50 Seasons Series: 1960 Regular Season, Part 2
This post is part of the 50 Seasons in 50 Weeks Series.
Below are summaries of the six games played in the second half of the 1960 season.
Please click here for the summaries of games 1 through 6.
Week 7: November 6, 1960
Los Angeles Rams 38, Dallas 13
Frank Ryan, who later led the Cleveland Browns to a NFL
Championship, threw three touchdown passes as the Cowboys suffered
another blowout loss. The more significant aspect of this game was it
featured the debut of Don Meredith as starting quarterback. He
struggled, to say the least, as the Cowboys completed only nine passes
for 75 yards and suffered three interceptions. Rookie fullback Walt
Kowalczyk put in the best performance of the day, rushing for 91 yards
and a touchdown.
Week 8: November 13, 1960
Green Bay 41, Dallas 7
Tom Landry turned to Don Heinrich as the starter in week 8 of the
1960 season, but he fared no better than Meredith or Eddie LeBaron. The
Cowboys had no answer for the Green Bay ground attack, which gained 165
yards. Jim Taylor had three touchdowns. Dallas did not score until
midway through the fourth quarter, when Meredith hit Kowalczyk on a
14-yard touchdown pass.
Week 9: November 20, 1960
San Francisco 26, Dallas 14
The Cowboys could not hold on to a 14-9 fourth quarter lead,
giving up 17 late points and falling 26-14 to the 49ers. About 10,000
Cotton Bowl fans saw the longest play of the 1960 season when LeBaron
hit Frank Clarke on a 76-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that
gave Dallas the 14-9 lead. However, on the ensuing drive, San Francisco
quarterback John Brodie drove the 49ers into Dallas territory, and
running back C. R. Roberts put the 49ers on top for good with a 20-yard
touchdown run. Dallas fumbled on two consecutive kickoff returns, and
San Francisco was able to put the game away with 10 more points.
Week 10: November 27, 1960
Chicago 17, Dallas 7
The “stubborn, luckless” Cowboys fell behind 14-0 in the first
half to the Bears, who gained a total of 221 yards on the ground.
Dallas cut the lead to 14-7 when Heinrich hit running back Don
McIlhenny on a 64-yard catch-and-run. However, in the fourth quarter,
the Cowboys turned the ball over deep in their own territory when a
punt took a crazy bounce and hit safety Bill Butler. Chicago converted
the turnover by kicking a field goal, which put the game out of reach.
Week 11: December 4, 1960
Dallas 31, N.Y. Giants 31
In what Tex Schramm later described as the Cowboys’ Super Bowl for
the 1960 season, Dallas managed a 31-31 tie with Landry’s old team, the
Giants. Eddie LeBaron played the entire game, completing 17 of 35
passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns, including an 11-yarder to
Billy Howton with 2:37 remaining. Running back L.G. Dupre also had a
good game, catching two touchdown passes from LeBaron and running for
Week 12: December 11, 1960
Detroit 23, Dallas 14
The Cowboys played their final game of the 1960 season at Briggs
Stadium in Detroit. Lion running back Nick Pietrosante scored on
touchdown runs of 43 and 40 yards in the first half, giving Detroit a
16-7 lead. Dallas was unable to make a dent in the lead in the second
half and lost for the eleventh time.
Final Synopsis of the 1960 Season
The 1960 Cowboys had chances to make strides, but nearly all of the
newspaper accounts of those games note that Dallas was prone to make
mistakes. The Cowboys scored 14 or fewer points in five of their last
six games and in nine of their games during the season. On the other
hand, the team stayed in several of their games until late, which was a