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Cowboys “worst moments” take center stage Thursday

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The team-by-team tour of the worst moments for each NFL franchise since the last work stoppage moves to Dallas on Thursday.

During the next episode of PFT Live, we’ll look at the Cowboys’ lowest points since 1987.

Feel free to make suggestions in the comments.  Especially if you’re a fan of the Redskins, Eagles, or Giants.

Or, on December 20, 2008, the Ravens.

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  1. drummer1279 says: Jun 2, 2011 12:13 AM

    It’s got to be the botched hold by Romo.

  2. fugewes says: Jun 2, 2011 12:35 AM

    11/4/01 Cowboys blow a 24-7 halftime lead at the Meadowlands behind 4 INTs by Clint Stoerner followed by a relief appearance by Ryan Leaf

  3. truecowboyfan says: Jun 2, 2011 12:55 AM

    I have a worst moment since 1987… 3 Superbowl titles is pretty bad…

  4. truecowboyfan says: Jun 2, 2011 12:59 AM

    That was sarcasm by the way… PFT needs to move to another team because finding worst moments in Cowboy’s history is like looking for a virgin on the Vegas strip…

  5. acehi369ja says: Jun 2, 2011 12:59 AM

    worst moments, wow. lately, sadly there have been too many.

    losing to the cardinals in OT on the blocked punt.
    the giants debacle when romo got hurt.
    roy williams fumble on thanksgiving
    alex barron holding in washington
    crayton dropping the sure TD pass in the playoffs
    irvins career ending in philly
    the onside kick/the pickle juice game
    both roy williams. how the h*** can 2 such awesome players suck so bad?
    how did julious jones go from a stud to being knocked down on the first hit in one year?
    4th and 1. twice(eagles fans bought me beer after that, and boy did i need it)
    barry switzer
    leon lett…. twice…. one funny, the other heartbreaking
    ok, enough for me. way too depressed at this point.

  6. slickzmoney says: Jun 2, 2011 1:12 AM

    Romo’s failed hold on a GW FG in the playoffs. He freaked out like when you yip a putt. Right TR?

  7. toiletking says: Jun 2, 2011 1:16 AM

    It’s really satisfying to know that for all the redskins have suffered since kim jong synder took over, the cowboys have suffered worse 🙂

  8. ganja4all says: Jun 2, 2011 1:16 AM

    Any moment with Tony ” I am unqualified” OHNOOO!! This guy can only play fantasy ball. His attitude and performance makes one think that perhaps Al Davis had drafted him. Go wash cars tony

  9. beastofeden says: Jun 2, 2011 1:31 AM

    Week 2 of the 2005 season, the Redskins were at Dallas in a game where Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin were inducted into the Cowboys’ “Ring of Honor” with a pre-game and halftime ceremony. Throughout a poorly played game, Dallas kept the Redskins out of the endzone, and led 13–0 with less than four minutes to go. It was at that point that the Redskins, led by quarterback Mark Brunell, took the lead thanks to two long touchdown passes to Santana Moss to win the game, 14–13.

  10. bigguy54 says: Jun 2, 2011 2:01 AM

    When Jerry Jones bought the team.

  11. chipwade says: Jun 2, 2011 2:10 AM

    Jerry Jones firing Jimmy Johnson? Yes they won a super bowl with Switzer but that seemed to be due to carry over. Franchise never seemed the same after that.

  12. macjacmccoy says: Jun 2, 2011 3:24 AM

    I personally like the last game of the 08-09 season. A win or get in game against the Eagles and the Cowboys let the Eagles put up nearly 50 while scoring only 6 points.

  13. cardmagnet says: Jun 2, 2011 5:10 AM

    I’m a big Cowboys fan, and I’d have to say the #1 worst moment since 1987 was the fallout of Jimmy Johnson.

    Jimmy Johnson brought the Cowboys back not only to relevance, but dominance. The man performed a miracle with a team that had only one win his rookie season as a coach and turned into a dynasty. The team he built was even good enough to outlast his departure and win another Super Bowl with some gun toting hack named Barry Switzer.

    Losing him started a landslide that saw the Cowboys go from yearly contenders to a team that wouldn’t win a playoff game in around a decade.

