at Philadelphia Eagles W 20–10 2–0 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
3 September 27 Atlanta Falcons L 28–39 2–1 AT&T Stadium Recap
4 October 4 at New Orleans Saints L 20–26 (OT) 2–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
5 October 11 New England Patriots L 6–30 2–3 AT&T Stadium Recap
6 Bye
7 October 25 at New York Giants L 20–27 2–4 MetLife Stadium Recap
8 November 1 Seattle Seahawks L 12–13 2–5 AT&T Stadium Recap
9 November 8 Philadelphia Eagles L 27–33 (OT) 2–6 AT&T Stadium Recap
10 November 15 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 6–10 2–7 Raymond James Stadium Recap
11 November 22 at Miami Dolphins W 24–14 3–7 Sun Life Stadium Recap
12 November 26 Carolina Panthers L 14–33 3–8 AT&T Stadium Recap
13 December 7 at Washington Redskins W 19–16 4–8 FedExField Recap
14 December 13 at Green Bay Packers L 7–28 4–9 Lambeau Field Recap
15 December 19 New York Jets L 16–19 4–10 AT&T Stadium Recap
16 December 27 at Buffalo Bills L 6–16 4–11 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
17 January 3 Washington Redskins L 23–34 4–12 AT&T Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. New York GiantsEdit

Week One: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 3 10 3 10

26

Cowboys 3 3 7 14

27

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 21-yard field goal, 4:36. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 17 plays, 79 yards, 10:27.
  • NYG – Josh Brown 50-yard field goal, 2:03. Tied 3–3. Drive: 8 plays, 48 yards, 2:35.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 32-yard field goal, 5:35. Cowboys 6–3. Drive: 9 plays, 49 yards, 5:22.
  • NYG – Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 57-yard fumble return (Josh Brown kick), 1:12. Giants 10–6.
  • NYG – Josh Brown 40-yard field goal, 0:19. Giants 13–6. Drive: 6 plays, 14 yards, 0:32.

Third quarter

  • NYG – Josh Brown 30-yard field goal, 9:52. Giants 16–6. Drive: 12 plays, 68 yards, 5:12.
  • DAL – Gavin Escobar 2-yard pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), 4:08. Giants 16–13. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 5:47.

Fourth quarter

  • NYG – Rashad Jennings 1-yard run (Josh Brown kick), 8:09. Giants 23–13. Drive: 1 play, 1 yard, 0:08.
  • DAL – Jason Witten 1-yard pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), 5:11. Giants 23–20. Drive: 6 plays, 76 yards, 2:53.
  • NYG – Josh Brown 19-yard field goal, 1:37. Giants 26–20. Drive: 13 plays, 79 yards, 3:34.
  • DAL – Jason Witten 11-yard pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), 0:13. Cowboys 27–26. Drive: 6 plays, 72 yards, 1:27.

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The Cowboys opened the season at home against their rival, the New York Giants, led by the quarterback-receiver tandem of Eli Manning and young Odell Beckham Jr..

Tony Romo came back late in the fourth quarter and nailed the game-winning drive to Jason Witten to give Dallas a narrow 27-26 victory.

The victory, however, was bittersweet as Dez Bryant broke his foot in the second half. The injury required surgery and he was expected to miss 10–12 weeks. Cameras caught Bryant congratulating his teammates in the locker room after a close victory. Romo spoke on Bryant's injury: "You can't replace Dez Bryant." Three days later, the NFL came forward and apologized to the Giants for 2 blown calls. The first call led to a Cowboys touchdown due to a wrong pass interference call which set up the Cowboys on 1st and Goal on the 2 yard line, and the second was a blown defensive holding call which would have set up the Giants on first and goal with the Cowboys having no timeouts remaining and 1:36 left on the clock.[3]

Week 2: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week Two: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 3 7 7

20

Eagles 0 0 0 10

10

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 20-yard field goal, 1:42. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 12 plays, 79 yards, 6:04.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 28-yard field goal, 0:02. Cowboys 6–0. Drive: 15 plays, 79 yards, 5:24.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • PHI – Cody Parkey 46-yard field goal, 14:21. Cowboys 13–3. Drive: 8 plays, 52 yards, 2:16.
  • DAL – Terrance Williams 42-yard pass from Brandon Weeden (Dan Bailey kick), 4:20. Cowboys 20–3. Drive: 3 plays, 41 yards, 0:16.
  • PHI – Jordan Matthews 6-yard pass from Sam Bradford (Cody Parkey kick), 1:26. Cowboys 20–10. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 2:52.

