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1977 Dallas Cowboys

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12-2-0, Finished 1st in NFC East Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.8, Offense: 7.6, Defense: 0.2, SoS: -1.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 345 points (24.6/g), 2nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 212 points (15.1/g), 8th.
 Differential of 133 points (9.5/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 10.6-3.4.

Coach: Tom Landry (12-2-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Dan Reeves
 Defensive Coordinator: Ernie Stautner

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


Team Info

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

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 345 4812 969 5.0 24 14 18 272 215 372 2443 18 10 6.0 136 564 2369 21 4.2 118
Team Defense 212 3213 880 3.7 31 10 23 205 154 370 1562 14 21 3.7 94 457 1651 9 3.6 88
Lg Rank Offense 2 1 1 8 2 10 4 6 1 5 8 4 1 5
Lg Rank Defense 8 1 19 25 4 19 2 12 11 1 4 3 7 8

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 18 boxscore W OT 1-0 @ Minnesota Vikings 16 10 16 297 166 131 1 20 294 138 156 5
2 Sun September 25 boxscore W 2-0 New York Giants 41 21 25 444 259 185 1 14 161 92 69 5
3 Sun October 2 boxscore W 3-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 7 23 415 210 205 3 10 163 87 76 2
4 Sun October 9 boxscore W 4-0 @ St. Louis Cardinals 30 24 22 388 124 264 2 15 320 174 146 2
5 Sun October 16 boxscore W 5-0 Washington Redskins 34 16 23 435 264 171 3 12 116 1 115 2
6 Sun October 23 boxscore W 6-0 @ Philadelphia Eagles 16 10 17 288 139 149 15 186 72 114 3
7 Sun October 30 boxscore W 7-0 Detroit Lions 37 0 20 344 168 176 1 7 120 46 74 3
8 Sun November 6 boxscore W 8-0 @ New York Giants 24 10 13 254 171 83 13 121 2 119 2
9 Mon November 14 boxscore L 8-1 St. Louis Cardinals 17 24 16 236 80 156 3 19 295 137 158 2
10 Sun November 20 boxscore L 8-2 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 13 28 20 337 201 136 2 17 320 92 228 1
11 Sun November 27 boxscore W 9-2 @ Washington Redskins 14 7 19 282 132 150 2 18 334 201 133 1
12 Sun December 4 boxscore W 10-2 Philadelphia Eagles 24 14 19 432 164 268 4 14 243 171 72 2
13 Mon December 12 boxscore W 11-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 42 35 24 398 215 183 19 362 269 93
14 Sun December 18 boxscore W 12-2 Denver Broncos 14 6 15 262 150 112 2 12 178 80 98 1
Playoffs
Division Mon December 26 boxscore W 13-2 Chicago Bears 37 7 20 365 132 233 3 15 224 143 81 7
ConfChamp Sun January 1 boxscore W 14-2 Minnesota Vikings 23 6 16 328 158 170 2 12 214 148 66 4
SuperBowl Sun January 15 boxscore W 15-2 N Denver Broncos 27 10 17 325 182 143 2 11 156 35 121 8

Passing

No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
12 Roger Staubach* 35 QB 14 14 12-2-0 210 361 58.2 2620 18 5.0 9 2.5 67 7.3 7.1 12.5 187.1 87.0 30 219 6.14 6.03 7.7 2 3
11 Danny White 25 P 14 0 4 10 40.0 35 0 0.0 1 10.0 12 3.5 -1.0 8.8 2.5 10.4 2 15 1.67 -2.08 16.7
33 Tony Dorsett 23 RB 14 4 1 1 100.0 34 0 0.0 0 0.0 34 34.0 34.0 34.0 2.4 118.7 0 0 34.00 34.00 0.0
41 Charlie Waters* 29 SS 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 12 -12.00 -12.00 100.0
Team Total 26.4 14 12-2-0 215 372 57.8 2689 18 4.8 10 2.7 67 7.2 7.0 12.5 192.1 85.3 33 246 6.03 5.81 8.1 2 3
Opp Total 14 154 370 41.6 1991 14 3.8 21 5.7 5.4 3.58 12.9 142.2 48.2 53 429 3.7 2.1 12.5

