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1994 Dallas Cowboys season

1994 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Barry Switzer
Home field Texas Stadium
Record 12–4
Division place 1st NFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 35–9
Lost Conference Championship (at 49ers) 38–28
Previous season      Next season
< 1993      1995 >

The 1994 Dallas Cowboys season would mark their 35th in the NFL. Following their second Super Bowl title, the Cowboys would see a multitude of changes. In March, months of frustration finally reached its climax as team owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jimmy Johnson held a press conference and announced Johnson's resignation. Jones would later hire former Oklahoma Sooners head coach and personal friend Barry Switzer to be the third head coach in franchise history. After a continue run of dominance in the regular season and finishing with a record of 12–4, the Cowboys fell short of a record third straight Super Bowl title with a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game. The 1994 Cowboys draft yielded only one notable addition to the team, offensive guard Larry Allen and veteran linebacker Ken Norton Jr. left the team to sign with San Francisco.

This season was also the 75th anniversary of the NFL and was designated by a diamond shaped patch worn on the left breast of every NFL team's uniform. The Cowboys celebrated the league's history by donning their inaugural white jerseys from the 1960–1963 seasons against the Detroit Lions. The team also later debuted a special white "Double-Star" jersey on Thanksgiving Day 1994. These uniforms celebrated the Cowboys most recent back-to-back Super bowl titles in the 1992 and 1993 seasons and were used in most of the Cowboys' remaining games of the season including the playoffs.

Regular season

In an attempt to be the first NFL franchise to "Three-Peat" Super Bowls, the Dallas Cowboys were off to a strong start under new head coach Barry Switzer. However dominant, the team was fielded with injuries to many key starters. The most notable injuries were a near fatal car accident to tackle Erik Williams and a nagging hamstring strain to running back Emmitt Smith. The season also saw the brief emergence of back-up quarterback Jason Garrett as he led a comeback victory against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day by leading the Cowboys to score 36 points in the second half.[1] Offensive coordinator Norv Turner also departed to become head coach of the rival Washington Redskins and was replaced by veteran offensive assistant Ernie Zampese. Dallas still managed to finish the regular season posting a 12–4 record and defeated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional game at Texas Stadium. They would later travel to Candlestick Park to face the San Francisco 49ers for the third straight time in as many years for the NFC Championship Game. Down 21 points in the first quarter, the Cowboys fought back valiantly, but fell short, 28–38.


Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
at Pittsburgh Steelers 26 9 W FOX 3:00pm
Houston Oilers 20 17 W NBC 3:00pm
Detroit Lions 17 20 (OT) L ABC 8:00pm
at Washington Redskins 34 7 W FOX 12:00pm
Arizona Cardinals 38 3 W FOX 3:00pm
Philadelphia Eagles 24 13 W FOX 3:00pm
at Arizona Cardinals 28 21 W FOX 3:00pm
at Cincinnati Bengals 23 20 W FOX 12:00pm
New York Giants 38 10 W ABC 8:00pm
at San Francisco 49ers 14 21 L FOX 3:00pm
Washington Redskins 31 7 W FOX 12:00pm
Green Bay Packers 42 31 W FOX 3:00pm
at Philadelphia Eagles 31 19 W FOX 12:00pm
Cleveland Browns 14 19 L NBC 3:00pm
at New Orleans Saints 24 16 W ABC 8:00pm
at New York Giants 10 15 L FOX 12:00pm


NFC East
Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 414 248 L1
New York Giants 9 7 0 .563 279 305 W6
Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 .500 235 267 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 308 308 L7
Washington Redskins 3 13 0 .188 320 412 W1

Throwback weekend games

  • Dallas: 9/19 (Det)


Dallas Cowboys 1994 roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
52 Active, 0 Inactive

Awards and records

External Links

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