1970 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1970 Dallas Cowboys season was the team's 11th in the National Football League.

The Cowboys scored 299 points and allowed 221 points. For the fifth consecutive season, the Cowboys finished first in their division. In 1970, the club made its debut on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 38–0. The Cowboys made it to their first Super Bowl and lost to the Baltimore Colts.

1970 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachTom Landry
OwnerClint Murchison, Jr.
Home fieldCotton Bowl
Results
Record10–4
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishLost Super Bowl V (Baltimore)
1986 Jeno's Pizza - 32 - Earl Morrall
The Cowboys playing against the Colts in Super Bowl V

NFL Draft

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
23 Dallas Cowboys Duane Thomas Running Back West Texas State

Regular season

The Cowboys had to overcome many obstacles during the regular season. Fullback Calvin Hill, the team's second leading rusher with 577 yards and 4 touchdowns, was lost for the year after suffering a leg injury late in the regular season. And wide receiver Bob Hayes was benched by head coach Tom Landry for poor performances on several occasions.

Most significantly, the Cowboys had a quarterback controversy between Craig Morton and Roger Staubach. Morton and Staubach alternated as the starting quarterback during the regular season, but Landry eventually chose Morton to start Super Bowl V because he felt less confident that Staubach would follow his game plan (Landry called all of Morton's plays in Super Bowl V).[1] Also, Morton had done extremely well in the regular season, throwing for 1,819 yards and 15 touchdowns, with only 7 interceptions, earning him a passer rating of 89.8. In contrast, Staubach, although a noted scrambler and able to salvage broken plays effectively, threw for 542 yards, and only 2 touchdowns compared to 8 interceptions, giving him a 42.9 rating.

Hayes was the main deep threat on the team, catching 34 passes for 889 yards (a 26.1 yards per catch average) and 10 touchdowns, while also rushing 4 times for 34 yards and another touchdown, and adding another 116 yards returning punts. On the other side of the field, wide receiver Lance Rentzel recorded 28 receptions for 556 yards and 5 touchdowns.

However, the main strength on the Cowboys offense was their running game. Rookie running back Duane Thomas rushed 151 times for 803 yards (a 5.1 yards per carry average) and 5 touchdowns, while adding another 416 yards returning kickoffs. Fullback Walt Garrison, who replaced the injured Hill, provided Thomas with excellent blocking and rushed for 507 yards and 3 touchdowns himself. Garrison was also a good receiver out of the backfield, catching 21 passes for 205 yards and 2 touchdowns. Up front, Pro Bowl guard John Niland and future Hall of Famer tackle Rayfield Wright anchored the offensive line.

The Cowboys had their lowest regular season (6–2 vs. Cleveland Browns) and playoff (5–0 vs. Detroit Lions) scoring games in franchise history. The playoff victory over Detroit remains the lowest scoring postseason game in NFL history. Through week one of the 2018 season, they are the only games to finish with those scores.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 1970-09-20 at Philadelphia Eagles W 17–7 Franklin Field
59,728
2 1970-09-27 New York Giants W 28–10 Cotton Bowl
57,236
3 1970-10-04 at St. Louis Cardinals L 7-20 Busch Memorial Stadium
50,780
4 1970-10-11 Atlanta Falcons W 13–0 Cotton Bowl
53,611
5 1970-10-18 at Minnesota Vikings L 13-54 Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
6 1970-10-25 at Kansas City Chiefs W 27–16 Municipal Stadium
51,158
7 1970-11-01 Philadelphia Eagles W 21–17 Cotton Bowl
55,736
8 1970-11-08 at New York Giants L 20-23 Yankee Stadium
62,938
9 1970-11-16 St. Louis Cardinals L 0-38 Cotton Bowl
69,323
10 1970-11-22 at Washington Redskins W 45–21 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
50,415
11 1970-11-26 Green Bay Packers W 16–3 Cotton Bowl
67,182
12 1970-12-06 Washington Redskins W 34–0 Cotton Bowl
57,936
13 1970-12-12 at Cleveland Browns W 6–2 Cleveland Stadium
75,458
14 1970-12-20 Houston Oilers W 52–10 Cotton Bowl
50,504

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
• Cowboys 0 773 17
Eagles 7 000 7
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Franklin Field
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 67°F • Wind 7
  • Referee: John McDonough

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Week 2

1 234Total
Giants 3 700 10
• Cowboys 0 01414 28
  • Date: September 27
  • Location: Cotton Bowl
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game attendance: 57,236
  • Game weather: 61°F; wind 11

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Week 3

1 234Total
Cowboys 0 007 7
• Cardinals 3 377 20

Week 4

1 234Total
Falcons 0 000 0
• Cowboys 0 337 13
  • Date: October 11
  • Location: Cotton Bowl

