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1996 Dallas Cowboys

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10-6-0, Finished 1st in NFC East Division  · 1996 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.4, Offense: -2.9, Defense: 5.3, SoS: 0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 286 points (17.9/g), 25th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 250 points (15.6/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 36 points (2.2/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 9.3-6.7.

Coach: Barry Switzer (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ernie Zampese
 Defensive Coordinator: Dave Campo

Stadium: Texas Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Edward's University (Austin, Texas)

Team Info

Owner/President/General Manager Jerry Jones Owner serves as team's de facto General Manager
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 286 4763 981 4.9 29 15 18 286 307 487 3122 12 14 6.2 163 475 1641 14 3.5 105
Team Defense 250 4382 958 4.6 33 14 27 260 271 484 2806 10 19 5.4 144 437 1576 10 3.6 89
Lg Rank Offense 25 24 12 25 23 23 20 28 6 9 9 18 10 22
Lg Rank Defense 3 3 12 7 3 3 2 1 14 8 12 9 9 8

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 2 boxscore L 0-1 @ Chicago Bears 6 22 18 256 173 83 4 14 304 213 91 2
2 Sun September 8 boxscore W 1-1 New York Giants 27 0 21 368 228 140 7 105 42 63 2
3 Sun September 15 boxscore L 1-2 Indianapolis Colts 24 25 18 295 184 111 1 18 321 218 103 2
4 Sun September 22 boxscore L 1-3 @ Buffalo Bills 7 10 12 192 160 32 4 14 224 89 135 2
5 Mon September 30 boxscore W 2-3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 23 19 15 239 131 108 2 14 259 174 85 5
6 Bye Week
7 Sun October 13 boxscore W 3-3 Arizona Cardinals 17 3 22 324 199 125 1 13 178 120 58 1
8 Sun October 20 boxscore W 4-3 Atlanta Falcons 32 28 17 306 250 56 2 22 369 256 113
9 Sun October 27 boxscore W 5-3 @ Miami Dolphins 29 10 27 482 359 123 10 221 173 48 3
10 Sun November 3 boxscore L 5-4 Philadelphia Eagles 21 31 22 296 179 117 2 22 347 217 130
11 Sun November 10 boxscore W OT 6-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 20 17 20 316 222 94 1 16 267 156 111 3
12 Mon November 18 boxscore W 7-4 Green Bay Packers 21 6 15 317 205 112 15 254 164 90
13 Sun November 24 boxscore L 7-5 @ New York Giants 6 20 15 305 272 33 5 14 215 104 111 1
14 Thu November 28 boxscore W 8-5 Washington Redskins 21 10 19 247 46 201 1 13 209 163 46 3
15 Sun December 8 boxscore W 9-5 @ Arizona Cardinals 10 6 15 334 254 80 2 20 347 213 134 4
16 Sun December 15 boxscore W 10-5 New England Patriots 12 6 16 251 144 107 2 16 279 178 101 4
17 Sun December 22 boxscore L 10-6 @ Washington Redskins 10 37 14 235 116 119 2 32 483 326 157 1
Playoffs
WildCard Sat December 28 boxscore W 11-6 Minnesota Vikings 40 15 27 438 183 255 2 12 268 205 63 6
Division Sun January 5 boxscore L 11-7 @ Carolina Panthers 17 26 21 244 148 96 3 18 227 100 127 2

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
8 Troy Aikman* 30 QB 15 15 10-5-0 296 465 63.7% 3126 12 2.6 13 2.8 61 6.7 6.0 10.6 208.4 80.1 18 120 6.22 5.51 3.7 2 2
11 Wade Wilson 37 qb 3 1 0-1-0 8 18 44.4% 79 0 0.0 1 5.6 20 4.4 1.9 9.9 26.3 34.3 1 7 3.79 1.42 5.3
17 Jason Garrett 30 1 0 3 3 100.0% 44 0 0.0 0 0.0 32 14.7 14.7 14.7 44.0 118.7 0 0 14.67 14.67 0.0
20 Sherman Williams 23 rb 16 1 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 27.9 16 10-6-0 307 487 63.0% 3249 12 2.5 14 2.9 61 6.7 5.9 10.6 203.1 78.6 19 127 6.17 5.40 3.8 2 2
Opp Total 16 271 484 56.0% 3025 10 2.1 19 3.9 6.3 4.90 11.2 189.1 65.3 37 219 5.4 4.1 7.1

