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1963 Dallas Cowboys season


1963 Dallas Cowboys season

1963 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Tom Landry
Home field Cotton Bowl
Record 4–10
Division place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
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< 1962      1964 >

The 1963 Dallas Cowboys season was their fourth in the league. The Cowboys became the only professional football team in Dallas, when the Texans of the AFL announced their move to Kansas City. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 5–8–1, winning only four games.[1] The Cowboys didn't qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 14, 1963 St. Louis Cardinals L 34–7
2 September 22, 1963 Cleveland Browns L 41–24
3 September 29, 1963 at Washington Redskins L 21–17
4 October 6, 1963 at Philadelphia Eagles L 24–21
5 October 13, 1963 Detroit Lions W 17–14
6 October 20, 1963 at New York Giants L 37–21
7 October 27, 1963 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 27–21
8 November 3, 1963 Washington Redskins W 35–20
9 November 10, 1963 at San Francisco 49ers L 31–24
10 November 17, 1963 Philadelphia Eagles W 27–20
11 November 24, 1963 at Cleveland Browns L 27–17
12 December 1, 1963 New York Giants L 34–27
13 December 8, 1963 Pittsburgh Steelers L 24–19
14 December 15, 1963 at St. Louis Cardinals W 28–24


NFL Eastern
New York Giants 11 3 0 .786 448 280 W-3
Cleveland Browns 10 4 0 .714 343 262 W-1
St. Louis Cardinals 9 5 0 .643 341 283 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 4 3 .636 321 295 L-1
Dallas Cowboys 4 10 0 .286 305 378 W-1
Washington Redskins 3 11 0 .214 279 398 L-3
Philadelphia Eagles 2 10 2 .167 242 381 L-2

Season recap

The Cowboys were expecting to turn their fortunes around and have a good year, but won only 3 of their first 10 games. The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, stands out as a pivotal moment in the season. Not only was the nation's psyche impacted by this event, but also the image of the city of Dallas was tarnished. On November 24, just two days after this historic event, the NFL decided to play its normal schedule of games, with the Cowboys traveling to face the Cleveland Browns. On game day when the team was introduced, the public address announcer would not say the Dallas Cowboys, they were just the Cowboys. The crowd also vented their frustration and pain at the players during the contest. The Cowboys lost that day 17-27 and would go on to have only one more win in the remaining 3 games.

On Sept. 29, 1963, Billy Howton became the NFL's all-time receiving leader, breaking Don Hutson's record for career receptions and receiving yards. He retired at the end of the year, after playing in 12 seasons with 503 catches, 8,459 yards and 61 touchdowns.


Dallas Cowboys 1963 roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
41 Active, 0 Inactive


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