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Shining atop the division, the Cowboys played their divisional rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles in what turned out to be a defensive juggernaut of a game. Neither team could really get anything going on offense; however, the Cowboys were able to pull away by dominating the time of possession. Already missing starting wide receiver Dez Bryant, the Cowboys experienced a devastating loss when Tony Romo was sacked by Jordan Hicks. The result of the hit was a fractured collarbone and an expected eight-week absence. The fractured collarbone is the same one Romo broke in 2010. Backup Brandon Weeden got his first taste of game time this season, completing all of his 7 passes for a total of 73 yards and one touchdown. Despite the injuries to the two key players, the Cowboys still managed to hold off the Eagles with a 20-10 victory, ultimately stunning Philadelphia's home crowd. Dallas's defense harassed Sam Bradford and ex-Cowboy DeMarco Murray all game, holding Murray to a measly 2 yards on 13 carries. Sean Lee, a defensive powerhouse, finished the game with 14 tackles and an interception for the Cowboys. For his performance, Lee was given the honor of being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Week 3: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Three: Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 10 8 14

39

Cowboys 14 14 0 0

28

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: September 27
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 90,345
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Joseph Randle 37-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 14:03. Cowboys 7–0. Drive: 2 plays, 80 yards, 1:08.
  • DAL – Joseph Randle 1-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 7:12. Cowboys 14–0. Drive: 8 plays, 77 yards, 4:37.
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 3-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 3:05. Cowboys 14–7. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 4:07.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Darren McFadden 2-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 7:31. Cowboys 21–7. Drive: 8 plays, 56 yards, 5:09.
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 2-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 2:23. Cowboys 21–14. Drive: 7 plays, 23 yards, 3:32.
  • DAL – Joseph Randle 1-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 0:46. Cowboys 28–14. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 1:38.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 32-yard field goal, 0:05. Cowboys 28–17. Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards, 0:40.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 7-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 11:30. Falcons 32–28. Drive: 11 plays, 89 yards, 6:44.
  • ATL – Julio Jones 2-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 3:09. Falcons 39–28. Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 6:14.

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Many questions surrounded the Dallas Cowboys as they entered Week 3, especially regarding how the team would respond to having neither Dez Bryant nor Tony Romo. Coach Jason Garrett's mantra of “next man up” played a big part in preparing for the game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Backup quarterback Brandon Weeden started for the first time since the previous season's game against the Arizona Cardinals, completing 22 of 26 passes for 232 yards and one interception with no touchdowns.

The Cowboys played very well in the first half, outscoring the Falcons 28-17; however, the Falcons made a few halftime adjustments that squashed any running game the Cowboys pursued afterwards. On the other hand, the Cowboys had no answer for Julio Jones, who caught for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns. Owner Jerry Jones said after the game that the Cowboys just looked tired in the second half. The Falcons eventually came back late in the second half and won the game 39-28.

Week 4: at New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Four: Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 7 3 7

20

Saints 7 0 6 7

26

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: October 4
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,009
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 30-yard field goal, 9:46. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 8 plays, 74 yards, 4:19.
  • NO – Josh Hill 3-yard pass from Drew Brees (Zach Hocker kick), 3:52. Saints 7–3. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:53.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Joseph Randle 1-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 13:37. Cowboys 10–7. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 5:13.

