Great Moment in Dallas Cowboys History: Clinching the NFC East in 1973

The year 1973 was not a great one in Dallas Cowboys history, but it is notable for a few reasons.

It was the last time that the old guard from the late 1960s reached the playoffs. That team still featured the likes of Bob Lilly, Bob Hayes, Walt Garrison, Calvin Hill, and Cornell Green.

Some new blood had arrived at that point, most notably in the form of rookie wide receiver Drew Pearson and rookie tight end Billy Joe DuPree.

Dallas entered the final game of the season with a 9-4 record. The Cowboys had defeated Washington in week 13, and win over the Cardinals in week 14 would give Dallas the NFC East title.

Here is a video from that game:

Pearson had a huge game with 140 yards and two touchdown reception. It marked the first time he had gained more than 100 receiving yards.

Dallas moved on to defeat the Rams in the NFC playoffs before losing to Minnesota in the NFC Championship Game.

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Dallas Cowboys Schedule Has Its Rough Spots

There’s really no such thing as an easy NFL¬†schedule, but the Dallas Cowboys 2012 schedule could be worse.

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The Dallas Cowboys schedule in 2012 has rough spots. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Cowboys’ schedule is tied for the 11th most difficult. The team’s opponents had a combined record of 129-127 in 2011, with seven of those teams winning at least nine games.

Dallas opens the season with two road games at the Giants and at Seattle before returning home to host Tampa Bay and Chicago. The team’s bye comes in week 5.

Dallas then has a tough stretch, facing Baltimore, Carolina, the Giants, Atlanta, and Philadelphia in five consecutive weeks.

The Cowboys play the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day. It marks the seventh time that Dallas and Washington have faced off on Thanksgiving, and the first time since 2002.

Here is the schedule:

9/5 at N.Y. Giants (NBC, 7:30 p.m.)
9/16 at Seattle (Fox, 3:05 p.m.)
9/23 vs. Tampa Bay (Fox, Noon)
10/1 vs. Chicago (ESPN, 7:30 p.m.)

Week 5 – Bye

10/14 at Baltimore (Fox, Noon)
10/21 at Carolina (Fox, Noon)
10/28 vs. N.Y. Giants (Fox, 3:15 p.m.)
11/4 at Atlanta (NBC, 7:20 p.m.)
11/11 at Philadelphia (Fox, 3:15 p.m.)
11/18 vs. Cleveland (CBS, Noon)
11/22 vs. Washington (Fox, 3:15 p.m.)
12/2 vs. Philadelphia (NBC, 7:20 p.m.)
12/9 at Cincinnati (Fox, Noon)
12/16 vs. Pittsburgh (CBS, 3:15 p.m.)
12/23 vs. New Orleans (Fox, Noon)
12/30 at Washington (Fox, Noon)

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