The 1999 Dallas Cowboys season would mark their 40th in the NFL.

1999 Dallas Cowboys season
Head Coach Chan Gailey
Home Field Texas Stadium
Record 8–8
Place 2nd NFC East
Playoff Finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings) 27–10
Previous Season Next Season
1998 2000

Hall of Fame GameEdit

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

Regular seasonEdit

The season would begin at Washington with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over the hated division rival Washington Redskins. After trailing by three touchdowns in the second half, free agent acquisition Rocket Ismail would pay immediate dividends for the team by hauling in the winning touchdown catch in overtime while Troy Aikman would throw for a franchise record five touchdowns in a single game (since matched by Tony Romo).

The team would start out strong with a 3–0 record, but a week 4 injury to wide receiver Michael Irvin against the Philadelphia Eagles eventually forced him into retirement. Afterwards, Dallas would struggle down the stretch as age and injury would begin to take its toll. The team would again make the playoffs despite an 8–8 season, but would lose 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 would fire head coach Chan Gailey after the season.

Notable additions 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.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1999 at Washington Redskins W 41–35
2 September 20, 1999 Atlanta Falcons W 24–7
3 Bye week
4 October 3, 1999 Arizona Cardinals W 35–7
5 October 10, 1999 at Philadelphia Eagles L 13–10
6 October 18, 1999 at New York Giants L 13–10
7 October 24, 1999 Washington Redskins W 38–20
8 October 31, 1999 at Indianapolis Colts L 34–24
9 November 8, 1999 at Minnesota Vikings L 27–17
10 November 14, 1999 Green Bay Packers W 27–13
11 November 21, 1999 at Arizona Cardinals L 13–9
12 November 25, 1999 Miami Dolphins W 20–0
13 December 5, 1999 at New England Patriots L 13–6
14 December 12, 1999 Philadelphia Eagles W 20–10
15 December 19, 1999 New York Jets L 22–21
16 December 24, 1999 at New Orleans Saints L 31–24
17 January 2, 2000 New York Giants W 26–18


Template:1999 NFC East standings


Dallas Cowboys 1999 roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
51 Active, 0 Inactive

Awards and recordsEdit


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

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