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1971 Dallas Cowboys

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11-3-0, Finished 1st in NFC East Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 9.9, Offense: 8.3, Defense: 1.6, SoS: -3.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 406 points (29.0/g), 1st of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 222 points (15.9/g), 7th.
 Differential of 184 points (13.1/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 11.3-2.7.

Coach: Tom Landry (11-3-0)

Stadium: Texas Stadium
 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 406 5035 905 5.6 35 21 9 288 206 361 2786 22 14 7.1 144 512 2249 25 4.4 135
Team Defense 222 3468 817 4.2 51 25 16 200 209 421 2324 15 26 5.0 125 353 1144 8 3.2 59
Lg Rank Offense 1 1 11 26 1 14 2 2 5 2 2 3 1 7
Lg Rank Defense 7 3 1 1 4 26 19 11 7 6 2 2 5 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-0 @ Buffalo Bills 49 37 19 371 211 160 1 18 401 335 66 4
2 Sun September 26 boxscore W 2-0 @ Philadelphia Eagles 42 7 23 369 219 150 4 12 170 138 32 8
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 2-1 Washington Redskins 16 20 20 267 185 82 1 14 285 85 200 3
4 Mon October 11 boxscore W 3-1 New York Giants 20 13 21 401 179 222 6 18 332 265 67 5
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 3-2 @ New Orleans Saints 14 24 20 300 204 96 6 10 157 49 108 2
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 4-2 New England Patriots 44 21 20 406 238 168 17 259 183 76 3
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 4-3 @ Chicago Bears 19 23 26 481 342 139 7 7 194 112 82 2
8 Sun November 7 boxscore W 5-3 @ St. Louis Cardinals 16 13 20 372 199 173 11 228 192 36 1
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 6-3 Philadelphia Eagles 20 7 21 308 129 179 1 14 286 242 44 5
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 7-3 @ Washington Redskins 13 0 16 279 133 146 1 15 232 167 65 2
11 Thu November 25 boxscore W 8-3 Los Angeles Rams 28 21 15 280 166 114 21 313 227 86 3
12 Sat December 4 boxscore W 9-3 New York Jets 52 10 26 439 221 218 1 12 149 19 130 6
13 Sun December 12 boxscore W 10-3 @ New York Giants 42 14 23 439 242 197 3 17 247 183 64 4
14 Sat December 18 boxscore W 11-3 St. Louis Cardinals 31 12 18 323 118 205 4 14 215 127 88 3
Playoffs
Division Sat December 25 boxscore W 12-3 @ Minnesota Vikings 20 12 10 183 85 98 17 311 210 101 5
ConfChamp Sun January 2 boxscore W 13-3 San Francisco 49ers 14 3 16 244 72 172 1 9 239 178 61 3
SuperBowl Sun January 16 boxscore W 14-3 N Miami Dolphins 24 3 23 352 100 252 1 10 185 105 80 3

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
12 Roger Staubach* 29 QB 13 10 10-0-0 126 211 59.7% 1882 15 7.1 4 1.9 85 8.9 9.5 14.9 144.8 104.8 23 175 7.29 7.81 9.8 1 2
14 Craig Morton 28 qb 10 4 1-3-0 78 143 54.5% 1131 7 4.9 8 5.6 76 7.9 6.4 14.5 113.1 73.5 9 76 6.94 5.49 5.9
30 Dan Reeves 27 14 0 2 5 40.0% 24 0 0.0 1 20.0 14 4.8 -4.2 12.0 1.7 15.8 0 0 4.80 -4.20 0.0
35 Calvin Hill 24 rb 8 7 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
33 Duane Thomas 24 RB 11 10 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 27.4 14 11-3-0 206 361 57.1% 3037 22 6.1 14 3.9 85 8.4 7.9 14.7 216.9 88.8 32 251 7.09 6.61 8.1 1 2
Opp Total 14 209 421 49.6% 2660 15 3.6 26 6.2 6.3 4.25 12.7 190.0 55.9 43 336 5.0 3.1 9.3