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
22 Emmitt Smith 27 RB 15 15 327 1204 12 42 3.7 80.3 21.8 47 249 5.3 3 21 3.1 16.6 1453 15 5
20 Sherman Williams 23 rb 16 1 69 269 0 27 3.9 16.8 4.3 5 41 8.2 0 13 0.3 2.6 310 0 2
8 Troy Aikman* 30 QB 15 15 35 42 1 10 1.2 2.8 2.3 42 1 6
48 Daryl Johnston 30 FB 16 15 22 48 0 7 2.2 3.0 1.4 43 278 6.5 1 23 2.7 17.4 326 1 1
34 Herschel Walker 34 KR 16 1 10 83 1 39 8.3 5.2 0.6 7 89 12.7 0 24 0.4 5.6 172 1 0
85 Kevin Williams 25 WR 10 9 4 11 0 9 2.8 1.1 0.4 27 323 12.0 1 31 2.7 32.3 334 1 0
11 Wade Wilson 37 qb 3 1 4 5 0 8 1.3 1.7 1.3 5 0 0
21 Deion Sanders*+ 29 RCB/wr 16 15 3 2 0 3 0.7 0.1 0.2 36 475 13.2 1 41 2.3 29.7 477 1 2
19 John Jett 28 P 16 0 1 -23 0 -23 -23.0 -1.4 0.1 -23 0 0
88 Michael Irvin 30 WR 11 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 64 962 15.0 2 61 5.8 87.5 962 2 1
86 Eric Bjornson 25 TE 14 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 48 388 8.1 3 25 3.4 27.7 388 3 1
83 Kelvin Martin 31 PR 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 380 15.2 1 60 1.6 23.8 380 1 1
81 Tyji Armstrong 26 te 16 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 10 5.0 0 6 0.1 0.6 10 0 0
82 Johnny Mitchell 25 te 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 17 17.0 0 17 0.3 4.3 17 0 0
89 Derek Ware 29 te 5 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.2 1.0 5 0 0
80 Stepfret Williams 23 wr 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 32 32.0 0 32 0.2 6.4 32 0 0
Team Total 27.9 16 475 1641 14 42 3.5 102.6 29.7 307 3249 10.6 12 61 19.2 203.1 4890 26 24
Opp Total 16 437 1576 10 3.6 98.5 27.3 271 2806 10.4 10 16.9 175.4 4382 20 26

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
83 Kelvin Martin 31 PR 16 1 41 373 0 22 9.1 753
34 Herschel Walker 34 KR 16 1 27 779 0 89 28.9 951
85 Kevin Williams 25 WR 10 9 2 17 0 9 8.5 21 471 0 39 22.4 822
31 Brock Marion 26 FS 10 10 3 68 0 37 22.7 68
42 Charlie Williams 24 7 0 2 21 0 21 10.5 21
21 Deion Sanders*+ 29 RCB/wr 16 15 1 4 0 4 4.0 481
Team Total 27.9 16 44 394 0 22 9.0 53 1339 0 89 25.3 6623
Opp Total 16 32 249 0 7.8 70 1431 0 20.4

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
19 John Jett 28 P 16 0 74 3150 60 0 42.6
18 Chris Boniol 25 K 16 0 1 1 13 13 13 12 7 5 2 1 36 32 88.9%% 25 24 96.0%%
Team Total 27.9 16 1 1 13 13 13 12 7 5 2 1 36 32 88.9%% 25 24 96.0%% 74 3150 60 0 42.6
Opp Total 16 32 28 87.5%% 20 20 100.0%% 75 3457 46.1

