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10-3-1, Finished 1st in NFL East Division  · 1966 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.7, Offense: 7.0, Defense: 3.7, SoS: -4.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 445 points (31.8/g), 1st of 15 in the NFL. Allowed 239 points (17.1/g), 4th.
 Differential of 206 points (14.7/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 11.4-2.6.

Coach: Tom Landry (10-3-1)

Stadium: Cotton Bowl
 Training Camp: California Lutheran College (Thousand Oaks, California)

Team Info

Principal Owner Clint Murchison Jr.
President/General Manager Tex Schramm
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 445 5145 926 5.6 24 10 24 287 214 413 3023 27 14 6.6 139 471 2122 24 4.5 124
Team Defense 239 3558 873 4.1 31 14 17 221 212 457 2382 17 17 4.6 140 356 1176 6 3.3 64
Lg Rank Offense 1 1 1 1 1 7 1 3 2 4 4 2 1 2
Lg Rank Defense 4 2 11 8 5 15 7 8 12 2 1 1 1 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 18 boxscore W 1-0 New York Giants 52 7 24 518 374 144 1 18 257 120 137 4
2 Sun September 25 boxscore W 2-0 Minnesota Vikings 28 17 18 314 166 148 25 389 247 142 1
4 Sun October 2 boxscore W 3-0 @ Atlanta Falcons 47 14 22 363 220 143 2 20 276 170 106 5
4 Sun October 9 boxscore W 4-0 Philadelphia Eagles 56 7 32 652 440 212 11 217 179 38 1
6 Sun October 16 boxscore T 4-0-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 10 10 17 326 191 135 4 13 175 130 45
6 Sun October 23 boxscore L 4-1-1 @ Cleveland Browns 21 30 30 413 257 156 4 17 264 159 105
7 Sun October 30 boxscore W 5-1-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 52 21 24 425 233 192 3 6 119 112 7 4
9 Sun November 6 boxscore L 5-2-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 23 24 16 240 128 112 2 5 80 22 58 3
10 Sun November 13 boxscore W 6-2-1 @ Washington Redskins 31 30 24 515 383 132 3 19 341 318 23
10 Sun November 20 boxscore W 7-2-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 20 7 16 258 134 124 1 16 163 110 53 3
11 Thu November 24 boxscore W 8-2-1 Cleveland Browns 26 14 25 304 131 173 18 321 164 157 1
12 Sun December 4 boxscore W 9-2-1 St. Louis Cardinals 31 17 11 190 82 108 1 21 295 201 94 5
13 Sun December 11 boxscore L 9-3-1 Washington Redskins 31 34 17 370 129 241 1 13 399 295 104 2
14 Sun December 18 boxscore W 10-3-1 @ New York Giants 17 7 11 257 155 102 2 19 262 155 107 2
Playoffs
ConfChamp Sun January 1 boxscore L 10-4-1 Green Bay Packers 27 34 23 418 231 187 2 19 367 265 102 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
17 Don Meredith* 28 QB 13 13 9-3-1 177 344 51.5% 2805 24 7.0 12 3.5 95 8.2 8.0 15.8 215.8 87.7 3 2
13 Jerry Rhome 24 qb 7 1 1-0-0 21 36 58.3% 253 0 0.0 1 2.8 47 7.0 5.8 12.0 36.1 68.4
14 Craig Morton 23 6 0 13 27 48.1% 225 3 11.1 1 3.7 41 8.3 8.9 17.3 37.5 98.5 0 1
30 Dan Reeves 22 HB 14 14 3 6 50.0% 48 0 0.0 0 0.0 29 8.0 8.0 16.0 3.4 77.1
Team Total 26.0 14 10-3-1 214 413 51.8% 3331 27 6.5 14 3.4 95 8.1 7.8 15.6 237.9 86.5 3 3
Opp Total 14 212 457 46.4% 2802 17 3.7 17 3.7 6.1 5.20 13.2 200.1 63.2 60 420 4.6 3.8 11.6