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
33 Duane Thomas 24 RB 11 10 175 793 11 56 4.5 72.1 15.9 13 153 11.8 2 34 1.2 13.9 946 13 3
32 Walt Garrison 27 FB 13 11 127 429 1 34 3.4 33.0 9.8 40 396 9.9 1 36 3.1 30.5 825 2 6
35 Calvin Hill 24 rb 8 7 106 468 8 17 4.4 58.5 13.3 19 244 12.8 3 27 2.4 30.5 712 11 2
12 Roger Staubach* 29 QB 13 10 41 343 2 31 8.4 26.4 3.2 343 2 6
36 Joe Williams 24 12 0 21 67 1 16 3.2 5.6 1.8 3 59 19.7 0 35 0.3 4.9 126 1 3
30 Dan Reeves 27 14 0 17 79 0 22 4.6 5.6 1.2 3 25 8.3 0 11 0.2 1.8 104 0 1
42 Claxton Welch 24 14 0 14 51 1 14 3.6 3.6 1.0 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.1 -0.1 50 1 1
14 Craig Morton 28 qb 10 4 4 9 1 4 2.3 0.9 0.4 9 1 1
22 Bob Hayes 29 WR 14 13 3 18 0 11 6.0 1.3 0.2 35 840 24.0 8 85 2.5 60.0 858 8 0
19 Lance Alworth 31 WR 12 11 2 -10 0 -4 -5.0 -0.8 0.2 34 487 14.3 2 26 2.8 40.6 477 2 0
89 Mike Ditka 32 te 14 4 2 2 0 11 1.0 0.1 0.1 30 360 12.0 1 29 2.1 25.7 362 1 0
87 Billy Truax 28 TE 12 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 232 15.5 1 25 1.3 19.3 232 1 0
31 Gloster Richardson 29 wr 11 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 170 21.3 3 45 0.7 15.5 170 3 0
23 Margene Adkins 24 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 53 13.3 0 23 1.3 17.7 53 0 0
88 Reggie Rucker 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 19 19.0 1 19 0.5 9.5 19 1 0
Team Total 27.4 14 512 2249 25 56 4.4 160.6 36.6 206 3037 14.7 22 85 14.7 216.9 5286 47 30
Opp Total 14 353 1144 8 3.2 81.7 25.2 209 2324 11.1 15 14.9 166.0 3468 23 40

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
43 Cliff Harris 23 FS/KR/PR 14 11 17 129 0 35 7.6 29 823 0 77 28.4 952
41 Charlie Waters 23 db 14 4 9 109 0 42 12.1 1 18 0 18 18.0 127
37 Ike Thomas 24 7 1 7 295 2 101 42.1 295
23 Margene Adkins 24 3 0 4 5 0 10 1.3 58
42 Claxton Welch 24 14 0 4 105 0 39 26.3 155
89 Mike Ditka 32 te 14 4 3 30 0 29 10.0 392
22 Bob Hayes 29 WR 14 13 1 5 0 5 5.0 1 14 0 14 14.0 877
33 Duane Thomas 24 RB 11 10 2 64 0 15 32.0 1010
34 Cornell Green* 31 SS 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
50 D.D. Lewis 26 14 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
36 Joe Williams 24 12 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 138
Team Total 27.4 14 31 248 0 42 8.0 50 1376 2 101 27.5 6910
Opp Total 14 26 231 0 8.9 70 1681 0 24.0

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
83 Mike Clark 31 K 12 0 5 5 6 4 1 12 4 1 25 13 52.0%% 47 47 100.0%%
10 Ron Widby* 26 P 14 0 56 2329 59 1 41.6
15 Toni Fritsch 26 k 2 0 1 1 3 3 1 3 1 8 5 62.5%% 2 2 100.0%%
30 Dan Reeves 27 14 0 1 1 100.0%%
Team Total 27.4 14 6 6 9 7 2 15 5 1 33 18 54.5%% 50 50 100.0%% 56 2329 59 1 41.6
Opp Total 14 25 16 64.0%% 25 24 96.0%% 65 2698 41.5

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
43 Cliff Harris 23 FS/KR/PR 14 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 -6 0
54 Chuck Howley* 35 RLB 14 14 5 122 0 53 0 0 0 3 0 0
12 Roger Staubach* 29 QB 13 10 0 6 1 -10 0
26 Herb Adderley 32 LCB 12 12 6 182 0 46 0
32 Walt Garrison 27 FB 13 11 0 6 0 0 0
55 Lee Roy Jordan 30 MLB 14 14 2 34 0 23 0 0 0 3 0 0
63 Larry Cole 25 LDE 14 14 0 0 4 20 0
52 Dave Edwards 32 LLB 14 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
20 Mel Renfro* 30 RCB 14 14 4 11 0 7 0
33 Duane Thomas 24 RB 11 10 0 3 1 0 0
41 Charlie Waters 23 db 14 4 2 37 0 30 0 0 2 0 0 0
34 Cornell Green* 31 SS 14 14 2 16 0 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
50 D.D. Lewis 26 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
42 Claxton Welch 24 14 0 0 1 2 1 0 1
36 Joe Williams 24 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
22 Bob Hayes 29 WR 14 13 0 0 2 0 0
35 Calvin Hill 24 rb 8 7 0 2 0 0 0
14 Craig Morton 28 qb 10 4 0 1 1 0 0
70 Rayfield Wright*+ 26 RT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
23 Margene Adkins 24 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 George Andrie 31 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
83 Mike Clark 31 K 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Mike Ditka 32 te 14 4 0 0 1 0 0
62 John Fitzgerald 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Bob Lilly*+ 32 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 7 1
75 Jethro Pugh 27 LDT 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
30 Dan Reeves 27 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
71 Rodney Wallace 22 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.4 14 26 402 0 53 0 0 30 34 17 1 1
Opp Total 14 32 40 15