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
55 Fred Strickland 30 MLB 16 16 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 79 24
28 Darren Woodson*+ 27 SS 16 16 3.0 5 43 0 21 0 1 1 1 0 0 62 16
59 Darrin Smith 26 RLB 16 16 1.0 54 27
92 Tony Tolbert* 29 LDE 16 16 12.0 3 0 2 0 0 45 16
30 George Teague 25 fs 16 8 4 47 0 22 0 47 10
26 Kevin Smith 26 LCB 16 16 5 45 0 24 0 48 3
51 Broderick Thomas 29 LLB 16 9 4.5 1 0 3 23 0 43 10
31 Brock Marion 26 FS 10 10 0 1 1 45 0 41 10
95 Chad Hennings 31 LDT 15 15 4.5 2 0 1 0 0 33 7
21 Deion Sanders*+ 29 RCB/wr 16 15 2 3 0 2 0 1 2 3 15 1 31 2
78 Leon Lett 28 RDT 13 13 3.5 2 0 2 0 0 28 8
56 Randall Godfrey 23 llb 16 6 1 0 0 0 0 25 3
96 Shante Carver 25 RDE 10 7 3.0 17 6
24 Roger Harper 26 14 0 2 30 0 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 15 5
75 Tony Casillas 33 dt 16 3 1 0 0 0 0 11 6
52 Jim Schwantz* 26 16 0 12 4
99 Hurvin McCormack 24 dt 16 4 2.5 1 0 0 0 0 9 7
29 Alundis Brice 26 db 14 1 11 1
98 Godfrey Myles 28 16 0 10 2
40 Bill Bates 35 14 0 6 2
35 Wendell Davis 23 13 0 7 0
94 Charles Haley 32 rde 5 5 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
42 Charlie Williams 24 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
8 Troy Aikman* 30 QB 15 15 0 6 2 -8 0
72 Ray Childress 34 3 0 1.0 3 0
22 Emmitt Smith 27 RB 15 15 0 5 1 0 0
97 Kavika Pittman 22 15 0 2 0
93 Mike Ulufale 24 3 0 2 0
57 Alan Campos 23 15 0 1 0
53 Ray Donaldson* 38 C 16 16 0 2 0 -3 0
48 Daryl Johnston 30 FB 16 15 0 1 1 0 0
20 Sherman Williams 23 rb 16 1 0 2 0 0 0
86 Eric Bjornson 25 TE 14 10 0 1 0 0 0
88 Michael Irvin 30 WR 11 11 0 1 0 0 0
83 Kelvin Martin 31 PR 16 1 0 1 0 0 0
34 Herschel Walker 34 KR 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.9 16 37.0 19 168 0 24 0 16 24 19 72 1 653 170
Opp Total 16 19 26 12 1

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
18 Chris Boniol 25 K 16 0 24 32 120
22 Emmitt Smith 27 RB 15 15 12 3 15 90
86 Eric Bjornson 25 TE 14 10 3 3 1 20
88 Michael Irvin 30 WR 11 11 2 2 1 14
21 Deion Sanders*+ 29 RCB/wr 16 15 1 1 2 12
8 Troy Aikman* 30 QB 15 15 1 1 6
48 Daryl Johnston 30 FB 16 15 1 1 6
83 Kelvin Martin 31 PR 16 1 1 1 6
34 Herschel Walker 34 KR 16 1 1 1 6
85 Kevin Williams 25 WR 10 9 1 1 6
Team Total 27.9 16 14 12 1 27 2 24 32 286
Opp Total 16 10 10 2 1 20 28 1 250

