The 2014 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 55th season in the National Football League, the sixth playing their home games at AT&T Stadium and the fourth full season under head coach Jason Garrett.
|2014 Dallas Cowboys season|
|Head coach||Jason Garrett|
|General manager||Jerry Jones|
|Home field||AT&T Stadium|
|Division place||1st NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Lions) 24–20|
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 21–26
|Pro Bowlers||Dez Bryant WR,|
Travis Frederick C,
L. P. Ladouceur LS,
Zack Martin G,
DeMarco Murray RB,
Tony Romo QB,
Tyron Smith LT,
Jason Witten TE
|AP All-Pros||Dez Bryant (1st team),|
Zack Martin (1st team),
DeMarco Murray (1st team),
Tyron Smith (1st team),
Travis Frederick (2nd team),
Tony Romo (2nd team)
|2014 Dallas Cowboys Draft|
|1||16||Zack Martin||OT||Notre Dame|
|2||34||DeMarcus Lawrence||DE||Boise State|
|7||238||Will Smith||LB||Texas Tech|
|7||251||Ken Bishop||DT||Northern Illinois|
After the departure of long time Cowboy favorites DE/LB DeMarcus Ware and DT Jason Hatcher to free agency, coupled with a season ending knee injury to MLB Sean Lee during Organized Team Activity in late May, the Dallas Cowboys, were one of the most heavily admonished, and second guessed NFL franchises through the entire preseason, and half-way into the 2014 regular season. Much of the criticism was in response to the Cowboys selecting Notre Dame offensive guard Zack Martin over the perceived Cowboys savior (Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel) in the first round of the NFL draft. Even Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was uncharacteristically down playing expectations for the upcoming season during spring training, emphasizing to the media and fans, that it might take a little more time for the Cowboys young players to mature into a NFL championship caliber team.
Adding injury to the many insults hurled at Jerry Jones, Tony Romo and the Cowboys organization in general, Tony Romo did not play well during two preseason starts after receiving only a small percentage of snaps throughout training camp, due to continuing recovery from off-season surgery to repair a herniated intervertebral disc in his lower back. For these reasons, Romo and the Cowboys passing offense struggled mightily for the first two games of the regular season, causing many fans and media to declare the Dallas Cowboys as the absolute worst team in the league after their week 1 loss to the 49ers at AT&T Stadium. A humiliating turnover led to defeat for Dallas, which appeared to prove all the Cowboy critics right, that Jerry Jones should have selected QB Johnny "Football" Manziel in the first round of the NFL 2014 draft to eventually replace. By season's end, not only would Tony Romo have the highest quarterback rating (113.2) in the NFL for the 2014 regular season but, first round pick (OG Zack Martin) would have a well deserved All-Pro season while establishing himself as a critical piece in the development of what many now consider to be, the best offensive line in the entire NFL.
Following a win against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16 (and after the Philadelphia Eagles loss to the Washington Redskins), the Cowboys won the NFC East. This also guaranteed making the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Cowboys improved on their 8–8 record from 2013 after finishing 12–4. For the season, the team was 8–0 on the road. Plenty of milestones were established by the 2014 Cowboys team, topped by DeMarco Murray's record-setting rushing season. The Cowboys defeated the Detroit Lions at home 24-20 in the Wild Card round and advanced to the Divisional Playoffs. However, the Green Bay Packers defeated them 26-21, handing the Cowboys their first road loss and ending their season.
|2014 Dallas Cowboys staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|2014 Dallas Cowboys opening preseason roster|
90 Active, 5 Inactive
|2014 Dallas Cowboys week one roster|
53 Active, 12 Inactive, 10 Practice Squad
|2014 Dallas Cowboys final roster|
53 Active, 10 Inactive, 11 Practice Squad
|1||August 7||at San Diego Chargers||L 7–27||0–1||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|2||August 16||Baltimore Ravens||L 30–37||0–2||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|3||August 23||at Miami Dolphins||L 20–25||0–3||Sun Life Stadium||Recap|
|4||August 28||Denver Broncos||L 3–27||0–4||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|1||September 7||San Francisco 49ers||L 17–28||0–1||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|2||September 14||at Tennessee Titans||W 26–10||1–1||LP Field||Recap|
|3||September 21||at St. Louis Rams||W 34–31||2–1||Edward Jones Dome||Recap|
|4||September 28||New Orleans Saints||W 38–17||3–1||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|5||October 5||Houston Texans||W 20–17 (OT)||4–1||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|6||October 12||at Seattle Seahawks||W 30–23||5–1||CenturyLink Field||Recap|
|7||October 19||New York Giants||W 31–21||6–1||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|8||October 27||Washington Redskins||L 17–20 (OT)||6–2||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|9||November 2||Arizona Cardinals||L 17–28||6–3||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|10||November 9||at Jacksonville Jaguars||W 31–17||7–3||Wembley Stadium (London, England)||Recap|
|12||November 23||at New York Giants||W 31–28||8–3||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|13||November 27||Philadelphia Eagles||L 10–33||8–4||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 4||at Chicago Bears||W 41–28||9–4||Soldier Field||Recap|
|15||December 14||at Philadelphia Eagles||W 38–27||10–4||Lincoln Financial Field||Recap|
|16||December 21||Indianapolis Colts||W 42–7||11–4||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|17||December 28||at Washington Redskins||W 44–17||12–4||FedExField||Recap|
|Playoff round||Date||Opponent||Result||Record||Game site||NFL.com|
|Wild Card||January 4, 2015||Detroit Lions (6)||W 24–20||1–0||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|Divisional||January 11, 2015||at Green Bay Packers (2)||L 21–26||1–1||Lambeau Field||Recap|
The Cowboys haven't started 0-2 since 2010 when Wade Phillips was fired midway through the season and Jason Garrett was promoted to head coach.