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
83 Mike Clark 31 K 12 0 47 13 86
33 Duane Thomas 24 RB 11 10 11 2 13 78
35 Calvin Hill 24 rb 8 7 8 3 11 66
22 Bob Hayes 29 WR 14 13 8 8 48
31 Gloster Richardson 29 wr 11 4 3 3 18
15 Toni Fritsch 26 k 2 0 2 5 17
19 Lance Alworth 31 WR 12 11 2 2 12
32 Walt Garrison 27 FB 13 11 1 1 2 12
12 Roger Staubach* 29 QB 13 10 2 2 12
37 Ike Thomas 24 7 1 2 2 12
42 Claxton Welch 24 14 0 1 1 1 8
89 Mike Ditka 32 te 14 4 1 1 6
74 Bob Lilly*+ 32 RDT 14 14 1 1 6
14 Craig Morton 28 qb 10 4 1 1 6
88 Reggie Rucker 24 2 0 1 1 6
87 Billy Truax 28 TE 12 10 1 1 6
36 Joe Williams 24 12 0 1 1 6
30 Dan Reeves 27 14 0 1 1
Team Total 27.4 14 25 22 2 1 50 50 18 1 406
Opp Total 14 8 15 1 24 16 222

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 @ BUF W, 49-37 1 2 rush Calvin Hill 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
2 1971-09-19 @ BUF W, 49-37 2 76 pass Bob Hayes 76 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
3 1971-09-19 @ BUF W, 49-37 2 3 rush Walt Garrison 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
4 1971-09-19 @ BUF W, 49-37 2 3 rush Calvin Hill 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
5 1971-09-19 @ BUF W, 49-37 3 19 pass Reggie Rucker 19 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
6 1971-09-19 @ BUF W, 49-37 4 1 rush Calvin Hill 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
7 1971-09-19 @ BUF W, 49-37 4 1 rush Calvin Hill 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
8 1971-09-26 @ PHI W, 42-7 2 1 rush Calvin Hill 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
9 1971-09-26 @ PHI W, 42-7 2 7 fumble Bob Lilly 7 yard fumble return (Mike Clark kick)
10 1971-09-26 @ PHI W, 42-7 2 4 pass Walt Garrison 4 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
11 1971-09-26 @ PHI W, 42-7 3 16 pass Gloster Richardson 16 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
12 1971-09-26 @ PHI W, 42-7 4 2 rush Craig Morton 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
13 1971-09-26 @ PHI W, 42-7 4 2 rush Claxton Welch 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
14 1971-10-03 WAS L, 16-20 4 1 rush Calvin Hill 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
15 1971-10-11 NYG W, 20-13 2 4 pass Billy Truax 4 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
16 1971-10-11 NYG W, 20-13 3 48 pass Bob Hayes 48 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
17 1971-10-17 @ NOR L, 14-24 3 41 pass Gloster Richardson 41 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
18 1971-10-17 @ NOR L, 14-24 4 16 pass Bob Hayes 16 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
19 1971-10-24 NWE W, 44-21 1 56 rush Duane Thomas 56 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
20 1971-10-24 NWE W, 44-21 2 2 rush Roger Staubach 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
21 1971-10-24 NWE W, 44-21 2 35 pass Bob Hayes 35 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
22 1971-10-24 NWE W, 44-21 2 28 pass Bob Hayes 28 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
23 1971-10-24 NWE W, 44-21 4 2 rush Joe Williams 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
24 1971-10-31 @ CHI L, 19-23 1 3 rush Duane Thomas 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
25 1971-10-31 @ CHI L, 19-23 4 45 pass Gloster Richardson 45 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
26 1971-11-07 @ STL W, 16-13 4 4 pass Mike Ditka 4 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Dan Reeves run)
27 1971-11-14 PHI W, 20-7 2 1 rush Duane Thomas 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
28 1971-11-14 PHI W, 20-7 3 13 rush Duane Thomas 13 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
29 1971-11-21 @ WAS W, 13-0 1 29 rush Roger Staubach 29 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
30 1971-11-25 RAM W, 28-21 1 89 kickoff Ike Thomas 89 yard kickoff return (Mike Clark kick)
31 1971-11-25 RAM W, 28-21 2 51 pass Bob Hayes 51 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
32 1971-11-25 RAM W, 28-21 3 21 pass Lance Alworth 21 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
33 1971-11-25 RAM W, 28-21 4 5 rush Duane Thomas 5 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
34 1971-12-04 NYJ W, 52-10 1 101 kickoff Ike Thomas 101 yard kickoff return (Mike Clark kick)