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1996-09-08 NYG W, 27-0 1 8 pass Deion Sanders 8 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Chris Boniol kick)
2 1996-09-08 NYG W, 27-0 1 19 pass Kevin Williams 19 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Chris Boniol kick)
3 1996-09-08 NYG W, 27-0 2 5 pass Emmitt Smith 5 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Chris Boniol kick)
4 1996-09-15 IND L, 24-25 1 5 pass Daryl Johnston 5 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Chris Boniol kick)
5 1996-09-15 IND L, 24-25 2 22 fumble Deion Sanders 22 yard fumble return (Chris Boniol kick)
6 1996-09-15 IND L, 24-25 2 2 rush Emmitt Smith 2 yard rush (Chris Boniol kick)
7 1996-09-22 @ BUF L, 7-10 4 2 rush Emmitt Smith 2 yard rush (Chris Boniol kick)
8 1996-09-30 @ PHI W, 23-19 1 5 pass Eric Bjornson 5 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Chris Boniol kick)
9 1996-09-30 @ PHI W, 23-19 2 5 rush Emmitt Smith 5 yard rush (Chris Boniol kick)
10 1996-10-13 ARI W, 17-3 3 3 rush Emmitt Smith 3 yard rush (Chris Boniol kick)
11 1996-10-13 ARI W, 17-3 4 13 rush Emmitt Smith 13 yard rush (Chris Boniol kick)
12 1996-10-20 ATL W, 32-28 1 9 pass Emmitt Smith 9 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Chris Boniol kick)
13 1996-10-20 ATL W, 32-28 2 1 rush Emmitt Smith 1 yard rush (Chris Boniol kick)
14 1996-10-20 ATL W, 32-28 3 3 rush Emmitt Smith 3 yard rush (Michael Irvin pass from Troy Aikman)
15 1996-10-20 ATL W, 32-28 4 60 pass Kelvin Martin 60 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Chris Boniol kick)
16 1996-10-27 @ MIA W, 29-10 3 4 pass Eric Bjornson 4 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Chris Boniol kick)
17 1996-10-27 @ MIA W, 29-10 3 2 pass Michael Irvin 2 yard pass from Troy Aikman
18 1996-10-27 @ MIA W, 29-10 4 10 pass Emmitt Smith 10 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Chris Boniol kick)
19 1996-11-03 PHI L, 21-31 1 1 rush Emmitt Smith 1 yard rush (Chris Boniol kick)
20 1996-11-03 PHI L, 21-31 4 7 rush Emmitt Smith 7 yard rush (Eric Bjornson pass from Troy Aikman)
21 1996-11-10 @ SFO W, 20-17 2 3 rush Troy Aikman 3 yard rush (Chris Boniol kick)
22 1996-11-10 @ SFO W, 20-17 4 6 pass Eric Bjornson 6 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Chris Boniol kick)
23 1996-11-28 WAS W, 21-10 2 4 rush Emmitt Smith 4 yard rush (Chris Boniol kick)
24 1996-11-28 WAS W, 21-10 3 4 rush Emmitt Smith 4 yard rush (Chris Boniol kick)
25 1996-11-28 WAS W, 21-10 4 3 rush Emmitt Smith 3 yard rush (Chris Boniol kick)
26 1996-12-08 @ ARI W, 10-6 3 50 pass Michael Irvin 50 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Chris Boniol kick)
27 1996-12-22 @ WAS L, 10-37 4 39 rush Herschel Walker 39 yard rush (Chris Boniol kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1996-09-02 @ CHI W, 22-6 2 33 pass Raymont Harris 33 yard pass from Curtis Conway (Carlos Huerta kick)
2 1996-09-02 @ CHI W, 22-6 4 0 fumble Bryan Cox 0 yard fumble return (pass failed)
3 1996-09-15 IND W, 25-24 3 48 pass Marcus Pollard 48 yard pass from Jim Harbaugh (Cary Blanchard kick)
4 1996-09-15 IND W, 25-24 3 8 pass Ken Dilger 8 yard pass from Jim Harbaugh (pass failed)
5 1996-09-22 @ BUF W, 10-7 1 2 rush Thurman Thomas 2 yard rush (Steve Christie kick)
6 1996-09-30 @ PHI L, 19-23 1 2 rush Ricky Watters 2 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
7 1996-09-30 @ PHI L, 19-23 3 32 interception Rhett Hall 32 yard interception return (Gary Anderson kick)
8 1996-10-20 ATL L, 28-32 2 1 rush Bobby Hebert 1 yard rush (run failed)
9 1996-10-20 ATL L, 28-32 3 4 pass Bert Emanuel 4 yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Morten Andersen kick)
10 1996-10-27 @ MIA L, 10-29 2 16 pass Stanley Pritchett 16 yard pass from Dan Marino (Joe Nedney kick)
11 1996-11-03 PHI W, 31-21 1 5 rush Ricky Watters 5 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
12 1996-11-03 PHI W, 31-21 2 6 rush Ty Detmer 6 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
13 1996-11-03 PHI W, 31-21 3 14 pass Irving Fryar 14 yard pass from Ty Detmer (Gary Anderson kick)
14 1996-11-03 PHI W, 31-21 4 90 lateral Troy Vincent 90 yard lateral return (Gary Anderson kick)
15 1996-11-10 @ SFO L, 17-20 1 29 pass Iheanyi Uwaezuoke 29 yard pass from Steve Young (Jeff Wilkins kick)
16 1996-11-10 @ SFO L, 17-20 4 27 rush Terry Kirby 27 yard rush (Jeff Wilkins kick)
17 1996-11-18 GNB L, 6-21 4 3 pass Derrick Mayes 3 yard pass from Brett Favre (pass failed)
18 1996-11-24 @ NYG W, 20-6 2 54 fumble Tito Wooten 54 yard fumble return (Brad Daluiso kick)
19 1996-11-24 @ NYG W, 20-6 4 4 pass Brian Kozlowski 4 yard pass from Dave Brown (Brad Daluiso kick)
20 1996-11-28 WAS L, 10-21 3 26 pass Leslie Shepherd 26 yard pass from Gus Frerotte (Scott Blanton kick)
21 1996-12-22 @ WAS W, 37-10 2 1 rush Terry Allen 1 yard rush (Scott Blanton kick)
22 1996-12-22 @ WAS W, 37-10 3 2 rush Terry Allen 2 yard rush (Scott Blanton kick)
23 1996-12-22 @ WAS W, 37-10 4 6 rush Terry Allen 6 yard rush (Scott Blanton kick)
24 1996-12-22 @ WAS W, 37-10 4 4 rush Stephen Davis 4 yard rush (Scott Blanton kick)