Third quarter

  • NO – Zach Hocker 51-yard field goal, 11:24. Tied 10–10. Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 1:23.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 38-yard field goal, 8:25. Cowboys 13–10. Drive: 8 plays, 60 yards, 2:59.
  • NO – Zach Hocker 29-yard field goal, 1:30. Tied 13–13. Drive: 13 plays, 69 yards, 6:54.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Khiry Robinson 1-yard run (Zach Hocker kick), 8:02. Saints 20–13. Drive: 11 plays, 67 yards, 4:45.
  • DAL – Terrance Williams 17-yard pass from Brandon Weeden (Dan Bailey kick), 1:56. Tied 20–20. Drive: 8 plays, 91 yards, 2:14.

Overtime

  • NO – C. J. Spiller 80-yard pass from Drew Brees, 14:57. Saints 26–20. Drive: 2 plays, 80 yards, 0:13.

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In another heartbreaking loss which ended a 9-0 winning streak of regular season away games, the injury bug struck the Cowboys again. Sean Lee exited the game early with a concussion, Lance Dunbar saw the last of his playing time this season with a torn ACL, and Brice Butler injured his hamstring. Despite all the injuries, the Cowboys were able to stay neck and neck with the New Orleans Saints.

Enduring a few lead changes throughout the first four quarters, the Cowboys were able to come back and tie it up 20-20 with a last minute touchdown from Brandon Weeden (16/26; 246 yards; 1 TD) to Terrance Williams. However, the Cowboys defense was not able to hold off the Saints during overtime. An 80-yard touchdown was scored within the first 13 seconds of overtime, which handed the Cowboys their second loss of the season.

Week 5: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Week Five: New England Patriots at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 3 10 7 10

30

Cowboys 3 0 3 0

6

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

First quarter

  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 49-yard field goal, 8:19. Patriots 3–0. Drive: 5 plays, 14 yards, 2:04.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 51-yard field goal, 1:46. tied 3–3. Drive: 10 plays, 47 yards, 6:33.

Second quarter

  • NE – Tom Brady 1-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 3:39. Patriots 10–3. Drive: 7 plays, 55 yards, 2:18.
  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 57-yard field goal, 0:03. Patriots 13–3. Drive: 4 plays, 16 yards, 0:50.

Third quarter

  • NE – Dion Lewis 10-yard pass from Tom Brady, (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 9:48. Patriots 20–3. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 5:12.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 23-yard field goal, 1:17. Patriots 20–6. Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 8:31.

Fourth quarter

  • NE – Julian Edelman 59-yard pass from Tom Brady, (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 12:58. Patriots 27–6. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 3:19.
  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 34-yard field goal, 4:41. Patriots 30–6. Drive: 5 plays, 37 yards, 1:39.

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After back-to-back losses, Dallas returned home to face the then-undefeated Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots.

Stout early defensive efforts kept the game close, including five sacks of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, but Dallas's offense could never produce steady results. Dallas QB Brandon Weeden (1 INT) and the offensive line were ineffectual, gaining only 264 yards total offense and making 18 1st downs. The offense could manage only two Dan Bailey field goals.

During the first quarter, the Cowboys held the Patriots to a field goal. However, the Patriots slowly but surely pulled away afterwards for the 30-6 victory, handing Dallas the loss and a 2-3 record entering the bye week - and handing Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett his first career three-game losing streak.

Week 7: at New York GiantsEdit

Week Seven: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 10 0 7

20

Giants 0 10 10 7

27

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: October 25
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EDT/3:25 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 71 °F (22 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 80,319
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 30-yard field goal, 5:29. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 11 plays, 68 yards, 5:17.

Second quarter

  • NYG – Orleans Darkwa 15-yard run (Josh Brown kick), 11:10. Giants 7–3. Drive: 7 plays, 79 yards, 3:05.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 48-yard field goal, 7:36. Giants 7–6. Drive: 6 plays, 30 yards, 3:33.
  • DAL – Darren McFadden 1-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 2:22. Cowboys 13–7. Drive: 6 plays, 72 yards, 3:19.
  • NYG – Josh Brown 47-yard field goal, 1:08. Cowboys 13–10. Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards, 1:13.

Third quarter

  • NYG – Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 58-yard interception return (Josh Brown kick), 11:34. Giants 17–13.
  • NYG – Josh Brown 34-yard field goal, 3:23. Giants 20–13. Drive: 8 plays, 83 yards, 4:25.

