A Way to Relive Two Painful Memories from the 1970s

Thanks to a fan of the former Los Angeles Rams, fans of the Dallas Cowboys who lived during the 1970s can relive two of their more painful memories.

Between 1975 and 1979, the Cowboys compiled an overall record of 56-18 and appeared in three Super Bowls. The number of Super Bowls may have been greater had the Cowboys not lost two games at Texas Stadium.

By two points.

In each game.

First, the Cowboys in 1976 went 11-3  and had to face the Rams in the divisional round of the playoffs. Dallas had demolished Los Angeles in the NFC Championship Game in 1975. However, the lack of an effective rushing game haunted the Cowboys, and they fell 14-12. While trailing 14-10, the Cowboys had moved Ram territory, but Roger Staubach could not come up with the touchdown. The reason the game ended up at 14-12 was because the Rams took a safety as time expired.

Here’s a clip showing the end of the game:

Three years later, the Cowboys again had home field advantage against the Rams. And as was the case in 1976, the Cowboys had demolished the Rams at the L.A. Coliseum the year before in the NFC title game. But thanks to a [comment removed by author because we don’t use certain language around here even if the author does generally] receiver named Billy Waddy, Dallas once again came up two points short.

In a sad moment for most eight-year-olds (well, all ages for that matter), Roger Staubach was unable to move his team into field goal range with less than two minutes left. Dallas faced a 3rd and 10 from its own 33. Staubach tried to complete what looked like a screen pass, but it went to guard Herbert Scott. On 4th and 20, Staubach’s attempt to hit Drew Pearson failed. That marked the end of the Staubach era in Dallas.

Here’s a clip showing Staubach’s final drive: