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