  14. kdish87 says: Jun 2, 2011 7:14 AM

    Not really their worst moment EVER, but the 44-6 beatdown the following week was pretty awesome coming from an Eagles fan.

  15. arm57romg says: Jun 2, 2011 7:36 AM

    Hey moron!

    How about The Seahawks instead of the Ravens.

  16. melonnhead says: Jun 2, 2011 7:56 AM

    Hey doofus! Losing the last game at Texas Stadium is way worse than losing a playoff game to the Shehags in Sheattle.

    The Cowboys’ worst moment since the last labor crap was the 2009 collapse of the practice dome that injured 12 players and coaches. I win. Tied for distant second place are that Ravens game, going 5-11 for three years in a row, giving up two very late scores to Santana Moss and losing to the Redskins 14-13 in 2005, and any day that Bum Bright owned the team.

  17. wetdentist says: Jun 2, 2011 8:27 AM

    yeah! i was at that 44-6 Eagles-porn game . . . almost all highlights. like a steamroller on meth i tells ya

  18. blitzinc43 says: Jun 2, 2011 8:47 AM

    When Jason Garrett became head coach
    When Miles Austin was born
    When Jason Witten catches the ball
    When Tony Romo speaks
    When MB3 runs
    When the team drafts someone

    These are all bad moments in cowboy history

  19. txchief says: Jun 2, 2011 9:00 AM

    Jerry buying the team and firing Tom Landry through the media. Forever lost many a fan then.

  20. dontouchmyjunk says: Jun 2, 2011 9:06 AM

    Dec 1995 at Veteran’s Stadium in Philly. 4th and 1 Fail – TWICE running the exact same play. And it was at their own 29 yard line.

    It was a tie game at the time. First one nullified because they called the 2 minute warning. After the break, Switzer called the exact same play and it was stopped again. The Eagles went on to kick a chip shot FG to win the game.

    I cite this particular sequence as the worst because it defines the supreme arrogance of the Cowboys of this era. And, it is noteworthy that they have never returned deep into the playoffs since this season. Football gods karma.

  21. flyinhighwithvick says: Jun 2, 2011 9:28 AM

    How about all the arrests that came under the Johnson/Switzer watch? It was always fun turning on the TV and seeing one of the Dallas scum bags being led away in handcuffs.

  22. breeshasabush says: Jun 2, 2011 9:31 AM


    u cant really be serious can you??? I can name a few that came at the hands of the Saints alone, i wouldnt even have to mention the Eagles game, the Romo botched snap, Tony Romo himself, chan gailey, Drew Henson, Roy Williams trade, the who dat chants in your own stadium on national TV, the Thanksgiving strip…etc Basically the last 13 years or so….

  23. offkiltereagle says: Jun 2, 2011 9:38 AM

    In a game that meant their playoff lives, and was against their most hated rival. I feel 44-6 was not only a heart wrenching loss, but also their worst moment.

  24. melonnhead says: Jun 2, 2011 9:40 AM

    It was a tie game at the time. First one nullified because they called the 2 minute warning. After the break, Switzer called the exact same play and it was stopped again.


    Switzer didn’t call the play. He made the call to go for it again. Ernie Zampese called the plays. The order to go for it was a good call. 4th and 1, 40mph wind in your face, you have Eagle-killer Emmitt Smith in his prime, a first down at worst forces OT and at best sets them up to win the game. A short punt into a strong wind probably leaves the Eagles just outside of FG position with almost 2 minutes to go. Calling the same play was not so brilliant.

    Football gods karma? The Cowboys won their fifth Super Bowl championship at the end of that season, beating the Eagles 30-11 on the way. The Eagles went on to… well, went on to continue being the Eagles.

  25. jerrod777 says: Jun 2, 2011 9:41 AM

    I still remember one of the worst (if not THE worst) moment as a Cowboys fan was “The Catch” by Dwight Clark in the 1982 NFC Championship game. That catch kept Dallas out of the Super Bowl and was in the final minute of the game to dash our hopes.

  26. melonnhead says: Jun 2, 2011 9:55 AM

    The team he built was even good enough to outlast his departure and win another Super Bowl with some gun toting hack named Barry Switzer.