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
43 Don Perkins* 28 FB 14 14 186 726 8 24 3.9 51.9 13.3 23 231 10.0 0 39 1.6 16.5 957 8 1
30 Dan Reeves 22 HB 14 14 175 757 8 67 4.3 54.1 12.5 41 557 13.6 8 51 2.9 39.8 1314 16 6
17 Don Meredith* 28 QB 13 13 38 242 5 22 6.4 18.6 2.9 242 5 8
46 Les Shy 22 11 0 17 118 1 68 6.9 10.7 1.5 118 1 1
32 Walt Garrison 22 KR 14 0 16 62 1 13 3.9 4.4 1.1 2 18 9.0 0 17 0.1 1.3 80 1 0
82 Frank Clarke 32 14 1 8 49 0 26 6.1 3.5 0.6 26 355 13.7 4 33 1.9 25.4 404 4 0
20 Mel Renfro* 25 PR/RS 11 8 8 52 0 27 6.5 4.7 0.7 4 65 16.3 0 42 0.4 5.9 117 0 2
24 J.D. Smith 34 14 0 7 7 1 2 1.0 0.5 0.5 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.1 0.2 10 1 0
14 Craig Morton 23 6 0 7 50 0 12 7.1 8.3 1.2 50 0 0
13 Jerry Rhome 24 qb 7 1 7 37 0 11 5.3 5.3 1.0 37 0 1
22 Bob Hayes*+ 24 SE 14 14 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 64 1232 19.3 13 95 4.6 88.0 1231 13 3
11 Danny Villanueva 29 K/P 14 0 1 23 0 23 23.0 1.6 0.1 23 0 0
35 Pete Gent 24 FL 14 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 474 17.6 1 84 1.9 33.9 474 1 0
26 Buddy Dial 29 se 10 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 252 18.0 1 39 1.4 25.2 252 1 0
84 Pettis Norman 27 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 144 12.0 0 31 0.9 10.3 144 0 0
Team Total 26.0 14 471 2122 24 68 4.5 151.6 33.6 214 3331 15.6 27 95 15.3 237.9 5453 51 23
Opp Total 14 356 1176 6 3.3 84.0 25.4 212 2382 11.2 17 15.1 170.1 3558 23 23

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
20 Mel Renfro* 25 PR/RS 11 8 21 123 0 38 5.9 19 487 1 87 25.6 727
32 Walt Garrison 22 KR 14 0 20 445 0 35 22.3 525
22 Bob Hayes*+ 24 SE 14 14 17 106 0 18 6.2 1337
30 Dan Reeves 22 HB 14 14 2 -1 0 14 -0.5 3 56 0 21 18.7 1369
73 Ralph Neely 23 RT 14 14 2 18 0 13 9.0 18
54 Chuck Howley*+ 30 LLB 14 14 1 30 0 30 30.0 30
Team Total 26.0 14 41 258 0 38 6.3 44 1006 1 87 22.9 6717
Opp Total 14 26 106 1 4.1 78 1699 3 21.8

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
11 Danny Villanueva 29 K/P 14 0 31 17 54.8%% 56 56 100.0%% 65 2551 58 1 39.2
Team Total 26.0 14 31 17 54.8%% 56 56 100.0%% 65 2551 58 1 39.2
Opp Total 14 31 12 38.7%% 29 29 100.0%% 79 3350 42.4

