Better Days (1977): Cowboys Come Back to Beat Cardinals in St. Louis

Harvey Martin and Randy White didn't dominate the Cardinals in 1977, but Martin did pick up a key sack in the fourth quarter.

For the first 28 years of the Cowboys’ existence, the team took an annual trip to St. Louis to face the Cardinals. Dallas dominated the series with St. Louis during that time, going 32-18-1 . However, Dallas had a more difficult time winning at either Sportsman’s Park (the first Busch Stadium) or Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium. In road games against the Cardinals, Dallas only managed a 14-11-1 record.

During the mid-1970s, the Cardinals had several strong teams and won three in a row at Busch Stadium against Dallas. The 1977 Cardinals were not as strong and headed into a week 4 matchup with Dallas with only a 1-2 record. On the other hand, the Cowboys were 3-0 and on their way to an 8-0 start.

Despite their struggles, the Cardinals gave the eventual Super Bowl champions a good game. When defensive tackle Charles Davis  returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown, St. Louis took a 24-16 lead.

Dallas cut the lead to 24-23 on a Tony Dorsett touchdown early in the fourth quarter. On the next drive, the Cardinals faced a 3rd-and-9 from their own 40. That is where the video below begins.

The touchdown pass from Staubach to occurred with 13:15 left in the game, but neither team was able to score again. Dallas held on for the 30-24 win.

The table below shows the Cowboys’ record on road games in St. Louis against the Cardinals.

Rk Tm Year ? Date Opp W# G# Day Result OT
1 DAL 1960 1960-10-23 @ STL 5 5 Sun L 10-12
2 DAL 1961 1961-12-10 @ STL 13 13 Sun L 13-31
3 DAL 1962 1962-12-09 @ STL 13 13 Sun L 20-52
4 DAL 1963 1963-12-15 @ STL 14 14 Sun W 28-24
5 DAL 1964 1964-10-25 @ STL 7 7 Sun W 31-13
6 DAL 1965 1965-10-04 @ STL 3 3 Mon L 13-20
7 DAL 1966 1966-10-16 @ STL 5 5 Sun T 10-10
8 DAL 1968 1968-10-06 @ STL 4 4 Sun W 27-10
9 DAL 1970 1970-10-04 @ STL 3 3 Sun L 7-20
10 DAL 1971 1971-11-07 @ STL 8 8 Sun W 16-13
11 DAL 1972 1972-12-03 @ STL 12 12 Sun W 27-6
12 DAL 1973 1973-12-16 @ STL 14 14 Sun W 30-3
13 DAL 1974 1974-10-13 @ STL 5 5 Sun L 28-31
14 DAL 1975 1975-12-07 @ STL 12 12 Sun L 17-31
15 DAL 1976 1976-10-17 @ STL 6 6 Sun L 17-21
16 DAL 1977 1977-10-09 @ STL 4 4 Sun W 30-24
17 DAL 1978 1978-10-15 @ STL 7 7 Sun W 24-21 OT
18 DAL 1979 1979-09-02 @ STL 1 1 Sun W 22-21
19 DAL 1980 1980-11-02 @ STL 9 9 Sun W 27-24
20 DAL 1981 1981-10-04 @ STL 5 5 Sun L 17-20
21 DAL 1982 1982-09-19 @ STL 2 2 Sun W 24-7
22 DAL 1983 1983-09-11 @ STL 2 2 Sun W 34-17
23 DAL 1984 1984-11-11 @ STL 11 11 Sun W 24-17
24 DAL 1985 1985-11-04 @ STL 9 9 Mon L 10-21
25 DAL 1986 1986-09-29 @ STL 4 4 Mon W 31-7
26 DAL 1987 1987-09-13 @ STL 1 1 Sun L 13-24
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/23/2010.

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Article by Matt Cordon

Blogging impatiently about the Cowboys since 2006. Being a fan since 1977 hasn't required quite as much patience.

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