Puzzle Trivia: Creating Turnovers in a Playoff Loss

Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the Cowboys have gone 14-9 during divisional round playoff games. The team’s first loss in the division round occurred in 1976.

The team’s first loss in the division round occurred in 1976. The 11-3 Cowboys hosted the 10-3-1 Rams at Texas Stadium.

Dallas had a 10-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Rams regained the lead and held on for a 14-12 win. The lack of a running game prompted the Cowboys to trade for a draft pick that allowed them to select Tony Dorsett.

One Dallas player during that 1976 playoff loss recorded two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Who was it?

The picture below is not from the game in question but provides the answer.

  • Tim Truemper

    Hey Have been away from making comments for awhile but will start to be a better audience member. I knew right away it was Charlie Waters. One of my favorites. Used to play in a very competitive flag football league with lots of former college football players and wore # 41 in his honor. To me, he was a better DB than Cliff Harris and was the QB of the defense (Landry’s opinion as well). Really hated his injuries affected his career and was sorry when his time was up.

  • dodger71

    Glad to see you back, Tim. I’m sorry for such a long delay in replying.

    Waters was indeed a great player–especially in the playoffs. He finished his career with nine postseason interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

    The answer to the question might surprise you, though. Although Waters had an interception against the Rams in 1976, Bennie Barnes had two along with a fumble recovery.