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Minnesota Vikings 15 at Dallas Cowboys 40

Saturday, December 28, 1996
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Minnesota Vikings (9-7-0)007815
Dallas Cowboys (10-6-0)7237340

Game Info
Stadium Texas Stadium
Start Time (ET) 4:00pm
Roof outdoors
Surface astroturf
Weather 54 degrees relative humidity 86%, wind 13 mph
Vegas Line Dallas Cowboys -10.0
Over/Under 40.0 (over)

Expected Points Summary

Expected points are an estimate of points per play based on down, distance, and yard line. Points given for offense and defense are offensive/defensive plays + penalties on which there was no play (eg, a false start). Special teams are all kicking + punting plays. Points are zeroed out at the end of halves.

Scoring

Team Stats

Passing, Rushing, & Receiving

Defense & Returns

Kicking & Punting

Starting Lineups

Full Play-By-Play

Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail MIN DAL EPB EPA Win%
1st Quarter
1 15:00 DAL 30 Chris Boniol kicks off 60 yards, returned by Amp Lee for 11 yards 0 0 0 0 77.1
1 1 10 MIN 21 Scottie Graham left for 1 yard (tackle by Chad Hennings and George Teague) 0 0 0 0 77.1
1 2 9 MIN 22 Amp Lee left for 2 yards (tackle by Chad Hennings) 0 0 0 0 77.1
1 3 7 MIN 24 0 0 0 0 77.1
1 1 10 DAL 42 Brad Johnson pass complete left to Scottie Graham for -1 yards (tackle by George Teague) 0 0 0 0 77.1
1 2 11 DAL 43 Amp Lee middle for no gain (tackle by Tony Tolbert) 0 0 0 0 77.1
1 3 11 DAL 43 Brad Johnson pass incomplete middle intended for Qadry Ismail 0 0 0 0 77.1
1 4 11 DAL 43 Mitch Berger punts 31 yards 0 0 0 0 77.1
1 12:00 1 10 DAL 12 Troy Aikman pass incomplete right intended for Michael Irvin 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 2 10 DAL 12 Troy Aikman pass incomplete left intended for Michael Irvin (defended by Dewayne Washington) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 3 10 DAL 12 Penalty on Deion Sanders: Face Mask, 5 yards (no play) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 3 15 DAL 7 Troy Aikman pass complete middle to Michael Irvin for 18 yards (tackle by Dewayne Washington) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 1 10 DAL 25 Emmitt Smith middle for 7 yards (tackle by Robert Griffith and Dixon Edwards) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 2 3 DAL 32 Emmitt Smith left for 3 yards (tackle by Darryl Talley) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 1 10 DAL 35 Troy Aikman pass complete middle to Emmitt Smith for 8 yards (tackle by Dixon Edwards) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 2 2 DAL 43 Emmitt Smith right for 11 yards (tackle by Orlando Thomas) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 1 10 MIN 46 Troy Aikman pass complete right to Michael Irvin for 21 yards (tackle by Jeff Brady) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 1 10 MIN 25 Kevin Williams right for 1 yard (tackle by Jason Fisk) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 2 9 MIN 24 Penalty on Kevin Williams: Face Mask, 5 yards (no play) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 2 14 MIN 29 Troy Aikman pass incomplete right intended for Eric Bjornson (defended by Dixon Edwards) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 3 14 MIN 29 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Michael Irvin for 14 yards (tackle by Dewayne Washington) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 1 10 MIN 15 Timeout #1 by Dallas Cowboys 0 0 0 0
1 1 10 MIN 15 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Michael Irvin for 12 yards (tackle by Jeff Brady) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 1 3 MIN 3 Emmitt Smith left for 1 yard (tackle by Chris Johnson) 0 0 0 0 76.6
1 2 2 MIN 2 Troy Aikman right for 2 yards, touchdown 0 6 0 0 88.1
