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1999 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1999 Dallas Cowboys season would mark their 40th in the NFL.

1999 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Chan Gailey
Home field Texas Stadium
Record 8–8
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings) 27–10
Previous season      Next season
< 1998      2000 >

Hall of Fame Game

  • Cleveland Browns 20, Dallas Cowboys 17 (Overtime) [1]

Regular season

The season would begin at Washington with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over the hated division rival Washington Redskins. After trailing by three touchdowns in the second half, free agent acquisition Rocket Ismail would pay immediate dividends for the team by hauling in the winning touchdown catch in overtime while Troy Aikman would throw for a franchise record five touchdowns in a single game (since matched by Tony Romo).

The team would start out strong with a 3–0 record, but a week 4 injury to wide receiver Michael Irvin against the Philadelphia Eagles eventually forced him into retirement. Afterwards, Dallas would struggle down the stretch as age and injury would begin to take its toll. The team would again make the playoffs despite an 8–8 season, but would lose once more in the first round to the Minnesota Vikings. Despite leading the team to consecutive playoff berths and seemingly re-igniting the Dallas offense, owner Jerry Jones would fire head coach Chan Gailey after the season.

Notable additions to the team was fan favorite linebacker Dat Nguyen, the only (to date) Vietnamese-American to play in the NFL.

This marked the final season for future hall-of-famer Michael Irvin and longtime Cowboys fullback Daryl "Moose" Johnston. Irvin and Johnston both suffered season ending (and as it turned out career ending) injuries early in the season. Irvin was the last Cowboys player to have played for Tom Landry.

The annual Thanksgiving Day game featured the return of former head coach Jimmy Johnson to Texas Stadium as Dolphins head coach. It was the only game Johnson ever coached in Texas Stadium as a visiting coach. The Cowboys won, 20-0.


Week Date TV Time Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1999 FOX 1:00 et at Washington Redskins W 41–35
2 September 20, 1999 ABC 9:00 et Atlanta Falcons W 24–7
3 Bye
4 October 3, 1999 FOX 1:00 et Arizona Cardinals W 35–7
5 October 10, 1999 FOX 1:00 et at Philadelphia Eagles L 13–10
6 October 18, 1999 ABC 9:00 et at New York Giants L 13–10
7 October 24, 1999 FOX 1:00 et Washington Redskins W 38–20
8 October 31, 1999 FOX 4:00 et at Indianapolis Colts L 34–24
9 November 8, 1999 ABC 9:00 et at Minnesota Vikings L 27–17
10 November 14, 1999 FOX 4:00 et Green Bay Packers W 27–13
11 November 21, 1999 FOX 4:00 et at Arizona Cardinals L 13–9
12 November 25, 1999 CBS 4:00 et Miami Dolphins W 20–0
13 December 5, 1999 ESPN 8:30 et at New England Patriots L 13–6
14 December 12, 1999 FOX 1:00 et Philadelphia Eagles W 20–10
15 December 19, 1999 CBS 4:00 et New York Jets L 22–21
16 December 24, 1999 FOX 4:00 et at New Orleans Saints L 31–24
17 January 2, 2000 FOX 4:00 et New York Giants W 26–18


NFC East
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 443 377
Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 .500 352 276
New York Giants 7 9 0 .438 299 358
Arizona Cardinals 6 10 0 .375 245 382
Philadelphia Eagles 5 11 0 .313 272 357


Dallas Cowboys 1999 roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • 48
  • 88

Rookies in italics
51 Active, 2 Inactive

Awards and records


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