Week 5

1 234Total
Cowboys 3 307 13
• Vikings 14 20173 54

Week 6

1 234Total
• Cowboys 3 10140 27
Chiefs 7 306 16

Week 7

1 234Total
Eagles 0 0107 17
• Cowboys 0 1470 21
  • Date: November 1
  • Location: Cotton Bowl

Week 8

1 234Total
Cowboys 10 730 20
• Giants 3 677 23

Week 9

1 234Total
• Cardinals 7 10021 38
Cowboys 0 000 0
  • Date: November 16
  • Location: Cotton Bowl

Week 10

1 234Total
• Cowboys 3 21147 45
Redskins 7 0140 21

Week 11

1 234Total
Packers 3 000 3
• Cowboys 0 3013 16
  • Date: November 26
  • Location: Cotton Bowl

Week 12

1 234Total
Redskins 0 000 0
• Cowboys 0 71413 34
  • Date: December 6
  • Location: Cotton Bowl

Week 13

1 234Total
• Cowboys 0 033 6
Browns 2 000 2

Week 14

1 234Total
Oilers 3 007 10
• Cowboys 17 71414 52
  • Date: December 20
  • Location: Cotton Bowl

Playoffs

Round Date Opponent Result
Divisional Dec. 26, 1970 Detroit Lions W 5–0
Conference Jan. 3, 1971 at San Francisco 49ers W 17–10
Super Bowl V Jan. 17, 1971 Baltimore Colts L 13-16

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 5–3 7–4 299 221 W5
New York Giants 9 5 0 .643 6–2 6–5 301 270 L1
St. Louis Cardinals 8 5 1 .615 5–3 6–5 325 228 L3
Washington Redskins 6 8 0 .429 3–5 4–7 297 314 W2
Philadelphia Eagles 3 10 1 .231 1–7 1–9–1 241 332 W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Postseason

Super Bowl V

Chuck Howley became the first defensive player, and only member of a losing team to be the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player.

Roster

Dallas Cowboys 1970 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
43 Active, 2 Inactive

Awards and records

  • Chuck Howley, Most Valuable Player, Super Bowl V
  • Mel Renfro, Pro Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player

Publications

The Football Encyclopedia ISBN 0-312-11435-4
Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes ISBN 0-446-51950-2

References

  1. ^ Bill McGrane, "A Mad, Mad, Mad Super Bowl," The Super Bowl: Celebrating a Quarter-Century of America's Greatest Game. Simon and Schuster, 1990 ISBN 0-671-72798-2
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-Sep-01.

External links

List of NFC champions

The National Football Conference (NFC) is one of two conferences within the National Football League (NFL), the American Football Conference (AFC) being the other. Prior to 1970, there were two separate professional football leagues, the National Football League and the American Football League (AFL). In 1970, the AFL merged with the NFL. As part of the merger, the former AFL teams, plus three former NFL teams (the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers), were placed into the AFC. The remaining former NFL teams were placed in the NFC. As of the 2018 season only the Detroit Lions have not won an NFC championship.

Scoring summary
1PHIBen Hawkins 10 yard pass from Norm Snead (Mark Moseley kick)Eagles 7–0
2DALWalt Garrison 1 yard run (Mike Clark kick)Tie 7–7
3DALLance Rentzel 31 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)Cowboys 14–7
4DALMike Clark 13 yard field goalCowboys 17–7
Scoring summary
Q1NYGGogolak 20 yard field goalNYG 3–0
Q2NYGJohnson 1 yard run (Gogolak kick)NYG 10–0
Q3DALHill 3 yard run (Clark kick)NYG 10–7
Q3DALGarrison 18 yard run (Clark kick)DAL 14–10
Q4DALHayes 58 yard pass from Rentzel (Clark kick)DAL 21–10
Q4DALHayes 24 yard pass from Staubach (Clark kick)DAL 28–10
Game information
  • Scoring
    • DAL – field goal Clark 26 DAL 3–0
    • DAL – Safety, Andrie tackled Landry in end zone DAL 5–0
Game information
  • Scoring
    • SF – field goal Gossett 16 SF 3–0
    • DAL – field goal Clark 21 3–3
    • DAL – Thomas 13 run (Clark kick) DAL 10–3
    • DAL – Garrison 15 pass from Morton (Clark kick) DAL 17–3
    • SF – Witcher 26 pass from Brodie (Gossett kick)DAL 17–10
Game information
  • Scoring
    • DAL – field goal Clark 14 DAL 3–0
    • DAL – field goal Clark 30 DAL 6–0
    • BAL – Mackey 75 pass from Unitas (kick blocked) 6–6
    • DAL – Thomas 7 pass from Morton (Clark kick) DAL 13–6
    • BAL – Nowatzke 2 run (O'Brien kick) 13–13
  • BAL – field goal O'Brien 32 BAL 16–13
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