1 Chris Boniol kicks extra point good 0 7 0 0 89.6
1 5:03 DAL 30 Chris Boniol kicks off 65 yards, returned by David Palmer for 15 yards 0 7 0 0 89.4
1 1 10 MIN 20 Leroy Hoard middle for 2 yards (tackle by Fred Strickland and Chad Hennings) 0 7 0 0 89.4
1 2 8 MIN 22 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Andrew Jordan for 10 yards (tackle by Darrin Smith) 0 7 0 0 89.4
1 1 10 MIN 32 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Leroy Hoard for 7 yards (tackle by George Teague) 0 7 0 0 89.4
1 2 3 MIN 39 Brad Johnson pass complete left to Jake Reed for 10 yards 0 7 0 0 89.4
1 1 10 MIN 49 Brad Johnson pass complete left for -1 yards (tackle by Darren Woodson) 0 7 0 0 89.4
1 2 11 MIN 48 Amp Lee right for 6 yards (tackle by Roger Harper) 0 7 0 0 89.4
1 3 5 DAL 46 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Amp Lee for 43 yards. Amp Lee fumbles 0 7 0 0 89.4
1 1:21 1 10 DAL 20 Emmitt Smith left for 7 yards (tackle by Jeff Brady) 0 7 0 0 89.3
1 2 3 DAL 27 Emmitt Smith left for 5 yards (tackle by Derrick Alexander) 0 7 0 0 89.3
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail MIN DAL EPB EPA Win%
2nd Quarter
2 1:21 1 10 DAL 32 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Michael Irvin for 6 yards (tackle by Robert Griffith) 0 7 0 0 89.5
2 2 4 DAL 38 Emmitt Smith left for 6 yards (tackle by Darryl Talley and Fernando Smith) 0 7 0 0 89.5
2 1 10 DAL 44 Troy Aikman pass complete middle to Emmitt Smith for 7 yards (tackle by Jeff Brady) 0 7 0 0 89.5
2 2 3 MIN 49 Emmitt Smith middle for 9 yards (tackle by Orlando Thomas) 0 7 0 0 89.5
2 1 10 MIN 40 Troy Aikman pass incomplete left intended for Michael Irvin 0 7 0 0 89.5
2 2 10 MIN 40 Herschel Walker left for 22 yards (tackle by Robert Griffith) 0 7 0 0 89.5
2 1 10 MIN 18 Troy Aikman pass complete right to Daryl Johnston for 2 yards (tackle by Robert Griffith) 0 7 0 0 89.5
2 2 8 MIN 16 Troy Aikman pass incomplete middle intended for Eric Bjornson 0 7 0 0 89.5
2 3 8 MIN 16 Penalty on John Randle: Short Free Kick, 5 yards (no play) 0 7 0 0 89.5
2 3 3 MIN 11 Emmitt Smith right for 1 yard (tackle by John Randle) 0 7 0 0 89.5
2 4 2 MIN 10 Chris Boniol 28 yard field goal good 0 10 0 0 94.1
2 10:04 DAL 30 Chris Boniol kicks off 67 yards, returned by David Palmer for 25 yards 0 10 0 0 93.5
2 1 10 MIN 28 Leroy Hoard middle for 12 yards (tackle by George Teague). Leroy Hoard fumbles, recovered by Deion Sanders, lateral to Shante Carver for no gain (tackle by Randall McDaniel) 0 10 0 0 93.5
2 9:43 1 10 MIN 37 Emmitt Smith middle for 37 yards, touchdown 0 16 0 0 98.1
2 Chris Boniol kicks extra point good 0 17 0 0 98.4
2 9:36 DAL 30 Chris Boniol kicks off 70 yards, touchback 0 17 0 0 98.5
2 1 10 MIN 20 Brad Johnson pass complete left for 7 yards (tackle by Randall Godfrey) 0 17 0 0 98.5
2 2 3 MIN 27 Brad Johnson pass incomplete middle intended for Amp Lee 0 17 0 0 98.5
2 3 3 MIN 27 Brad Johnson pass incomplete intended for Cris Carter is intercepted by George Teague and returned for 29 yards, touchdown 0 23 0 0 99.7
2 Chris Boniol kicks extra point good 0 24 0 0 99.7
2 8:36 DAL 30 Chris Boniol kicks off 60 yards, returned by David Palmer for 13 yards 0 24 0 0 99.8
2 1 10 MIN 23 Leroy Hoard left for 7 yards (tackle by Shante Carver) 0 24 0 0 99.8
2 2 3 MIN 30 Penalty on Tony Casillas: Taunting, 5 yards (no play) 0 24 0 0 99.8
2 1 10 MIN 35 Brad Johnson pass incomplete intended for Qadry Ismail is intercepted by Deion Sanders and returned for 22 yards 0 24 0 0 99.8
2 8:36 1 10 MIN 22 Sherman Williams left for 4 yards (tackle by Martin Harrison) 0 24 0 0 99.8
2 2 6 MIN 18 Herschel Walker right for 4 yards (tackle by Darryl Talley) 0 24 0 0 99.8
2 3 2 MIN 14 Herschel Walker left for 1 yard (tackle by Jason Fisk) 0 24 0 0 99.8
