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1977 Dallas Cowboys season
Head Coach Tom Landry
Home Field Texas Stadium
Results
Record 12–2
Place 1st in NFC East
Playoff Finish Won Super Bowl XII (Broncos)
Timeline
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1976 1978

The 1977 Dallas Cowboys season was their 18th in the NFL. The club appeared twice on Monday Night Football. Tony Dorsett rushed for 1,007 yards and became the second member of the Cowboys (first since 1973) to have a 1,000 yard rushing season. During the season, the club scored 345 points, which ranked first in the NFC, while the defense only gave up 212 points. The Cowboys made it to their fourth Super Bowl and beat the Denver Broncos to capture their second Super Bowl Championship. They were the first team from the NFC East Division to win two Super Bowls.

NFL Draft

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
2 Dallas Cowboys (from Seattle) Tony Dorsett Running Back Pittsburgh
54 Dallas Cowboys Glenn Carano Quarterback UNLV
62 Dallas Cowboys Tony Hill Wide Receiver Stanford
108 Dallas Cowboys Guy Brown Linebacker Houston

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Regular season

  • December 4, 1977 – Tony Dorsett becomes the first player in franchise history to rush for at least 200 yards in a game. Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Dorsett had 23 rushes for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Schedule

Week Date Result Record Opponent Points For Points Against First Downs Attendance
1 September 18 Win 1–0 at Minnesota Vikings 16 10 16
47,678
2 September 25 Win 2–0 New York Giants 41 21 25
64,215
3 October 2 Win 3–0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 7 23
55,316
4 October 9 Win 4–0 at St. Louis Cardinals 30 24 22
50,129
5 October 16 Win 5–0 Washington Redskins 34 16 23
62,115
6 October 23 Win 6–0 at Philadelphia Eagles 16 10 17
65,507
7 October 30 Win 7–0 Detroit Lions 37 0 20
63,160
8 November 6 Win 8–0 at New York Giants 24 10 13
74,532
9 November 14 Loss 8–1 St. Louis Cardinals 17 24 16
64,038
10 November 20 Loss 8–2 at Pittsburgh Steelers 13 28 20
49,761
11 November 27 Win 9–2 at Washington Redskins 14 7 19
55,031
12 December 4 Win 10–2 Philadelphia Eagles 24 14 19
60,289
13 December 12 Win 11–2 at San Francisco 49ers 42 35 24
55,851
14 December 18 Win 12–2 Denver Broncos 14 6 15
63,752

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 12 2 0 .857 345 212 W-4
Washington Redskins 9 5 0 .643 196 189 W-3
St. Louis Cardinals 7 7 0 .500 272 287 L-4
Philadelphia Eagles 5 9 0 .357 220 207 W-2
New York Giants 5 9 0 .357 181 265 L-2

Roster

Dallas Cowboys 1977 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  • 36 Larry Brinson
  • 21 Doug Dennison
  • 33 Tony Dorsett
  • 35 Scott Laidlaw FB
  • 44 Robert Newhouse FB
  • 26 Preston Pearson

Wide Receivers

  • 80 Tony Hill
  • 86 Butch Johnson RS
  • 88 Drew Pearson
  • 83 Golden Richards

Tight Ends

  • 89 Billy Joe DuPree
  • 87 Jay Saldi
Offensive Linemen
  • 61 Jim Cooper C/T
  • 67 Pat Donovan T
  • 62 John Fitzgerald C
  • 71 Andy Frederick T
  • 66 Burton Lawless G
  • 73 Ralph Neely T
  • 64 Tom Rafferty G/C
  • 68 Herbert Scott G
  • 70 Rayfield Wright T

Defensive Linemen

  • 63 Larry Cole DE
  • 77 Bill Gregory DT
  • 72 Ed Jones DE
  • 79 Harvey Martin DE
  • 75 Jethro Pugh DT
  • 65 Dave Stalls DE
  • 54 Randy White DT
Linebackers
  • 53 Bob Breunig MLB
  • 59 Guy Brown OLB
  • 58 Mike Hegman OLB
  • 56 Thomas Henderson OLB
  • 57 Bruce Huther MLB
  • 50 D. D. Lewis OLB

Defensive Backs

  • 31 Benny Barnes CB
  • 43 Cliff Harris FS
  • 42 Randy Hughes SS
  • 25 Aaron Kyle CB
  • 20 Mel Renfro CB/S
  • 46 Mark Washington CB
  • 41 Charlie Waters SS

Special Teams

  •  1 Efren Herrera
Reserve Lists

vacant

Rookies in italics
45 Active, 0 Inactive

Postseason

NFC Divisional Playoff

Dallas Cowboys 37, Chicago Bears 14
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 0 7 7
Cowboys 7 10 17 3 37

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

  • Date: December 26, 1977
  • Game time: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Template:Convert/°F, mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 63,260
  • Referee: Gordon McCarter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier

NFC Championship Game

Dallas Cowboys 23, Minnesota Vikings 6
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 6 0 0 6
Cowboys 6 10 0 7 23

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

  • Date: January 1, 1978
  • Game time: 5:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Template:Convert/°F, cloudy
  • Game attendance: 64,293
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (CBS): Vin Scully and Alex Hawkins

Super Bowl XII

Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys (NFC) 10 3 7 7 27
Broncos (AFC) 0 0 10 0 10

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: January 15, 1978
  • Game attendance: 76,400
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers (CBS): Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier

Awards and Records

  • Tony Dorsett, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award
  • Tony Dorsett, All-Pro Selection
  • Efren Herrera, Five Field Goals Attempted in one Super Bowl game, Super Bowl record
  • Harvey Martin, Super Bowl Most Valuable Player
  • Harvey Martin, NFL Defensive Player of the Year
  • Harvey Martin, Led NFL, Sacks (23)
  • Pearson, Led NFL Receiving Yards (870)
  • Pearson, All-Pro Selection
  • Pearson, Pro Bowl Selection
  • Roger Staubach, All-Pro Selection
  • Roger Staubach, Pro Bowl Selection
  • Roger Staubach, Led NFC, Touchdown Passes (18)
  • Roger Staubach, NFC Passing Leader
  • Randy White, Super Bowl Most Valuable Player
  • Led NFC, Points Scored (345)
  • Led NFC, Fewest Rushing Yards Allowed (1,651)
  • Led NFL, Fewest Total Yards Allowed (3,213)
  • Led NFL, Total Yards, (4,812)

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