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
17 Don Meredith* 28 QB 13 13 0 8 4 -3 0
30 Dan Reeves 22 HB 14 14 0 6 1 0 0
34 Cornell Green*+ 26 LCB 14 14 4 88 1 41 0 0 0 1 0 0
27 Mike Gaechter 26 LS 14 14 3 28 0 23 0 0 0 1 0 0
22 Bob Hayes*+ 24 SE 14 14 0 3 1 0 0
20 Mel Renfro* 25 PR/RS 11 8 2 57 0 33 0 0 2 0 0 0
52 Dave Edwards 27 RLB 14 14 1 12 0 12 0 0 0 2 23 0
66 George Andrie* 26 RDE 14 14 1 6 1 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
77 Jim Colvin 29 LDT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
55 Lee Roy Jordan 25 MLB 14 14 1 49 1 49 0 0 0 1 28 0
41 Warren Livingston 28 RCB 14 14 2 13 0 13 0
25 Obert Logan 25 rs 14 6 2 44 0 22 0
73 Ralph Neely 23 RT 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
43 Don Perkins* 28 FB 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
13 Jerry Rhome 24 qb 7 1 0 1 1 0 0
71 Willie Townes 23 LDE 13 8 0 0 2 0 0 1
53 Mike Connelly 31 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 Leon Donohue 27 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
54 Chuck Howley*+ 30 LLB 14 14 0 0 1 97 1
23 Mike Johnson 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Bob Lilly*+ 27 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
84 Pettis Norman 27 TE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
75 Jethro Pugh 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
46 Les Shy 22 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
24 J.D. Smith 34 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 Jerry Tubbs 31 4 0 1 6 0 6 0
Team Total 26.0 14 17 303 3 49 0 0 23 27 145 1 1
Opp Total 14 42 23 9

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
11 Danny Villanueva 29 K/P 14 0 56 17 107
30 Dan Reeves 22 HB 14 14 8 8 16 96
22 Bob Hayes*+ 24 SE 14 14 13 13 78
43 Don Perkins* 28 FB 14 14 8 8 48
17 Don Meredith* 28 QB 13 13 5 5 30
82 Frank Clarke 32 14 1 4 4 24
66 George Andrie* 26 RDE 14 14 1 1 6
26 Buddy Dial 29 se 10 3 1 1 6
32 Walt Garrison 22 KR 14 0 1 1 6
35 Pete Gent 24 FL 14 10 1 1 6
34 Cornell Green*+ 26 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
54 Chuck Howley*+ 30 LLB 14 14 1 1 6
55 Lee Roy Jordan 25 MLB 14 14 1 1 6
20 Mel Renfro* 25 PR/RS 11 8 1 1 6
46 Les Shy 22 11 0 1 1 6
24 J.D. Smith 34 14 0 1 1 6
71 Willie Townes 23 LDE 13 8 1 2
Team Total 26.0 14 24 27 1 1 3 56 56 17 1 445
Opp Total 14 6 17 1 3 1 1 29 12 239