2 4 1 MIN 13 Chris Boniol 31 yard field goal good 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 8:36 DAL 30 Chris Boniol kicks off 65 yards, returned by David Palmer for 38 yards 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 1 10 MIN 43 Amp Lee middle for 3 yards (tackle by Chad Hennings and Jim Schwantz) 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 2 7 MIN 46 Brad Johnson pass incomplete right 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 3 7 MIN 46 Penalty on Todd Steussie: Face Mask, 5 yards (no play) 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 3 12 MIN 41 Brad Johnson pass incomplete middle intended for Amp Lee 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 4 12 MIN 41 Mitch Berger punts 48 yards, returned by Kelvin Martin for 6 yards (tackle by Chris Johnson) 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 7:26 1 10 DAL 17 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Michael Irvin for 11 yards (tackle by Dewayne Washington) 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 1 10 DAL 28 Troy Aikman pass incomplete intended for Michael Irvin is intercepted by Orlando Thomas and returned for 7 yards. Orlando Thomas fumbles, recovered by Eric Bjornson 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 5:19 1 10 DAL 43 Sherman Williams right for no gain (tackle by Jeff Brady and Darryl Talley) 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 2 10 DAL 43 Penalty on Darryl Talley: Illegal Substitution, 5 yards (no play) 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 1 10 DAL 48 Troy Aikman pass complete right to Herschel Walker for 8 yards (tackle by Harlon Barnett) 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 2 2 MIN 44 Troy Aikman pass complete right to Michael Irvin for 14 yards (tackle by Corey Fuller) 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 1 10 MIN 30 Troy Aikman pass incomplete left intended for Michael Irvin 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 2 10 MIN 30 Troy Aikman pass incomplete right intended for Kevin Williams 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 3 10 MIN 30 Troy Aikman pass complete middle to Kelvin Martin for 18 yards (tackle by Harlon Barnett) 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 1 10 MIN 12 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Eric Bjornson for 6 yards (tackle by Dewayne Washington) 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 2 4 MIN 6 Sherman Williams middle for 2 yards (tackle by Jeff Brady) 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 3 2 MIN 4 Timeout #2 by Dallas Cowboys 0 27 0 0
2 3 2 MIN 4 Troy Aikman pass incomplete middle intended for Michael Irvin 0 27 0 0 99.9
2 4 2 MIN 4 Chris Boniol 22 yard field goal good 0 30 0 0 100.0
2 3:23 DAL 30 Chris Boniol kicks off 41 yards, returned by John Gerak for 12 yards 0 30 0 0 100.0
2 1 10 MIN 41 Amp Lee left for 5 yards (tackle by Charlie Williams) 0 30 0 0 100.0
End of Half03000
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail MIN DAL EPB EPA Win%
3rd Quarter
3 0:23 MIN 30 Mitch Berger kicks off 70 yards, returned by Herschel Walker for 21 yards 0 30 0 0 100.0
3 1 10 DAL 21 Emmitt Smith right for 4 yards (tackle by Martin Harrison) 0 30 0 0 100.0
3 2 6 DAL 25 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Emmitt Smith for -4 yards (tackle by Darryl Talley) 0 30 0 0 100.0
3 3 10 DAL 21 Troy Aikman sacked by Derrick Alexander for -9 yards 0 30 0 0 100.0
3 4 19 DAL 12 John Jett punts 43 yards, returned by David Palmer for 8 yards (tackle by Bill Bates) 0 30 0 0 100.0
3 15:00 1 10 DAL 47 Scottie Graham right for 1 yard (tackle by Darren Woodson) 0 30 0 0 100.0
3 2 9 DAL 46 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Amp Lee for 16 yards (tackle by Darrin Smith) 0 30 0 0 100.0
3 1 10 DAL 30 Brad Johnson sacked by Shante Carver for 0 yards 0 30 0 0 100.0