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Devin Street 25-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Dan Bailey kick), 7:25. Tied 20–20. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:58.
  • NYG – Dwayne Harris 100-yard kickoff return (Josh Brown kick), 7:14. Giants 27-20.

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Dallas took its perfect record in games against NFC East opponents to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants, and despite limiting a highly efficient Giants offense and Cassel making some clutch throws, The Giants dominance of the turnover margin and special teams spelled doom for the Cowboys as the Giants left with the 27-20 win.

Matt Cassel made his starting quarterback debut for Dallas passing for 227 yards and 1 touchdown, but his 3 interceptions - including one returned for a touchdown - led to ten Giants points. On the ground Dallas had consistent success all day with Darren McFadden substituting for mysteriously injured starter Joseph Randle and the offense accumulated 460 total yards vs. the Giants' 289.

Despite sloppy, penalty-ridden play helping enable three lead changes Dallas was able to tie the game at 20 when Cassel threw a beauty on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Devin Street who had an even better catch, tapping his feet inches from the end line. However, the Giants returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, immediately regaining the lead. Later, a quick "three and out" by the Giants' offense preceded a Giants punt which was fumbled by Cole Beasley and recovered by the Giants, who then ran out the clock on subsequent "kneel downs" to finish the game.

The loss hands Dallas a four-game losing skid heading back home to face the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks.

Week 8: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 7 0 3

13

Cowboys 3 3 3 3

12

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: November 1
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 91,486
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 26-yard field goal, 8:51. Seahawks 3–0. Drive: 12 plays, 72 yards, 6:13.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 33-yard field goal, 0:48. Tied 3–3. Drive: 15 plays, 65 yards, 8:04.

Second quarter

  • SEA – Luke Willson 22-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick), 5:33. Seahawks 10–3. Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards, 3:38.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 35-yard field goal, 1:38. Seahawks 10–6. Drive: 10 plays, 63 yards, 3:55.

Third quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 52-yard field goal, 8:56. Seahawks 10–9. Drive: 12 plays, 46 yards, 6:09.

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 27-yard field goal, 14:32. Cowboys 12-10. Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 0:48.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 24-yard field goal, 1:10. Seahawks 13–12. Drive: 17 plays, 79 yards, 5:35.

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This game involved a scary moment, after Seattle's Ricardo Lockette was hit by Dallas's Jeff Heath during a kick return. He lied on the ground, motionless, for about 7 minutes before he was taken off the field on a cart. X-rays later revealed that Lockette had a broken neck, which turned out to be a career-ending injury.

The Cowboys would only kick field goals in this game, as Dan Bailey was 4 for 4 on field goals. Dallas led 12-10 with under 2 minutes to go. However, the Seahawks would march down the field and take a 13-12 lead after Steven Hauschka drilled a 24-yard field goal of his own. Dallas tried to come back, but Seattle forced a turnover on downs to end the game.

With their 5th straight loss, the Cowboys fell to 2-5.

Week 9: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week Nine: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 7 7 13

33

Cowboys 7 0 7 13

27

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: November 8
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 91,827
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • PHI – Ryan Mathews 6-yard run (Caleb Sturgis kick), 8:38. Eagles 14–7. Drive: 7 plays, 95 yards, 2:39.
  • DAL – Cole Beasley 17-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Dan Bailey kick), 2:11. Tied 14–14. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 6:32.

Fourth quarter

  • PHI – Jordan Hicks 67-yard interception return (Caleb Sturgis kick), 12:59. Eagles 21–14.
  • DAL – Dez Bryant 18-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Dan Bailey kick), 11:04. Tied 21–21. Drive: 3 plays, 24 yards, 1:55.
  • PHI – Caleb Sturgis 31-yard field goal, 7:27. Eagles 24–21. Drive: 10 plays, 67 yards, 3:30.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 41-yard field goal, 2:58. Tied 24–24. Drive: 10 plays, 57 yards, 4:29.
  • PHI – Caleb Sturgis 53-yard field goal, 1:51. Eagles 27–24. Drive: 6 plays, 45 yards, 1:07.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 44-yard field goal, 0:07. Tied 27–27. Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards, 1:44.