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1966-09-18 NYG W, 52-7 1 1 rush Don Perkins 1 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
2 1966-09-18 NYG W, 52-7 2 74 pass Bob Hayes 74 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
3 1966-09-18 NYG W, 52-7 2 2 pass Dan Reeves 2 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
4 1966-09-18 NYG W, 52-7 2 1 pass Dan Reeves 1 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
5 1966-09-18 NYG W, 52-7 3 39 pass Bob Hayes 39 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
6 1966-09-18 NYG W, 52-7 3 19 pass Dan Reeves 19 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
7 1966-09-18 NYG W, 52-7 4 41 interception Cornell Green 41 yard interception return (Danny Villanueva kick)
8 1966-09-25 MIN W, 28-17 2 37 pass Bob Hayes 37 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
9 1966-09-25 MIN W, 28-17 3 4 rush Don Meredith 4 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
10 1966-09-25 MIN W, 28-17 4 8 pass Buddy Dial 8 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
11 1966-09-25 MIN W, 28-17 4 11 rush Dan Reeves 11 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
12 1966-10-02 @ ATL W, 47-14 2 2 rush Dan Reeves 2 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
13 1966-10-02 @ ATL W, 47-14 2 11 pass Dan Reeves 11 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
14 1966-10-02 @ ATL W, 47-14 3 49 pass Bob Hayes 49 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
15 1966-10-02 @ ATL W, 47-14 3 1 rush Don Perkins 1 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
16 1966-10-02 @ ATL W, 47-14 4 97 fumble Chuck Howley 97 yard fumble return (Danny Villanueva kick)
17 1966-10-02 @ ATL W, 47-14 4 10 pass Frank Clarke 10 yard pass from Craig Morton (Danny Villanueva kick)
18 1966-10-09 PHI W, 56-7 1 51 pass Dan Reeves 51 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
19 1966-10-09 PHI W, 56-7 1 24 pass Bob Hayes 24 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
20 1966-10-09 PHI W, 56-7 1 36 pass Bob Hayes 36 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
21 1966-10-09 PHI W, 56-7 2 2 rush Dan Reeves 2 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
22 1966-10-09 PHI W, 56-7 3 23 pass Frank Clarke 23 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
23 1966-10-09 PHI W, 56-7 3 12 pass Bob Hayes 12 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
24 1966-10-09 PHI W, 56-7 4 2 rush Walt Garrison 2 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
25 1966-10-09 PHI W, 56-7 4 1 rush Les Shy 1 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
26 1966-10-16 @ STL T, 10-10 4 4 rush Dan Reeves 4 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
27 1966-10-23 @ CLE L, 21-30 1 3 rush Don Meredith 3 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
28 1966-10-23 @ CLE L, 21-30 4 1 rush Don Perkins 1 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
29 1966-10-23 @ CLE L, 21-30 4 1 pass Frank Clarke 1 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
30 1966-10-30 PIT W, 52-21 2 1 pass Dan Reeves 1 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
31 1966-10-30 PIT W, 52-21 2 49 interception Lee Roy Jordan 49 yard interception return (Danny Villanueva kick)
32 1966-10-30 PIT W, 52-21 2 8 pass Dan Reeves 8 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
33 1966-10-30 PIT W, 52-21 3 87 kickoff Mel Renfro 87 yard kickoff return (Danny Villanueva kick)
34 1966-10-30 PIT W, 52-21 3 22 pass Frank Clarke 22 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
35 1966-10-30 PIT W, 52-21 3 84 pass Pete Gent 84 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
36 1966-10-30 PIT W, 52-21 4 1 rush J.D. Smith 1 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
37 1966-11-06 @ PHI L, 23-24 1 2 rush Dan Reeves 2 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
38 1966-11-06 @ PHI L, 23-24 2 1 rush Don Meredith 1 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
39 1966-11-13 @ WAS W, 31-30 1 1 rush Don Meredith 1 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
40 1966-11-13 @ WAS W, 31-30 2 52 pass Bob Hayes 52 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
41 1966-11-13 @ WAS W, 31-30 3 95 pass Bob Hayes 95 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
42 1966-11-13 @ WAS W, 31-30 4 1 rush Dan Reeves 1 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
43 1966-11-20 @ PIT W, 20-7 2 3 rush Don Meredith 3 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
