1970 Dallas Cowboys

Expectations were high for the 1970 Dallas Cowboys but recent playoff failures seemed to loom over the team. The Cowboys won their division for the 4th year in a row with a 10-4 record. The Cowboys finished 10th in total offense and 4th in total defense. The Cowboys won their first 2 games of the year but then slumped by loosing 4 of their next 6 games. After a 38-0 Monday Night loss to the Cardinals, the Cowboys were only 5-4. The Cowboys finished strong by winning the final 5 regular season games and entered the NFL Playoffs on a hot streak. The 1970 Dallas Cowboys were led by QB Craig Morton who passed for 15 TDs. Rookie RB Duane Thomas led the team in rushing with 803 yards. Calvin Hill and Walt Garrison chipped in 500 each to give the Cowboy a potent 3 headed rushing attack. Bob Hayes continued to stretch the defense with his world class speed catching 10 TD passes. The Cowboys defense was led by All Pro Bob Lilly at DT. Chuck Howley at LB and Mel Renfro at cornerback.

The Cowboys entered the 1970 NFL Playoffs as one of the favorites to advance to the Super Bowl. The Cowboys faced the Detoit Lions in the first round at home in Dallas. The Cowboys got an early field goal from Mike Clark but didn’t score again until a safety in the 4th quarter. The Lions failed to score the entire game resulting an ugly 5-0 Cowboys victory. This was only the 2nd Cowboys playoff win in their short history.

The Cowboys faced the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game the following week in San Francisco. The 49ers scored first but the Cowboys scored the next 17 points to take a 17-3 lead. The 49ers scored just before the start of the 4th quarter to make it a close 17-10 ball game but neither scored in the 4th which gave the Cowboys a 17-10 win and the NFC Championship title. With this win, the Cowboys were advancing to their first Super Bowl.

The Cowboys faced off against the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V on Jan 17, 1971 in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The Cowboys scored the first 6 points off Mike Clark Field Goals. The Colts got a 75 yard pass from Johnny Unitas to John Mackey to take a 7-6 lead. The Cowboys Duane Thomas scored just before half to give the Cowboys a 13-7 lead at half. The Colts scored the only points in the 2nd half, the last being a 32 yard field goal with seconds remaining to give the Colts the win. The loss was even more disappointing to Cowboy fans because they had plenty of chances to win the game but turnovers at crucial times ended up costing them. For the 5th year in a row the Cowboys were sent home as next Years Champions.

The Cowboys found several key contributors in the 1970 NFL Draft. Their first pick Duane Thomas was a stud but only stared for the Cowboys for 2 seasons before being traded away. Charlie Waters in the 3rd round was eventually moved to safety where he helped anchor the secondary for the next decade. John Fitzgerald helped solidly the offense line for years to come and Pat Toomay added depth to the Doomsday Defense. A late pick, Mark Washington, was a backup in the Cowboys secondary for the next 10 years as well.

1970 Dallas Cowboys draft picks

Rnd Pos College/Univ
1 Duane Thomas RB West Texas A&M
2 Bob Asher T Vanderbilt
2 Margene Adkins WR
3 Charlie Waters DB Clemson
3 Steve Kiner LB Tennessee
3 Denton Fox DB Texas Tech
4 John Fitzgerald C Boston Col.
6 Pat Toomay DE Vanderbilt
7 Don Abbey LB Penn St.
8 Jerry Dossey G Arkansas
9 Zenon Andrusyshyn P UCLA
10 Pete Athas DB Tennessee
11 Ivan Southerland T Clemson
12 Joe Williams RB Wyoming
13 Mark Washington DB Morgan St.
14 Julian Martin WR North Carolina Central
15 Ken DeLong TE Tennessee
16 Seabern Hill DB Arizona St.
17 Glenn Patterson C Nebraska
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1970 Dallas Cowboys schedule and results

Score
Week Date Opp Tm Opp
1 September 20 W Philadelphia Eagles 17 7
2 September 27 W New York Giants 28 10
3 October 4 L St. Louis Cardinals 7 20
4 October 11 W Atlanta Falcons 13 0
5 October 18 L Minnesota Vikings 13 54
6 October 25 W Kansas City Chiefs 27 16
7 November 1 W Philadelphia Eagles 21 17
8 November 8 L New York Giants 20 23
9 November 16 L St. Louis Cardinals 0 38
10 November 22 W Washington Redskins 45 21
11 November 26 W Green Bay Packers 16 3
12 December 6 W Washington Redskins 34 0
13 December 12 W Cleveland Browns 6 2
14 December 20 W Houston Oilers 52 10
Playoffs
Division December 26 W Detroit Lions 5 0
ConfChamp January 3 W San Francisco 49ers 17 10
SuperBowl January 17 L Baltimore Colts 13 16
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1970 Dallas Cowboys roster

1970 Dallas Cowboys

No. Pos G GS College/Univ
26 Herb Adderley DB 14 0 Michigan St.
23 Margene Adkins WR 5 0 Henderson JC
66 George Andrie DE 14 0 Marquette
78 Bob Asher T-G 6 0 Vanderbilt
83 Mike Clark K 14 0 Texas A&M
63 Larry Cole DE-DT 10 10 Air Force,Houston,Hawaii
89 Mike Ditka TE 14 0 Pittsburgh
77 Ron East DT-DE 14 0 Montana St.,Oregon St.
52 Dave Edwards LB 13 0 Auburn
45 Richmond Flowers DB-WR 14 3 Tennessee
32 Walt Garrison RB 11 10 Oklahoma St.
34 Cornell Green DB 14 0 Utah St.
64 Halvor Hagen G-DE-T-C 6 0 Weber St.
43 Cliff Harris DB 11 5 Ouachita Baptist
22 Bob Hayes SE-WR 13 9 Florida A&M
35 Calvin Hill RB 12 9 Yale
24 Dennis Homan WR 10 5 Alabama
54 Chuck Howley+ LB 14 0 West Virginia
55 Lee Roy Jordan LB 14 0 Alabama
60 Steve Kiner LB 14 0 Tennessee
50 D.D. Lewis LB 12 0 Mississippi St.
74 Bob Lilly* DT-DE 14 0 TCU
72 Tony Liscio T-G 11 8 Tulsa
51 Dave Manders C 14 0 Michigan St.
14 Craig Morton QB 12 11 California
73 Ralph Neely T-G 14 10 Oklahoma
76 John Niland* G 14 0 Iowa
84 Pettis Norman TE-SE 14 0 Johnson C. Smith
61 Blaine Nye G 14 10 Stanford
75 Jethro Pugh DT-DE 14 0 Elizabeth City St.
30 Dan Reeves RB 14 0 South Carolina
20 Mel Renfro* DB-RB 14 0 Oregon
19 Lance Rentzel WR-FL 11 0 Oklahoma
88 Reggie Rucker WR 7 0 Boston Univ.
12 Roger Staubach QB 8 3 New Mex. Mil. Inst.,Navy
56 Thomas Stincic LB 14 0 Michigan
33 Duane Thomas RB 14 8 West Texas A&M
67 Pat Toomay DE 14 3 Vanderbilt
46 Mark Washington DB 14 0 Morgan St.
41 Charlie Waters DB 14 6 Clemson
42 Claxton Welch RB 8 0 Oregon
10 Ron Widby P 14 0 Tennessee
70 Rayfield Wright T-TE 14 0 Fort Valley St.
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