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. 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 Tony Dorsett 23 RB 14 4 208 1007 12 84 4.8 71.9 14.9 29 273 9.4 1 23 2.1 19.5 1280 13 7
44 Robert Newhouse 27 FB 14 14 180 721 3 29 4.0 51.5 12.9 16 106 6.6 1 41 1.1 7.6 827 4 2
26 Preston Pearson 32 rb 14 10 89 341 1 22 3.8 24.4 6.4 46 535 11.6 4 36 3.3 38.2 876 5 1
12 Roger Staubach* 35 QB 14 14 51 171 3 33 3.4 12.2 3.6 171 3 8
21 Doug Dennison 26 8 0 12 60 1 17 5.0 7.5 1.5 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 1.1 69 1 0
35 Scott Laidlaw 24 14 0 9 15 0 8 1.7 1.1 0.6 5 60 12.0 1 18 0.4 4.3 75 1 0
36 Larry Brinson 23 14 0 8 28 1 20 3.5 2.0 0.6 28 1 2
89 Billy Joe DuPree* 27 TE 14 14 3 9 0 7 3.0 0.6 0.2 28 347 12.4 3 23 2.0 24.8 356 3 1
88 Drew Pearson*+ 26 WR 14 14 2 22 0 11 11.0 1.6 0.1 48 870 18.1 2 67 3.4 62.1 892 2 0
86 Butch Johnson 23 KR/PR 14 0 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.2 0.1 12 135 11.3 1 22 0.9 9.6 132 1 4
11 Danny White 25 P 14 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.1 0.1 -2 0 0
83 Golden Richards 27 WR 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 225 13.2 3 50 1.2 16.1 225 3 0
87 Jay Saldi 23 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 108 9.8 2 23 0.8 7.7 108 2 0
80 Tony Hill 21 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 21 10.5 0 12 0.1 1.5 21 0 0
Team Total 26.4 14 564 2369 21 84 4.2 169.2 40.3 215 2689 12.5 18 67 15.4 192.1 5058 39 26
Opp Total 14 457 1651 9 3.6 117.9 32.6 154 1562 10.1 14 11.0 111.6 3213 23 22

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
86 Butch Johnson 23 KR/PR 14 0 50 423 0 38 8.5 22 536 0 64 24.4 1091
36 Larry Brinson 23 14 0 17 409 0 41 24.1 437
80 Tony Hill 21 14 0 10 124 0 29 12.4 3 64 0 29 21.3 209
21 Doug Dennison 26 8 0 1 30 0 30 30.0 99
43 Cliff Harris*+ 29 FS 14 14 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -2
56 Thomas Henderson 24 LLB 14 14 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
89 Billy Joe DuPree* 27 TE 14 14 0 24 0 24 380
Team Total 26.4 14 61 545 0 38 8.9 44 1071 0 64 24.3 6674
Opp Total 14 36 280 1 7.8 71 1614 0 22.7

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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 White 25 P 14 0 80 3171 57 1 39.6
1 Efren Herrera*+ 26 K 14 0 2 2 7 5 8 4 11 6 1 1 29 18 62.1% 41 39 95.1% 2 44 28 0 22.0
Team Total 26.4 14 2 2 7 5 8 4 11 6 1 1 29 18 62.1% 41 39 95.1% 82 3215 57 1 39.2
Opp Total 14 15 10 66.7% 26 26 100.0% 103 3821 37.1

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
12 Roger Staubach* 35 QB 14 14 0 8 3 -2 0
33 Tony Dorsett 23 RB 14 4 0 7 0 0 0
86 Butch Johnson 23 KR/PR 14 0 0 4 2 0 0
43 Cliff Harris*+ 29 FS 14 14 5 7 0 7 0
56 Thomas Henderson 24 LLB 14 14 3 79 1 79 0 0 0 2 0 0
41 Charlie Waters* 29 SS 14 14 3 11 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
44 Robert Newhouse 27 FB 14 14 0 2 1 -1 0
53 Bob Breunig 24 MLB 14 14 1 15 0 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Larry Brinson 23 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
58 Mike Hegman 24 lb 14 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
42 Randy Hughes 24 13 0 2 19 0 11 0
50 D.D. Lewis 32 RLB 14 13 1 29 0 29 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Harvey Martin*+ 27 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 7 0
20 Mel Renfro 36 11 0 2 28 0 25 0
46 Mark Washington 30 db 13 4 2 32 0 21 0
54 Randy White* 24 RDT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
31 Benny Barnes 26 LCB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
89 Billy Joe DuPree* 27 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
62 John Fitzgerald 29 C 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
25 Aaron Kyle 23 RCB 14 10 1 9 0 9 0
88 Drew Pearson*+ 26 WR 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
26 Preston Pearson 32 rb 14 10 0 1 0 0 0
64 Tom Rafferty 23 RG 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
83 Golden Richards 27 WR 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
87 Jay Saldi 23 14 1 0 0 1 8 1
11 Danny White 25 P 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.4 14 21 229 1 79 0 0 26 22 12 1
Opp Total 14 33 22 12

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Efren Herrera*+ 26 K 14 0 39 18 93
33 Tony Dorsett 23 RB 14 4 12 1 13 78
26 Preston Pearson 32 rb 14 10 1 4 5 30
44 Robert Newhouse 27 FB 14 14 3 1 4 24
89 Billy Joe DuPree* 27 TE 14 14 3 3 18
83 Golden Richards 27 WR 14 13 3 3 18
87 Jay Saldi 23 14 1 2 1 3 18
12 Roger Staubach* 35 QB 14 14 3 3 18
88 Drew Pearson*+ 26 WR 14 14 2 2 12
36 Larry Brinson 23 14 0 1 1 6
21 Doug Dennison 26 8 0 1 1 6
56 Thomas Henderson 24 LLB 14 14 1 1 6
86 Butch Johnson 23 KR/PR 14 0 1 1 6
35 Scott Laidlaw 24 14 0 1 1 6
41 Charlie Waters* 29 SS 14 14 1 1 6
Team Total 26.4 14 21 18 1 1 1 42 39 18 345
Opp Total 14 9 14 1 2 26 10 212