Cowboys, Rams to meet for ninth time in playoffs, most in NFL history

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A whole generation of fans doesn’t remember it, but there was a time when the Cowboys and Rams met almost every year in the NFL postseason.

In fact, when the Cowboys visit Los Angeles tonight, it will be the ninth playoff game between the teams. That’s the most for any two teams in NFL history.

The previous eight games all happened in the same era, with many of the same players and coaches going against each other year after year: The Cowboys and Rams met in the playoffs after the 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983 and 1985 seasons.

In the last game between the two teams, Rams running back Eric Dickerson had 34 carries for an NFL postseason record 248 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams dominated the Cowboys 20-0. The Rams won despite quarterback Dieter Brock completing just six of 20 passes for 50 yards because of Dickerson and the Los Angeles defense, which intercepted Cowboys quarterback Danny White three times and held Tony Dorsett to just 58 yards on 17 carries. That game was at Anaheim Stadium, while tonight’s game is at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Each team won four of the teams’ previous postseason meetings, so tonight’s winner will have the lead in the series. With both teams now having plenty of good young players, perhaps we’re at the start of another long run of playoff meetings between the Rams and Cowboys.

31 responses to “Cowboys, Rams to meet for ninth time in playoffs, most in NFL history

  1. Won’t be another run, not because these aren’t 2 good teams but because the Age of Parity kills them. There was no Cap nor FA rules back then, no parity, fewer games – & far more roids too.

  2. Roman Gabriel and Jack Snow for the Rams. John Brodie and Gene Washington for the 9’ers … man, that was football. Never did much like the Cowboys’ organization back then, don’t know why but when they introduced professional dancers as “cheerleaders” – it was easy to entirely dismiss them.

  3. There were no wild card teams or expanded playoffs back then, so the same division winners kept facing each other.

    Any LA Ram fan who knows their history knows about their 70s and 80s battles against Dallas and Minnesota. And Ferragamo to Waddy remains one of their biggest playoff moments, ever.

  4. The Rams were constantly searching for a starting quarterback back in those days. John Hadl, James Harris, Pat Haden, Ron Jaworski, Vince Ferragamo, Jeff Kemp, Dieter Brock…before finally getting to their all time passing leader Jim “Don’t call me Chris” Everett.

  5. Should be a fun game tonight. I don’t think think the Cowboys are built to win a shoot out. The Rams will win, and Rams fans will be loud. Go Colts! Go Chargers!

  6. This Rams roster is going to reload in the near future. Cooks, Suh, Talib all these guys will be gone soon and / or declining significantly in skill. They have Donald, Goff, Gurley, as long as they draft decently they’ll be fine.

  7. One of these teams is a lot better than the other and is going to just get better. I was watching the 30 for 30 The U last night and was explaining how Jerry Jones need to be the reason the Cowboys are good rather than Jimmy Johnson is why they’ve been mediocre for the past 2+ decades.

  8. And none of the players (heck, many of the coaches) weren’t even born when those were played, so irrelevant. But they were a good rivalry in the 70s

  9. streetyson says:
    January 12, 2019 at 6:26 am
    Won’t be another run, not because these aren’t 2 good teams but because the Age of Parity kills them. There was no Cap nor FA rules back then, no parity, fewer games – & far more roids too.

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    yea. bill belichick scoffs at this notion.

  10. Where in for some good games this weekend. Lets see if the Cowboys and Eagles can work some more magic, Lord knows their gonna need it.

  11. savagestarlight says:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:23 am
    There were no wild card teams or expanded playoffs back then, so the same division winners kept facing each other.

    Any LA Ram fan who knows their history knows about their 70s and 80s battles against Dallas and Minnesota. And Ferragamo to Waddy remains one of their biggest playoff moments, ever.

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    Farragamo to Waddy, Dickerson for 248….Great memories, great football.

    I raise my glass to you.

  12. The last time Rams and Cowboys met in the playoffs, it was Tom Landry’s last playoff game. Sean McVay was born 10 days later.

  13. I remember as a kid the Rams humiliating Staubach in a regular season game. Staubach got run out of bounds on the Rams sideline and of course the trash talking ensued. Staubach said something along the lines of “We will see you in the bleeping playoffs” He did indeed get his revenge in those playoffs

  14. streetyson says:
    January 12, 2019 at 6:26 am
    Won’t be another run, not because these aren’t 2 good teams but because the Age of Parity kills them. There was no Cap nor FA rules back then, no parity, fewer games – & far more roids too.
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    thejetssuck2001 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:50 am
    yea. bill belichick scoffs at this notion.
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    Which is why I think he and Brady are the GOATS, and why the league hates them so much. But they are a one off – no other team has come close to such dynastic success and so no extended “run” of matchups between 2 such teams like the old days, and so my point stands.