35 1971-12-04 NYJ W, 52-10 1 27 pass Calvin Hill 27 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
36 1971-12-04 NYJ W, 52-10 1 27 pass Calvin Hill 27 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
37 1971-12-04 NYJ W, 52-10 1 3 rush Duane Thomas 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
38 1971-12-04 NYJ W, 52-10 2 9 rush Calvin Hill 9 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
39 1971-12-04 NYJ W, 52-10 3 18 pass Duane Thomas 18 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
40 1971-12-04 NYJ W, 52-10 4 20 pass Lance Alworth 20 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
41 1971-12-12 @ NYG W, 42-14 1 46 pass Bob Hayes 46 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
42 1971-12-12 @ NYG W, 42-14 1 3 rush Duane Thomas 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
43 1971-12-12 @ NYG W, 42-14 2 10 pass Calvin Hill 10 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
44 1971-12-12 @ NYG W, 42-14 2 85 pass Bob Hayes 85 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
45 1971-12-12 @ NYG W, 42-14 3 7 rush Duane Thomas 7 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
46 1971-12-12 @ NYG W, 42-14 3 4 rush Calvin Hill 4 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
47 1971-12-18 STL W, 31-12 1 53 rush Duane Thomas 53 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
48 1971-12-18 STL W, 31-12 2 3 rush Duane Thomas 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
49 1971-12-18 STL W, 31-12 2 34 pass Duane Thomas 34 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
50 1971-12-18 STL W, 31-12 4 3 rush Duane Thomas 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 @ BUF L, 37-49 1 73 pass Haven Moses 73 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (Grant Guthrie kick)
2 1971-09-19 @ BUF L, 37-49 1 6 rush O.J. Simpson 6 yard rush (Grant Guthrie kick)
3 1971-09-19 @ BUF L, 37-49 2 75 pass Marlin Briscoe 75 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (Grant Guthrie kick)
4 1971-09-19 @ BUF L, 37-49 3 23 pass Marlin Briscoe 23 yard pass from Dennis Shaw
5 1971-09-19 @ BUF L, 37-49 4 26 pass Ike Hill 26 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (Grant Guthrie kick)
6 1971-09-26 @ PHI L, 7-42 4 102 field goal Al Nelson 102 yard field goal return (Happy Feller kick)
7 1971-10-03 WAS W, 20-16 1 57 rush Charlie Harraway 57 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
8 1971-10-03 WAS W, 20-16 2 50 pass Roy Jefferson 50 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
9 1971-10-11 NYG L, 13-20 4 24 pass Clifton McNeil 24 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
10 1971-10-17 @ NOR W, 24-14 1 29 pass Tony Baker 29 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
11 1971-10-17 @ NOR W, 24-14 2 13 rush Archie Manning 13 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
12 1971-10-17 @ NOR W, 24-14 4 2 rush Archie Manning 2 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
13 1971-10-24 NWE L, 21-44 1 1 rush Jim Nance 1 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
14 1971-10-24 NWE L, 21-44 4 33 pass Randy Vataha 33 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
15 1971-10-24 NWE L, 21-44 4 31 pass Tom Beer 31 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
16 1971-10-31 @ CHI W, 23-19 1 9 rush Bobby Douglass 9 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
17 1971-10-31 @ CHI W, 23-19 4 28 pass Dick Gordon 28 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Bobby Douglass run)
18 1971-11-07 @ STL L, 13-16 2 11 pass Dave Williams 11 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
19 1971-11-14 PHI L, 7-20 4 1 rush Pete Liske 1 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
20 1971-11-25 RAM L, 21-28 1 1 rush Larry Smith 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
21 1971-11-25 RAM L, 21-28 1 33 pass Bob Klein 33 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
22 1971-11-25 RAM L, 21-28 3 2 pass Pat Curran 2 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
23 1971-12-04 NYJ L, 10-52 3 1 pass George Nock 1 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
24 1971-12-12 @ NYG L, 14-42 2 6 pass Don Herrmann 6 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
25 1971-12-12 @ NYG L, 14-42 4 37 interception Pete Athas 37 yard interception return (Pete Gogolak kick)