This season would be the Cowboys' only postseason victory until 2009, and since their Super Bowl victory the previous season, the Cowboys had never advanced past the divisional round as of 2021. This would be Troy Aikman's final season with a postseason victory. Week 16 3.1.16 against.the. New. York. Giants.
It was also Roger Staubach's final game as a Cowboy. The following day, January 23, 1989, he announced his retirement at the age of 39. He finished with 33 victories in four seasons as Dallas' quarterback. It was also the last playoff win for the Giants under head coach Bill Parcells.
The Cowboys went on to lose to Staubach's former team, the 13-3 Philadelphia Eagles, in the Divisional Round. Wide receiver Michael Irvin suffered a knee injury during the loss and missed the entire 1989 season.
In 1990, the Cowboys returned to the playoffs as a wild card entry. They defeated the Washington Redskins 20-17 in overtime at home before losing to the Buffalo Bills 24-6 at home. After finishing with an 8-8 record, they lost in the first round of the 1991 NFL Playoffs to the New York Jets by a score of 28-21.
In 1992, the Cowboys entered the playoffs as the second seed in the NFC East behind Washington.
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Remaining schedule data is based on current records. Wins are counted first; then losses. Division winners are listed first; next, wild cards; followed by other teams tied for that spot. Teams are only responsible for themselves as it relates to making the playoffs. A team is eliminated after losing two consecutive games or no longer being eligible due to expansion or disqualification.
Here's how the season looks eight weeks from today: Dallas has a first-place record with four games left to play. Its division title is secure. But does its seed hold any water? The Cowboys have a mediocre record (12-10) against the rest of the N.F.L. South, and they'd need to win all their remaining games to lock up a top-four seed.
There's always hope for last place, but only if everyone else loses. The Cowboys have a decent chance of winning the West, but only if both Los Angeles and San Francisco lose every remaining game. That means Dallas would need to go 9-3 to make the playoffs as the sixth seed.
East Rutherford, N.J. (KXAN) — The Dallas Cowboys will not make the playoffs. With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Andy Dalton's interception effectively ruined Dallas' season in a 23-19 loss to the New York Giants.
The Giants took control of the game late in the third quarter when rookie running back Saquon Barkley scored his second touchdown of the day from five yards out to put New York up 17-7. Romo responded by hitting Brice Butler for three touchdowns in the final period of play.
Romo finished the game 25 of 39 for 334 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 51 yards and another score. He was not intercepted but did lose a fumble at some point during the game.
After the game, head coach Jason Garrett said Romo would start next week against Washington despite him playing just two quarters last night due to a hamstring injury he suffered early in the first half. "Boomer has been awesome all year long with what he's gone through," Garrett said. "He's battled back from injuries before and he'll do it again this year."
Giants quarterback Eli Manning agreed with his counterpart on how important it is for both quarterbacks to be able to bounce back after suffering injuries. "You can't dwell on those things," Manning said.
The Cowboys were considered to be done for, but they rose out of the NFC East pit by winning three straight games to give themselves a genuine shot at making the playoffs. The Cowboys' three-game winning run has hinged on their ability to win the turnover battle: Dallas has been plus-9 in turnovers since Week 14. In that same period, its opponents are minus-6.
In the first round, the No. 6 seed Cowboys will face the second-seeded Atlanta Falcons. The game is scheduled for Sunday, January 12th, at 8:15 p.m. EST on FOX.
Dallas is coming off a wild 34-31 victory over Washington in which it turned around a seven-point fourth quarter deficit with five minutes left on the clock to take control of the game. It was the second-to-last play of the game that made the biggest impact: With quarterback Dak Prescott under center and no timeouts remaining, the Cowboys faced a 4th-and-1 from their own 31-yard line. Instead of taking a knee and losing half their season's worth of points, Dallas went for it and succeeded when running back Ezekiel Elliott took the ball up the middle for a one-yard touchdown plunge with 33 seconds left on the clock to send the game into overtime.
Prescott finished the game 20-for-29 for 229 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 44 yards and a score.