    Sure, if you don’t count signing Deion Sanders, which was much a case of subtraction from the other dominant team of the time, the 49ers, as it was an addition to the Cowboys. There are so many things that were different between the ’93 and ’95 squads. Deion, Larry Allen, Derek Kennard, Darren Woodson started Super Bowl 28 as a LB.

  27. brintfatre says: Jun 2, 2011 10:09 AM

    Any time Jessucka Simpson was in the crowd with her pink jersey on.

  28. vegach says: Jun 2, 2011 10:12 AM

    The entire dark era betweek Aikman and Romo
    (gave us such great QBs as Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson, Drew Henson, Ryan Leaf, Tony Banks, and all the others)

    The two first round choice trades for Joey Galloway

    Leon Lett’s fumbles

    Romo’s hold

    The trade for Roy Williams

    kicking the tires on Demetrius Underwood

    Losing to the Cards in the playoffs

    The Dave Campo era

    Romo and company going to Mexico during the Playoffs bye week

    Switzer making them the pro version of his Sooners (I’ll take the SB win, just sucks about all the arrests)

    All the Cowboys are going to take it all hype, then fizzing out during the season

  29. vegach says: Jun 2, 2011 10:20 AM

    I forgot about last years training camp tour

    The Tour de Oxnard

    Terrell Owens’ 25 million reasons to live ordeal

    I better stop before I get all bummed out………..

  30. zar21 says: Jun 2, 2011 10:21 AM

    When the Redskins blocked a game winning field goal and then kicked a game winning field goal.

    When they lost on a holding penalty against the redskins and made mike shanahan look like a good coach.

    When the Redskins crushed them 35-7 in 05 after the skins lost 4 straight and proceeded to take their playoff spot

    When Rex Grossman nearly led the redskins to a comeback down 35-7 last year

    When the Redskins crushed them 34-7 in 06 and made the playoffs

  31. memphisyinzer says: Jun 2, 2011 10:22 AM

    Jerry buying the team and firing Tom Landry through the media. Forever lost many a fan then.

    I’ve got to agree with this one being the worst and lowest point of the Cowboy history. Jerry proved, from the get-go, just how truly classless and low life his wrinkled, egotistical little ass is.

    Landry gave his life to that team and, unfortunately, he ran out of the skills necessary to compete. Yes, the game passed him by. But, for what he accomplished in that town, he deserved a much better treatment than he got from that bug-eyed, worthless, piece of crap owner.

    Then the two faced, phony little piece of crap honors Tom with a statue after ripping the man’s heart out.

    As long as Jerry Jones owns that team I hope they wallow in failure, every year. And I hope it hurts him 1/2 as much as he hurt Tom Landry. How does he sleep at night?

  32. pixelito says: Jun 2, 2011 10:22 AM

    Losing to the Giants at home in the playoffs.

  33. pixelito says: Jun 2, 2011 10:23 AM

    Losing to the Giants on opening night of their new stadium.

  34. pixelito says: Jun 2, 2011 10:24 AM

    Watching Boley break Romo… Then losing to the Giants at home…. Again.

  35. pixelito says: Jun 2, 2011 10:27 AM

    TO crying.

  36. lordjoshington says: Jun 2, 2011 10:37 AM

    How about a Monday Night in 2005, Texas Stadium, Boys up 13-0 late in the 4th. Mark Brunell hits Santana Moss for two bombs right over Roy Williams for the win!

  37. melonnhead says: Jun 2, 2011 10:57 AM

    In a game that meant their playoff lives, and was against their most hated rival. I feel 44-6 was not only a heart wrenching loss, but also their worst moment.


    Um as an Eagles fan, you don’t get to declare your favorite team as the Cowboys’ most hated rival. That will always be the Redskins. And when you ask Redskins fans, they’re going to say Cowboys. It’s just how it is.

  38. beretta96d says: Jun 2, 2011 11:24 AM

    How about the fatality of an electrician and injured iron workers who make pennies on the dollar, building that stadium to feed that jack!## ‘s ego!

    I believe they should be respected more than some games lost…..just my humble opinion.

  39. thephantomstranger says: Jun 2, 2011 11:27 AM

    Cowboys tell Randy Moss they’re going to pick him in the 1998 draft, but pass on him. Thanksgiving Day, that same year. Moss had 3 receptions, 163 yards, 3 touchdowns, in a 46-36 loss.

