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1980 Dallas Cowboys season


1980 Dallas Cowboys season

1980 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Tom Landry
General manager Tex Schramm
Home field Texas Stadium
Record 12–4
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Conference Championship
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The 1980 Dallas Cowboys season was their 21st in the league. The team improved their previous output of 11–5, winning twelve games.[1] They qualified for the playoffs as an NFC Wild Card, but lost in the Conference Championship.

The season featured a very unusual end to the regular season. Going into the final week of the season, Dallas (at 11–4) played Philadelphia (12–3) at Texas Stadium. Under the NFL's tiebreaking rules, if Dallas could beat the Eagles by 25 points, they would earn the NFC's number one seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. However, if they lost (or won by less than 25) then Philadelphia would get the number one seed and (since they played in the same division) Dallas would be a wildcard team. Dallas led 35–10 in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles rallied to lose only 35–27. This forced Dallas to play an extra week in the playoffs and a road game in Atlanta in the divisional round. Dallas ultimately lost at Philadelphia in the NFC Championship game.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 8, 1980 at Washington Redskins W 17–3
2 September 14, 1980 at Denver Broncos L 41–20
3 September 21, 1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 28–17
4 September 28, 1980 at Green Bay Packers W 28–7
5 October 5, 1980 New York Giants W 24–3
6 October 12, 1980 San Francisco 49ers W 59–14
7 October 19, 1980 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–10
8 October 26, 1980 San Diego Chargers W 42–31
9 November 2, 1980 at St. Louis Cardinals W 27–24
10 November 9, 1980 at New York Giants L 38–35
11 November 16, 1980 St. Louis Cardinals W 31–21
12 November 23, 1980 Washington Redskins W 14–10
13 November 27, 1980 Seattle Seahawks W 51–7
14 December 7, 1980 at Oakland Raiders W 19–13
15 December 15, 1980 at Los Angeles Rams L 38–14
16 December 21, 1980 Philadelphia Eagles W 35–27

Game summaries

Week 16

1 234Total
Eagles 0 01017 27
• Cowboys 7 1477 35



Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wild Card December 28, 1980 Los Angeles Rams W 34–13
Division January 4, 1981 at Atlanta Falcons W 30–27
Conference January 11, 1981 at Philadelphia Eagles L 20–7



Dallas Cowboys 1980 roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
45 Active, 0 Inactive


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