Overtime

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The Cowboys would rally to tie the game after Dan Bailey converted a 44 yard field goal that caromed off the uprights with 2 seconds left. The Eagles would get the ball first, and would move down the field. During the drive, the Eagles faced a 4th and 1, and decided to go for it. Ryan Mathews would get the ball, but he would fumble on the play, and the Cowboys appeared to recover. However, the play was reviewed, and review showed that Mathews's knee was down prior to the ball coming out. The Eagles got another chance. On the next play, Sam Bradford found Jordan Matthews on a 41-yard touchdown reception to end the game.

With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 2-6.

Week 10: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Ten: Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 3 0 0

6

Buccaneers 0 3 0 7

10

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 42-yard field goal, 4:00. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 12 plays, 28 yards, 6:20.

Second quarter

  • TB – Connor Barth 52-yard field goal, 14:56. Tied 3–3. Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards, 4:04.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 53-yard field goal, 10:41. Cowboys 6–3. Drive: 7 plays, 34 yards, 4:17.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Jameis Winston 1-yard run (Connor Barth kick), 0:59. Buccaneers 10–6. Drive: 10 plays, 56 yards, 3:06.

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The Cowboys would manage only 2 field goals during this game, as they lost to Tampa Bay 10-6. Jameis Winston would run the ball in from a yard out to give the Buccaneers the lead for good with 54 seconds left. The Cowboys tried to rally, but quarterback Matt Cassel's deep pass into Buccaneers territory would end up getting intercepted, sealing the Cowboys' seventh straight defeat.

With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 2-7.

Week 11: at Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Eleven: Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 14 0 10

24

Dolphins 0 7 7 0

14

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: November 22
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 74 °F (23 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 65,115
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • MIA – Kenny Stills 29-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 5:26. Tied 14–14. Drive: 5 plays, 58 yards, 1:53.

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Dez Bryant 16-yard pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), 15:00. Cowboys 21–14. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 5:25.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 30-yard field goal, 9:23. Cowboys 24–14. Drive: 7 plays, 10 yards, 4:49.

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Dallas would finally break their 7 game losing streak with a 24-14 win over the Dolphins. Tony Romo returned to action after missing 7 weeks with a collarbone injury. He would have a fine return, as he would throw 2 touchdown passes along with 2 interceptions in the win. He would also throw for 227 yards during the game.

With the win, the Cowboys improved to 3-7.

Week 12: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

Thanksgiving Day game

Week Twelve: Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 10 13 7 3

33

Cowboys 3 0 3 8

14

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

First quarter

  • CAR – Kurt Coleman 36-yard interception return (Graham Gano kick), 14:15. Panthers 7–0.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 49-yard field goal, 8:14. Panthers 10–0. Drive: 9 plays, 47 yards, 4:18.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 21-yard field goal, 1:25. Panthers 10–3. Drive: 13 plays, 77 yards, 6:47.

Second quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 43-yard field goal, 3:32. Panthers 13–3. Drive: 10 plays, 48 yards, 5:48.
  • CAR – Luke Kuechly 32-yard interception return (Graham Gano kick), 2:47. Panthers 20–3.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 25-yard field goal, 0:03. Panthers 23–3. Drive: 9 plays, 22 yards, 2:23.

Third quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 48-yard field goal, 7:53. Panthers 23–6. Drive: 6 plays, 22 yards, 3:35.
  • CAR – Cam Newton 4-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 0:25. Panthers 30–6. Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 7:29.

Fourth quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 50-yard field goal, 10:27. Panthers 33–6. Drive: 6 plays, 26 yards, 3:50.
  • DAL – Cole Beasley 2-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Matt Cassel-Darren McFadden pass), 4:27. Panthers 33–14. Drive: 16 plays, 80 yards, 6:00.

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Tony Romo would play at quarterback for the second straight week. However, he would get injured again, as he would suffer a clavicle injury at the end of the 3rd quarter while being sacked by Thomas Davis. Romo would throw 3 interceptions and no touchdowns as the Cowboys were rattled at home to the undefeated Panthers, 33-14.