  40. melonnhead says: Jun 2, 2011 1:01 PM

    Jerry buying the team and firing Tom Landry through the media. Forever lost many a fan then.

    I’ve got to agree with this one being the worst and lowest point of the Cowboy history. Jerry proved, from the get-go, just how truly classless and low life his wrinkled, egotistical little ass is.


    ALL RIGHT, ENOUGH from you wannabe revisionist historians. This is how it went down. “True Texan” Bum Bright wanted to fire Tom Landry in 1987 but was scared that it would affect his wallet. He made Landry’s firing a condition of sale and offered to do the dirty work for Jones on his way out the door, and Jones declined the offer, preferring to step up and be the man that “True Texan” Bum Bright could never be. Bright flat refused to sell the team to then Mavs owner Don Carter because Carter said he wanted to keep Landry. When Jimmy Johnson was spotted having dinner with Jerry Jones at Mia’s Restaurant, he was in town to confirm to Bum Bright and minority owner Ed Smith that he was going to be the next head coach of the Cowboys. Newspapers put two and two together and ran with it. Jones and Tex Shramm immediately tried to track Landry down and they located him on a golf course in Austin. Jones and Shramm both flew to Austin to see Landry face-to-face and both bawled their eyes out as Jerry Jones apologized for being seen with Jimmy Johnson before they’d had a chance to talk, and to inform him that he was being fired. Jones didn’t fire anybody in the media.

  41. memphisyinzer says: Jun 2, 2011 1:50 PM

    Where in MY post did I say anything about Jones firing him in the media? My issue is with the low-rent classless way that the dickhead removed Landry. Go back and reread my post!

  42. kevinfromphilly says: Jun 2, 2011 3:29 PM

    Romo and yoko in cabo.

  43. stairwayto7 says: Jun 2, 2011 3:52 PM

    How about firing Landry, 1-15 record, Quincy Carter, zero playoff wins in 14 years, letting the Steelers score 14 points in final 2 minutes to lose in Dec 08, Cards beating them on blocked punt and ina 9-7 game in 95, Eagles game in 09 with a chance to go to playoffs losing 44-3 or somethign liek that, Ryan Leaf, Super Bowl seating, an owner who does not care about winning only selling seats, having more Steeler fans in your stadiun in 02 than Cowboy fans..I can go on………………..

  44. commandercornpone says: Jun 2, 2011 6:26 PM

    1960s… continual playoff losses to packers then browns (a finesse team)…

    1970. 38-0 loss to st. louis cards on MNF. dandy don crying and singing turn out the lights the party’s over.

    earlier that year losing to vikes 54-13. other than those 2 losses the cowboys went 10-2 and outscored the oppo 286-129…

    10 years ago or so… xmas eve loss to saints who were led by backup jake del h… winning td pass to keith poole who beat… deion sanders. for the win.

    overtrading for roy williams

    running jimmy johnson off. after having run tom landry off.

    getting beat twice on blitzes late in the game for huge TDs by balto. for the loss.

  45. skinsfaninillinois says: Jun 24, 2011 10:50 AM

    Leon Lett is a great source of moments. Two of which come to mind:

    Thanksgiving 1993: In a crucial game against Miami, the Cowboys were on the verge of beating the Dolphins. When the Cowboys blocked a Dolphins’ field goal with 15 seconds left, the Cowboys began celebrating. Except Leon who attempted to recover the ball. After bobbling it, the Dolphins recovered at the Cowboy 1 yard line and kicked the game winning field goal. Had Lett simply left the ball alone, the Cowboys would have automatically received possession and could have run out the clock.

    Then who can forget Super Bowl XXVII. After recovering a Buffalo fumble, and rumbling toward the endzone he slows down and starts hot-dogging with the football. This allowed the Bills’ Don Beebe to chase him down and knock the ball out of his hands, taking away what was a sure TD. Although the Cowboys won that Super Bowl, Lett’s stunt cost the Cowboys the record for most points scored in a Super Bowl (55, by the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV).

    Thanks Leon, you provided two of the best Cowboy moments.


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