The Cowboys 21 point comeback win against the Rams was a new Cowboys record for the largest point deficit that a Cowboys team has ever come back from and won - in a game that didn't go into overtime. It also became the third 21-point comeback victory in Cowboys history. The other two coming in overtime in 1984 against New Orleans and 1999 against Washington.
The Rams 2nd quarter 21 point lead is the second-largest lead blown by the Rams. The biggest deficit overcome by a Rams opponent is 23 points by the Packers in 1982, and Denver had a 21-point rally in 1982.
After 4 weeks of regular season play, DeMarco Murray found himself in elite company with his 149-yard 2 touchdown performance against the Saints, joining Jim Brown, O. J. Simpson and former Cowboy Emmitt Smith as the only players to rush for 100 or more yards, while scoring a touchdown, in the first four games of a season.
The Cowboys three-game winning streak was their first since the 2012 season.
After hauling in a 34-yard completion from Tony Romo mid-way though the third quarter, Cowboys TE Jason Witten surpassed 10,000 receiving yards for his career, making him only the 3rd tight end in NFL history to do so. Witten's 59-yard day against the Texans left him just 46 yards shy of the No. 2 position currently held by Shannon Sharpe with 10,060 career receiving yards. Tony Gonzalez leads all tight ends in career receiving yards at 15,127, respectively.
The Cowboys four-game winning streak was their first since 2011, and their best start since 2008.
DeMarco Murray's 115 yard rushing day against the Seahawks, made him only the second running back in NFL history - next to Jim Brown - to rush for 100 yards in the first 6 games of the season. Jim Brown did it for the first six games of the 1958 season.
With the victory, the Cowboys improved to 5-1 on the season, their best record since the 2007 campaign.
Dallas became the first team outside the NFC West to win in Seattle since 2011.
Five days after Seattle's loss at home to the Cowboys, the Seahawks traded WR Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for an undisclosed draft selection. It was reported that the surprisingly sudden move by Seattle was due in large part to Harvin refusing to return to the game in the fourth quarter. While Percy Harvin had a 46-yard kickoff return, Harvin's total yardage for rushing and receiving was -1 yard against the Cowboys.
Dan Bailey's 3rd quarter 42-yard field goal made him 100-for-110 on field goals for his career, making him the most accurate kicker in NFL history with a FG percentage of 90.826% from 2011-2014. Mike Vanderjagt is second in all-time NFL accuracy with a FG percentage of 86.466% from 1998-2006. Stephen Gostkowski is a close third in NFL accuracy with a FG percentage of 86.328% from 2006-2014.
With the win over the Giants, the Cowboys improved to a league best 6-1 on the season, moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC East due to the Eagles having a bye week. This is the Cowboys best start to a season since 2007 when the Cowboys also went 6-1 after the first 7 games.
Colt McCoy completed 83.3 percent of his passes, (25-30 for 299 yds) the most in Redskins history by a quarterback with at least 30 attempts.
Murray extended his 100-yard game rushing streak to eight games with 19 carries for 141 yards vs Washington.
The game was the 107th meeting in 54 years between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins. After the loss to Washington, the Cowboys now have a total of 64 wins to 41 losses and 2 ties in 54 years.
Including the loss to the Redskins on Monday Night, the Cowboys have played in a total of 75 Monday Night games and have an overall record of 43-32.
Brandon Weeden started in place of Tony Romo, who had injured himself the week prior. Weeden had a rough time of it against the stingy Cardinals defense, throwing two interceptions and only managed to compile 183 yards through the air.
It was the Cowboys' third home loss of the season, and the same score as the season opener against the 49ers. The Cardinals also managed to hold DeMarco Murray under the 100-yard mark, the first team to do so in 2014.
Tony Romo's return was a successful one, as the Cowboys went across the pond and posted a comfortable win over one of the worst teams in the league.
Dez Bryant had a monster day receiving, catching six passes for 158 yards and two scores all in the first half. DeMarco Murray got back in the 100-yard category after losing his streak in the loss to the Cardinals the week before.
The Cowboys swept their season series against the Giants for the second year in a row. The Cowboys have beaten the Giants 5 out of the last 6 meetings from 2012 to 2014.
With the win, Dallas improved to 8-3 on the season, setting up a showdown with the 8-3 Eagles for first place in the NFC East on Thanksgiving Day.
DeMarco Murray went over 100 yards yet again, rushing for 121 yards but failed to get in the end zone.
Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. would finish his historic night with 10 catches for 146 yards and two scores.
Rapper and New York City native Jay Z attended the game and was seen having a brief conversation with Jerry Jones on the field prior to kickoff. This was some what of an event due to Jay Z's agency, Roc Nation, signing on as Dez Bryant’s representation earlier in the month. The pair spoke briefly before the game, which led to questions about whether they were discussing Bryant's contract negotiations. Jones later claimed that the brief conversation had nothing to do with contract negotiations.
With the 33-10 victory against Dallas, the Eagles are now 2-0 against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day and 6-0 overall for Thanksgiving games.
Tony Romo's 38 game streak with at least one touchdown pass came to an end against Philadelphia. Romo's 38 game touchdown streak is the longest in franchise history and fifth longest in NFL history and the second-longest among active streaks, behind Peyton Manning's 50. Romo was 18 of 29 for 199 yards and 0 TD's in the loss.
It was the fourth loss of the season for Dallas at home, and DeMarco Murray failed to break 100 yards for only the second time this season.
With the win, the Cowboys avoided going 8-8 for the first time since 2010, and clinched a winning season, the first since the 2009 team won the NFC East and won a playoff game.
After defeating the Bears in Chicago, the Cowboys are 6-0 on the road after 13 games into their 2014 season. Oddly enough, the last time Dallas lost on the road was in Chicago 45-28 nearly a year ago on December 9, 2013. A devastating loss to the Bears that began the (7-5) Cowboys late season slide, losing 3 out of their 4 final games, ending the year with a 3rd straight 8-8 season and no playoff appearance for the 4th year in a row.
For the second consecutive year, Dallas and Philadelphia would split the season series with the road team winning all four games. Dallas has now won 5 out of their last 6 meetings in Philadelphia.
With the win, the Cowboys took a one-game lead in the NFC East with two games to go.
The victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia improved the Cowboys road record to 7-0 for the season.
Including the 2014 season, the Cowboys have won the NFC East 22 times in their 54-year history.
After quarterback Tony Romo completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to TE Jason Witten late in the third quarter, Romo eclipsed Troy Aikman as the all-time leader in passing yards in franchise history. The throw put Romo at 32,961 passing yards in his career, passing Aikman's career total of 32,942. Romo finished the game with 218 yards, putting him at 32,971 for his career.
At the start of the game, Murray had a total of 1,686 yards on the season and needed only 87 yards to pass Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith's team record for the most rushing yards in a single season with 1,773 yards set in 1995. However, with Murray still nursing the injury, coupled with an early Cowboys rout, Murray ended up with only 22 carries for 59 yards on the day, leaving him with a total of 1,745 yards for the year, just 28 yards short of Smith's single season record with one more game left to be played.
With the victory, the Cowboys finished 12-4 on the season, their best record since the team's 13-3 campaign of 2007.
DeMarco Murray made Cowboys history by finishing the season with 1,845 yards on 393 carries, surpassing Emmitt Smith's record of 1,773 in 1995; the 32-yard carry was Murray's longest since a 40-yard carry on December 4 against the Chicago Bears.
Dez Bryant also made Cowboys history by catching 2 touchdown passes, giving him a total of 16 touchdown receptions on the year, breaking Terrell Owens previous single season touchdown reception record of 15 in 2007 (the second touchdown was originally called incomplete by the refs, but was overturned after review).
The game was the 108th meeting in 54 years between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins. After this game, the Cowboys all-time record versus the Redskins is 65-41-2 in 54 years.
The Dallas Cowboys now lead the all time Head-to-Head match-up against the Detroit Lions (14-12). The Cowboys also lead the all time playoff match-up against the Lions (2-1).
This is the first time in franchise history that the Cowboys have won a post-season game when trailing by 10 points or more at half time.
At the time, with this win over the Lions, the Cowboys became the team with the most NFL playoff wins with 34, one more than the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Packers defeated the Cowboys 26-21, effectively ending their season. The Packers handed the Cowboys their first road loss of the season, snapping a 9-game road winning streak that began in Week 16 of the 2013 season against the Washington Redskins.
|(3) Dallas Cowboys||12||4||0||.750||4–2||8–4||467||352||W4|
|New York Giants||6||10||0||.375||2–4||4–8||380||400||L1|
|2[a]||Green Bay Packers||North||12||4||0||.750||5–1||9–3||486||348||138||W2|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|8||San Francisco 49ers||West||8||8||0||.500||2–4||7–5||306||340||–34||W1|
|9[c]||New Orleans Saints||South||7||9||0||.438||3–3||6–6||401||424||–23||W1|
|11[d]||New York Giants||East||6||10||0||.375||2–4||4–8||380||400||–20||L1|
|13[d]||St. Louis Rams||West||6||10||0||.375||2–4||4–8||324||354||–30||L3|
|16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||2||14||0||.125||0–6||1–11||277||410||–133||L6|
|Division championships (23)|
|Conference championships (10)|
|League Championships (5)|
|Current league affiliations|
Championship seasons in bold