3 2 10 DAL 30 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Cris Carter for 30 yards, touchdown 6 30 0 0 99.9
3 Scott Sisson kicks extra point good 7 30 0 0 99.8
3 12:51 MIN 30 Mitch Berger kicks off 70 yards, touchback 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 1 10 DAL 20 Emmitt Smith left for 5 yards (tackle by Darryl Talley) 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 2 5 DAL 25 Emmitt Smith middle for 4 yards (tackle by Fernando Smith and Harlon Barnett) 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 3 1 DAL 29 Troy Aikman pass complete right to Michael Irvin for 7 yards (tackle by Corey Fuller) 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 1 10 DAL 36 Troy Aikman pass incomplete left intended for Michael Irvin 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 2 10 DAL 36 Emmitt Smith right for 3 yards (tackle by Dixon Edwards) 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 3 7 DAL 39 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Emmitt Smith for 15 yards (tackle by Harlon Barnett) 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 1 10 MIN 46 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Daryl Johnston for 5 yards. Daryl Johnston fumbles 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 2 5 MIN 41 Daryl Johnston right for 5 yards (tackle by Harlon Barnett) 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 1 10 MIN 36 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Eric Bjornson for 3 yards (tackle by Harlon Barnett) 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 2 7 MIN 33 Sherman Williams middle for 9 yards (tackle by Chris Johnson) 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 1 10 MIN 24 Sherman Williams right for 2 yards (tackle by Jason Fisk) 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 2 8 MIN 22 Troy Aikman pass complete right to Eric Bjornson for 7 yards (tackle by Robert Griffith) 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 3 1 MIN 15 Troy Aikman middle for 2 yards (tackle by Dixon Edwards) 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 1 10 MIN 13 Emmitt Smith middle for 12 yards (tackle by Harlon Barnett) 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 1 1 MIN 1 Timeout #1 by Minnesota Vikings 7 30 0 0
3 1 1 MIN 1 Emmitt Smith right for no gain (tackle by Jason Fisk) 7 30 0 0 99.9
3 2 1 MIN 1 Emmitt Smith middle for 1 yard, touchdown 7 36 0 0 100.0
3 Chris Boniol kicks extra point good 7 37 0 0 100.0
3 10:48 DAL 30 Chris Boniol kicks off 67 yards, returned by David Palmer for 20 yards 7 37 0 0 100.0
3 1 10 MIN 23 Brad Johnson pass incomplete middle intended for Amp Lee 7 37 0 0 100.0
3 2 10 MIN 23 Amp Lee right for 8 yards (tackle by Roger Harper) 7 37 0 0 100.0
3 3 2 MIN 31 Brad Johnson pass complete right for 3 yards (tackle by Darrin Smith) 7 37 0 0 100.0
3 1 10 MIN 34 Brad Johnson right for 8 yards (tackle by Tony Tolbert) 7 37 0 0 100.0
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail MIN DAL EPB EPA Win%
4th Quarter
4 1:41 2 2 MIN 42 Brad Johnson pass incomplete middle intended for Cris Carter 7 37 0 0 100.0
4 3 2 MIN 42 Brad Johnson pass incomplete right intended for Cris Carter 7 37 0 0 100.0
4 4 2 MIN 42 Timeout #1 by Dallas Cowboys 7 37 0 0
4 4 2 MIN 42 Brad Johnson sacked by Broderick Thomas for -3 yards 7 37 0 0 100.0
4 1:41 1 10 MIN 39 Sherman Williams left for 2 yards (tackle by Jason Fisk) 7 37 0 0 100.0
4 2 8 MIN 37 Sherman Williams right for 9 yards (tackle by Corey Fuller) 7 37 0 0 100.0
4 1 10 MIN 28 Sherman Williams middle for 1 yard (tackle by Chris Johnson) 7 37 0 0 100.0
4 2 9 MIN 27 Sherman Williams left for 4 yards (tackle by John Randle) 7 37 0 0 100.0
4 3 5 MIN 23 Jason Garrett pass complete right to Kelvin Martin for 12 yards (tackle by Chris Johnson) 7 37 0 0 100.0