It was later revealed that Romo would miss the rest of the season with a broken clavicle. This would be Romo's last NFL game until Week 17 of the 2016 NFL Season, as he would lose his starting job to 2016 rookie Dak Prescott after a pre-season back injury that would sideline him for the first 10 weeks of the season.

With the crushing loss, the Cowboys fell to 3-8.

Week 13: at Washington RedskinsEdit

Week Thirteen: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 3 3 13

19

Redskins 0 3 3 10

16

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 38-yard field goal, 6:36. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 10 plays, 60 yards, 5:16.
  • WAS – Dustin Hopkins 45-yard field goal, 0:02. Tied 3–3. Drive: 14 plays, 58 yards, 6:31.

Third quarter

  • WAS – Dustin Hopkins 36-yard field goal, 10:37. Redskins 6–3. Drive: 6 plays, 23 yards, 3:07.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 34-yard field goal, 3:39. Tied 6–6. Drive: 11 plays, 64 yards, 6:59.

Fourth quarter

  • WAS – Dustin Hopkins 46-yard field goal, 14:19. Redskins 9–6. Drive: 8 plays, 50 yards, 4:19.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 20-yard field goal, 4:25. Tied 9–9. Drive: 6 plays, 65 yards, 3:04.
  • DAL – Darren McFadden 6-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 1:19. Cowboys 16–9. Drive: 2 plays, 15 yards, 0:12.
  • WAS – DeSean Jackson 28-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin Hopkins kick), 0:49. Tied 16–16. Drive: 4 plays, 43 yards, 0:30.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 54-yard field goal, 0:14. Cowboys 19–16. Drive: 5 plays, 20 yards, 0:35.

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  • DAL – Sean Lee – 6 tackles, 7 assists (1 sack)
  • WAS – Mason Foster – 4 tackles, 3 assists, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
The Cowboys would get an upset win over the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. The game was mostly contested with field goals, until the end of the 4th quarter. DeSean Jackson would fumble a punt return with 1:31 remaining on the clock, which was recovered by Dallas. The Cowboys would take the lead after Darren McFadden took it in from 6 yards out to give them a 16-9 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Washington got a good return from Rashad Ross that put the Redskins in Dallas territory. Washington would score soon afterwards, with DeSean Jackson catching a 28-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to tie the game at 16. However, the Cowboys would march down the field in response and Dan Bailey would end the game by kicking a 54 yard field goal with 9 seconds left.

With the win, the Cowboys improved to 4-8 and remained in the playoff hunt, aided by the fact that all four NFC East teams had losing records.

Week 14: at Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Fourteen: Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 0 7 0

7

Packers 0 14 0 14

28

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 13
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 78,369
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • GB – James Starks 30-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 4:50. Packers 21–7. Drive: 12 plays, 84 yards, 6:34.
  • GB – Eddie Lacy 1-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 2:50. Packers 28–7. Drive: 4 plays, 38 yards, 0:25.

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The Cowboys traveled to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers in a rematch of last season's Divisional Round, in which Green Bay narrowly won after Dez Bryant's controversial catch was overturned, allowing the Packers to advance to the NFC Championship game.

This time, with no Tony Romo leading the Cowboys, Green Bay won handily by 28-7, which dropped the Cowboys' record to 4-9.

Week 15: vs. New York JetsEdit

Week Fifteen: New York Jets at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 6 3 0 10

19

Cowboys 3 7 3 3

16

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: December 19
  • Game time: 7:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 90,345
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (NFLN): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 27-yard field goal, 10:50. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards, 4:11.
  • NYJ – Bilal Powell 12-yard run (kick failed), 0:35. Jets 6–3. Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 1:48.

Second quarter

  • NYJ – Randy Bullock 36-yard field goal, 7:06. Jets 9–3. Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 2:44.
  • DAL – Dez Bryant 10-yard pass from Kellen Moore (Dan Bailey kick), 1:25. Cowboys 10–9. Drive: 4 plays, 55 yards, 0:30.

