Winning the Turnover Battle but Losing the Game

Week after week, the Cowboys are finding new ways to accomplish the improbable.

Blow a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter for the first time in franchise history? Done.

Blow a 24-point lead in the second half? Done.

What the Cowboys did yesterday was not a first in franchise history, but it is rare. The Cowboys forced four turnovers and only committed two. That marks the 98th time in franchise history that the Cowboys have forced at least four turnovers and committed two or less.

The Dallas record in those games: 91-7.

In most of the seven games that Dallas lost, the opposing team outgained the Cowboys. In yesterday’s game, the Cowboys not only won the turnover battle but also outgained the Patriots by seven yards.

Here is a summary of the seven losses:

Nov. 28, 1965: Washington 34, Dallas 31

Turnovers: Washington 6, Dallas 2.

Yards: Washington 415, Dallas 284

October 17, 1976: St. Louis Cardinals 21, Dallas 17

Turnovers: St. Louis 4, Dallas 1

Yards: St. Louis 436, Dallas 380

October 1, 1989: N.Y. Giants 30, Dallas 13

Turnovers: New York 5, Dallas 2

Yards: New York 342, Dallas 288

November 25, 1993: Miami 16, Dallas 14

Turnovers: Miami 4, Dallas 2

Yards: Miami 382, Dallas 293

September 7, 1997: Arizona 25, Dallas 22 (OT)

Turnovers: Arizona 4, Dallas 1

Yards: Dallas 327, Arizona 286

October 25, 2010: New York Giants 41, Dallas 35

Turnovers: New York 5, Dallas 2

Yards: New York 497, Dallas 254

October 16, 2011: New England 20, Dallas 16

Turnovers: New England 4, Dallas 2

Yards: Dallas 377, New England 371