Dallas Cowboys: 5 Most Thrilling Comebacks in Cowboys History
Greatness is defined by Merriam-Webster as remarkable in magnitude and large in number.
When fans of the National Football League usually think of great comeback games, contest such as the Oilers and Bills or the infamous “the Bears are who we thought they were” game when the Cardinals gave up a pretty large lead to the eventual NFC champion Chicago Bears.
There is a certain level of greatness in each comeback, and sometimes it's like watching poetry in motion when it happens.
The Dallas Cowboys have participated in their fair share of comeback games. Within their history, there are players like Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Don Meredith, so there is bound to be a few great comeback games in their history.
Let’s take a look at the Cowboys' most thrilling comebacks.
Cowboys vs. 49ers, 1972
The birth of Captain Comeback happened against the 49ers in this 1972 NFC divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park.
With the ‘Boys trailing 28-13 in the fourth quarter, Cowboys head coach Tom Landry decided to make a change at quarterback.
The legendary Cowboys coach pulled starter Craig Morton in favor of the nimble Staubach.
Roger led the ‘Boys back by tossing two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, both coming within the last minute and 30 seconds of the game.
For NFL history buffs this game was the birth of a legend and adds to the Cowboys lore.
For plain ‘ol Dallas Cowboys fans this is proof that Dallas is one of the league’s best franchises.
Cowboys vs. Vikings, 1975
The infamous “Hail Mary” game featured the greatness of Roger Staubach.
The Cowboys were trailing by four points to the Vikings late in the fourth quarter of this NFC divisional playoff game. Staubach marched the ‘Boys to midfield with about 24 ticks left on the clock.
Roger knew something had drastic had to happen for the team to win, and he got his wish.
Staubach led his team to the line, called hike, dropped back, pump-faked to Cowboys receiver Golden Richards and found Drew Pearson singled up against Vikings cornerback Nate Wright.
Roger sent up a prayer right before he released the pigskin from his hand, and the rest is Cowboys history. Pearson caught the ball, without interference, slid into the end zone and the Cowboys eventually won, 17-14.
To this day, Vikings fans will say that Pearson pushed off on Wright, but Bryon Russell is still saying the same thing about Michael Jordan, isn’t he?
Cowboys vs. Redskins, 1979
Noticing a trend here? Captain Comeback is really real, and in the 70s, he carried the weight of an entire state’s hunger and thirst for a championship on his shoulders.
Staubach was and still is the greatest Cowboys quarterback ever to many fans, no matter the argument or conversation.
In 1979, Roger hung his cleats up for good, but not before giving the Cowboys fans one last great show.
Dallas was down 34-21 late in the fourth quarter when the Cowboys defense caused a key turnover, and Roger went to work.
The Cowboys recovered a Redskins fumble, and soon after, Staubach connected with wide receiver Ron Springs for a 26-yard touchdown. ‘Boys are only down by six.
The captain drove Dallas 75 yards down the field as he hooked up with receiver Tony Hill for an eight-yard touchdown pass for a 35-34 victory over the hated Redskins.
Staubach’s legacy as the comeback king was already set in stone, but he gave the Cowboys fans one last show for the road.
Cowboys vs. Bills, 2007
Romo threw four first-half interceptions with two of them being returned for touchdowns. The Cowboys gave up a kick return for a touchdown and the Bills went up by eight at one point in the game.
Romo threw his last interception in the fourth quarter as the Cowboys were still trailing, but he continued to chop wood. Tony kept throwing, and that’s what kept the ‘Boys in the ballgame.
Dallas was down by two with less than 30 seconds on the clock and Romo drove the Cowboys down the field to place them in field-goal range with two seconds left on the clock.
Cowboys kicker Nick Folk nailed a 53-yard field goal as time expired and Dallas pulled off the unthinkable that night. They were mistake-prone and downright sloppy, yet they still won.
Dallas beat the Bills, 25-24.
Cowboys vs. Falcons, 1980
Tony Romo is most often compared to Danny White because of White’s inability to get the ‘Boys to the promised land. White was a talented quarterback, but some thought he lacked something on the field to lead the Cowboys to the Super Bowl.
Back in 1980, White’s legend grew one cold afternoon at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium.
It was another divisional playoff game where the Cowboys had to dig down and pull off a great comeback victory to advance.
With less than two minutes left in the game, the Cowboys trailed the Falcons 27-24 as they started their game-winning drive on their own 29-yard line.
White drove the Cowboys down the field and connected with receiver Drew Pearson for the game-winning touchdown as the Cowboys took a three-point lead with 42 seconds remaining.
Atlanta was unable to move the ball past their own 25-yard line on their next possession as the Cowboys defense stopped them and sealed an important victory for the team and for Danny White.