4 1 10 MIN 11 Sherman Williams right for no gain (tackle by Jason Fisk) 7 37 0 0 100.0
4 2 10 MIN 11 Jason Garrett pass complete left to Sherman Williams for 2 yards (tackle by Dewayne Washington) 7 37 0 0 100.0
4 3 8 MIN 9 Sherman Williams middle for 1 yard (tackle by Fernando Smith) 7 37 0 0 100.0
4 4 7 MIN 8 Chris Boniol 25 yard field goal good 7 40 0 0 100.0
4 DAL 30 Penalty on Herschel Walker: Short Free Kick, 5 yards (no play) 7 40 0 0 100.0
4 14:48 DAL 25 Chris Boniol kicks off 60 yards, returned by David Palmer for 19 yards 7 40 0 0 100.0
4 1 10 MIN 34 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Cris Carter for 9 yards 7 40 0 0 100.0
4 2 1 MIN 43 Amp Lee right for 2 yards (tackle by Godfrey Myles) 7 40 0 0 100.0
4 1 10 MIN 45 Brad Johnson pass incomplete middle intended for Cris Carter 7 40 0 0 100.0
4 2 10 MIN 45 Brad Johnson pass complete left to Qadry Ismail for 50 yards (tackle by Roger Harper) 7 40 0 0 100.0
4 1 5 DAL 5 Brad Johnson right for 5 yards, touchdown 13 40 0 0 100.0
4 Two Point Attempt: conversion succeeds 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 9:29 MIN 30 Mitch Berger kicks off 70 yards, touchback 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 1 10 DAL 20 Sherman Williams middle for 4 yards (tackle by Martin Harrison) 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 2 6 DAL 24 Sherman Williams right for 20 yards (tackle by Jason Fisk) 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 1 10 DAL 44 Sherman Williams middle for 1 yard (tackle by James Manley) 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 2 9 DAL 45 Sherman Williams right for 6 yards (tackle by James Manley) 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 3 3 MIN 49 Sherman Williams left for no gain (tackle by Jeff Brady). Sherman Williams fumbles, recovered by Darryl Talley 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 6:59 1 10 MIN 47 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Qadry Ismail for 19 yards 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 1 10 DAL 34 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Cris Carter for 2 yards. Cris Carter fumbles, recovered by Darrin Smith 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 4:03 1 10 DAL 50 Herschel Walker middle for 5 yards (tackle by Derrick Alexander) 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 2 5 MIN 45 Herschel Walker middle for 23 yards (tackle by James Manley) 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 1 10 MIN 22 Herschel Walker right for 5 yards (tackle by Pete Bercich) 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 2 5 MIN 17 Sherman Williams middle for 2 yards (tackle by Jeff Brady) 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 3 3 MIN 15 Herschel Walker middle for 1 yard (tackle by Pete Bercich) 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 4 2 MIN 14 Herschel Walker middle for 1 yard (tackle by Jason Fisk) 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 3:48 1 10 MIN 14 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Qadry Ismail for 9 yards (tackle by Darren Woodson) 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 2 1 MIN 23 Brad Johnson pass incomplete left intended for Jake Reed 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 3 1 MIN 23 Brad Johnson pass incomplete middle intended for Qadry Ismail (defended by Roger Harper) 15 40 0 0 100.0
4 4 1 MIN 23 Brad Johnson left for 1 yard (tackle by Broderick Thomas) 15 40 0 0 100.0
End of Regulation154000
Scoring plays are highlighted in green and accepted penalties are highlighted in gray, while changes of possession are denoted by a bold line. Expected points before and after are relative to the team possessing the ball at the start of the play (though kickoffs are assumed to be in possession of the receiving team).