44 1966-11-20 @ PIT W, 20-7 4 38 pass Bob Hayes 38 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
45 1966-11-24 CLE W, 26-14 2 6 pass Dan Reeves 6 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
46 1966-11-24 CLE W, 26-14 4 9 rush Don Perkins 9 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
47 1966-12-04 STL W, 31-17 1 45 rush Dan Reeves 45 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
48 1966-12-04 STL W, 31-17 2 25 pass Bob Hayes 25 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
49 1966-12-04 STL W, 31-17 2 2 rush Don Perkins 2 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
50 1966-12-04 STL W, 31-17 4 11 rush Don Perkins 11 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
51 1966-12-11 WAS L, 31-34 2 20 rush Don Perkins 20 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
52 1966-12-11 WAS L, 31-34 3 23 pass Bob Hayes 23 yard pass from Craig Morton (Danny Villanueva kick)
53 1966-12-11 WAS L, 31-34 4 67 rush Dan Reeves 67 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
54 1966-12-11 WAS L, 31-34 4 6 rush Don Perkins 6 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
55 1966-12-18 @ NYG W, 17-7 1 6 interception George Andrie 6 yard interception return (Danny Villanueva kick)
56 1966-12-18 @ NYG W, 17-7 4 41 pass Bob Hayes 41 yard pass from Craig Morton (Danny Villanueva kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1966-09-18 NYG L, 7-52 2 20 pass Homer Jones 20 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Pete Gogolak kick)
2 1966-09-25 MIN L, 17-28 2 6 pass Tom Hall 6 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
3 1966-09-25 MIN L, 17-28 3 15 pass Jim Lindsey 15 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
4 1966-10-02 @ ATL L, 14-47 1 1 rush Junior Coffey 1 yard rush (Lou Kirouac kick)
5 1966-10-02 @ ATL L, 14-47 3 1 rush Randy Johnson 1 yard rush (Lou Kirouac kick)
6 1966-10-09 PHI L, 7-56 4 16 pass Pete Retzlaff 16 yard pass from King Hill (Sam Baker kick)
7 1966-10-16 @ STL T, 10-10 2 1 pass Bobby Joe Conrad 1 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
8 1966-10-23 @ CLE W, 30-21 1 15 pass Milt Morin 15 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
9 1966-10-23 @ CLE W, 30-21 3 2 rush Leroy Kelly 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
10 1966-10-23 @ CLE W, 30-21 3 21 pass Paul Warfield 21 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
11 1966-10-30 PIT L, 21-52 1 56 interception Marv Woodson 56 yard interception return (Mike Clark kick)
12 1966-10-30 PIT L, 21-52 2 93 kickoff Cannonball Butler 93 yard kickoff return (Mike Clark kick)
13 1966-10-30 PIT L, 21-52 3 4 pass John Hilton 4 yard pass from Ron Smith (Mike Clark kick)
14 1966-11-06 @ PHI W, 24-23 1 93 kickoff Timmy Brown 93 yard kickoff return (Sam Baker kick)
15 1966-11-06 @ PHI W, 24-23 2 90 kickoff Timmy Brown 90 yard kickoff return (Sam Baker kick)
16 1966-11-06 @ PHI W, 24-23 2 67 punt Aaron Martin 67 yard punt return (Sam Baker kick)
17 1966-11-13 @ WAS L, 30-31 3 4 pass Jerry Smith 4 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Charlie Gogolak kick)
18 1966-11-13 @ WAS L, 30-31 3 78 pass Charley Taylor 78 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Charlie Gogolak kick)
19 1966-11-13 @ WAS L, 30-31 4 18 pass Charley Taylor 18 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Charlie Gogolak kick)
20 1966-11-20 @ PIT L, 7-20 2 11 pass Willie Asbury 11 yard pass from Ron Smith (Mike Clark kick)
21 1966-11-24 CLE L, 14-26 2 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
22 1966-11-24 CLE L, 14-26 2 16 pass Ernie Green 16 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
23 1966-12-04 STL L, 17-31 1 1 rush Johnny Roland 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
24 1966-12-04 STL L, 17-31 4 16 pass Billy Gambrell 16 yard pass from Terry Nofsinger (Jim Bakken kick)
25 1966-12-11 WAS W, 34-31 2 0 fumble John Reger 0 yard fumble return (Charlie Gogolak kick)
26 1966-12-11 WAS W, 34-31 3 11 pass Bobby Mitchell 11 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Charlie Gogolak kick)
27 1966-12-11 WAS W, 34-31 4 11 pass Jerry Smith 11 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Charlie Gogolak kick)
28 1966-12-11 WAS W, 34-31 4 65 pass Charley Taylor 65 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Charlie Gogolak kick)
29 1966-12-18 @ NYG L, 7-17 4 1 rush Joe Morrison 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)