1999 Review: The Last Time the Cowboys Opened a Season at Washington…

In an unforgettable game, the Cowboys erased a 35-14 deficit at Washington and won the game when Troy Aikman hit Rocket Ismail on a 76-yard touchdown pass in overtime.

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1999 Review: Cowboys Bank on Tar Heel DEs and a Rocket

The Cowboys tried to take pressure off of Michael Irvin by signing Rocket Ismail in 1999. For the second straight year, the team also picked a defensive end from North Carolina.

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1998 Review: No More Glory

The Cardinals walked into Texas Stadium on January 2, 1999 and won their first playoff game in 51 years. The Cowboys at that point looked nothing like the team of the 1990s.

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1998 Review: Cowboys Win NFC East Once Again

The Cowboys jumped out to a 8-3 record and managed to hold on to secure their sixth NFC East title in seven years.

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1998 Review: New Coach, New Offensive System, New Draft Strategy

Jerry Jones hired Chan Gailey to take over as the Cowboys’ head coach in 1998, then decided to pass on a receiver from Marshall to take North Carolina defensive end Greg Ellis in the first round of the draft.

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1997 Review: A Great Era Comes to a Crashing Halt

The Cowboys had trouble on offense for most of the 1997 season, relying on field goals instead of touchdowns. The team’s 3-1 start was little more than a mirage, as the Cowboys suffered their first losing season since 1990.

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1997 Review: Age and Free Agency Accelerate the Cowboys’ Decline

By 1997, the Cowboys were holding on to the hope that the core of the team was strong enough to make another push for the title. The reality was that the franchise had already declined significantly.

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1996 Review: Even More Distractions at Season’s End

The Cowboys entered the 1996 playoffs without defensive tackle Leon Lett. A win over Minnesota improved the Cowboys’ hopes, but the team could not avoid even more distractions before losing to the upstart Panthers.

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1996 Review: Cowboys Overcome 1-3 Start to Win NFC East Again

The Cowboys stumbled to a 1-3 start in 1996, and the season appeared headed for disaster. But Dallas rebounded at Philadelphia and turned everything around to win the NFC East for a fifth consecutive season.

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1996 Review: Let the Era of Distractions Begin!

The Cowboys suffered through a long offseason in 1996 as they prepared to go for their fourth Super Bowl title in five years.

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