Third quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 38-yard field goal, 3:49. Cowboys 13–9. Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, 0:42.

Fourth quarter

  • NYJ – Eric Decker 3-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Randy Bullock kick), 9:01. Jets 16–13. Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards, 5:07.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 50-yard field goal, 2:00. Tied 16–16. Drive: 11 plays, 51 yards, 7:03.
  • NYJ – Randy Bullock 40-yard field goal, 0:41. Jets 19–16. Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards, 1:19.

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The Cowboys came into this game needing a win to remain in the playoff hunt. However, they had to go through a hot Jets team for it. Towards the end of the game, Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would sneak the ball across for a first down deep in his own territory. However, the replay showed that the ball might have come out as he was sneaking over the line. The play was reviewed, but the call stood, and the Jets kept the ball. The Jets would eventually march down the field. Randy Bullock would give the Jets a 19-16 lead with 36 seconds left. The Cowboys would try to go down the field with Kellen Moore at the quarterback spot. However, one of his passes would be intercepted by Darrelle Revis, ending the game.

With the loss, Dallas fell to 4-10 and was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Week 16: at Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Sixteen: Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 3 0 0

6

Bills 6 0 3 7

16

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 46-yard field goal, 9:45. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 11 plays, 52 yards, 5:19.
  • BUF – Karlos Williams 1-yard run (kick failed), 0:51. Bills 6–3. Drive: 5 plays, 60 yards, 1:57.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 22-yard field goal, 5:29. Tied 6–6. Drive: 6 plays, 40 yards, 2:51.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 32-yard field goal, 6:21. Bills 9–6. Drive: 10 plays, 56 yards, 5:37.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Mike Gillislee 50-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 2:34. Bills 16–6. Drive: 9 plays, 92 yards, 4:28.

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The Cowboys managed only 2 field goals from Dan Bailey, as they lost 6-16 to Buffalo. Kellen Moore would start for the Cowboys again, as Matt Cassel was benched.

With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 4-11.

Week 17: vs. Washington RedskinsEdit

Week Seventeen: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 21 3 3 7

34

Cowboys 0 14 0 9

23

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

First quarter

  • WAS – Ryan Grant 5-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin Hopkins kick), 9:14. Redskins 7–0. Drive: 2 plays, 49 yards, 0:44.
  • WAS – Pierre Garcon 39-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin Hopkins kick), 4:28. Redskins 14–0. Drive: 3 plays, 43 yards, 1:32.
  • WAS – Jamison Crowder 3-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin Hopkins kick), 0:24. Redskins 21–0. Drive: 8 plays, 30 yards, 3:22.

Second quarter

  • WAS – Dustin Hopkins 27-yard field goal, 8:20. Redskins 24–0. Drive: 8 plays, 68 yards, 4:18.
  • DAL – Jason Witten 4-yard pass from Kellen Moore (Dan Bailey kick), 3:39. Redskins 24–7. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:41.
  • DAL – Cole Beasley 5-yard pass from Kellen Moore (Dan Bailey kick), 0:26. Redskins 24–14. Drive: 7 plays, 86 yards, 1:11.

Third quarter

  • WAS – Dustin Hopkins 33-yard field goal, 3:01. Redskins 27–14. Drive: 14 plays, 74 yards, 8:21.

Fourth quarter

  • WAS – Rashad Ross 71-yard pass from Colt McCoy (Dustin Hopkins kick), 15:00. Redskins 34–14. Drive: 3 plays, 72 yards, 1:32.
  • DAL – Alfred Morris tackled in the end zone by J. J. Wilcox and DeMarcus Lawrence for a safety, 12:27. Redskins 34–16.
  • DAL – Cole Beasley 7-yard pass from Kellen Moore (Dan Bailey kick), 4:22. Redskins 34–23. Drive: 12 plays, 89 yards, 3:32.

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The Cowboys would trail 0-24 by the second quarter, and despite an attempt to come back, they would go on to lose 23-34 to the NFC East Champions Redskins.

With the loss, the Cowboys ended their season with a frustrating record of 4-12. They also finished 1-7 at home, their worst home record since 1989.

StandingsEdit

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