  15. I remember those games, but it was a lifetime ago in another era. Cowboys and Rams in the playoffs, that was during Landry’s unprecedented run of twenty consecutive winning seasons.

    It would be difficult to overstate the impact of the Dallas Cowboys on the NFL. Tex Schramm, Tom Landry and Gil Brandt basically invented 21st century football in the 1960s. Schramm, a former television executive, brought uniform regulations, wind flags on goal posts, and instant replay into the league; he was also instrumental in forming the merger. Landry fundamentally transformed the game. His obsession with film study led directly to keys and reads, which alone changed football forever. He invented the 4-3 defense, essentially creating the middle linebacker position (in response to other teams copying the Lombardi sweep, when they coached together in New York); revitalized the shotgun; introduced multiple formations, situational substitution, the man in motion, and the deep speed threat, which forced opposing defenses to conceive zone coverage. Brandt revolutionized scouting; he was the first to draft from then primarily black colleges, but he didn’t just look for football players, he also looked for athletes in track, basketball and baseball. Under them, the Cowboys were the first team to use computers to calculate statistics on players, and the first to implement an intelligence test, which would become the Wonderlic. In an era of powerhouse, smash mouth football, the Cowboys were the original finesse team.

    That’s why they are so hated and so loved. The Cowboys were the first team to have Cheerleaders. And you don’t mess with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders–they took on the Mob in court and won.

    So it’s an interesting matchup, rich in history. OC Linehan was once HC for the Rams, while DC Phillips was once HC for the Cowboys. It really doesn’t get any better than this. A return to days of old with a twist.

    Any team can beat any team on any given game day. This is the truth and the reality. To win, either team has to run the ball and play solid defense. Dallas can do that, so can Los Angeles. It comes down to a question of which team will. If it comes down to a question of which team can throw the ball better, then it’s up in the air. And the Rams have the advantage in that arena.

  16. Dallas was lucky to their division this year..Lol..I do not see a rivalry developing, period… Cowboys aren’t very good on offense.. Defense yes…Dak is too inconsistent

  17. I’m in Dallas now and I don’t see too many Cowboys flags hangjng outta car windows and planted in front lawns. I don’t see too many people wearing cowboy paraphernalia, or barbecues and watch parties starting to form. I thought there were die-hard passionate fans out here?

    If the 49ets were playing tonight The Bay Area would be going crazy. 49er flags and paraphernalia would be everywhere.

    But I digress …

  18. The rams have a very good team, but I think it would be neat if the Cowboys defeated them.
    Goff would have then lost twice in the playoffs with a good team.
    The Cowboys will have pulled back from the brink of disaster.

  19. The Rams are 3-2 over their last 5 games. The wins being against teams with a combined record of 13-35(Lions, Cardinals, 49ers) The two losses being against NFC Play-off teams. One of those teams being a team that lost to the Cowboys twice. I like the Cowboys’ odds!!

  20. Jerahs ride on his Cowboys horse in the playoffs is about to abruptly come to an embarrassing buck off.his Boys went farther than anybody thought they would but now its time to look forward to the draft.

  21. Is it parity or just a popular sport having a level fair system that gives every team within its league equal opportunity to compete? The so called ‘old’ pro football was run more like college football, and we all know that’s not real sport.

  22. marvin1958 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 6:59 am
    Roman Gabriel and Jack Snow for the Rams. John Brodie and Gene Washington for the 9’ers … man, that was football. Never did much like the Cowboys’ organization back then, don’t know why but when they introduced professional dancers as “cheerleaders” – it was easy to entirely dismiss them.

    Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy, Merlin Olsen, Jack Youngblood, Fred Dreyer, Good Times.

  23. wttoolman says:
    January 12, 2019 at 11:40 am
    The Rams are 3-2 over their last 5 games. The wins being against teams with a combined record of 13-35(Lions, Cardinals, 49ers) The two losses being against NFC Play-off teams. One of those teams being a team that lost to the Cowboys twice. I like the Cowboys’ odds!!
    ************
    And the Cowboys are 3-5 on the road with a shutout loss to the Colts, a 14 point loss to a non playoff team in the Titans, an 11 point loss to the Hawks and 2 losses against other non playoff teams. I really like the Rams odds!!!

  24. savagestarlight says:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:23 am

    There were no wild card teams or expanded playoffs back then, so the same division winners kept facing each other.

    Why don’t these people do research?? WILD CARDS have been around for
    a long time – since the EARLY 1970s..

    There were 3 division in the AFC and 3 divisons in the NFC…
    THE WILD CARD was team with the best record in the division that
    DID NOT win it’s divison – one wild card per Conference

    The RAMS where they “humilated” rodger staubach’s Cows was on
    September 17, 1977 (Rams won 27 to 14) and Staubach was picked
    off several times (one for a pick 6)

    They did beat the rams in the playoffs (December 30, 1978) 28-0.
    So the Cows did get revenge as Staubach’s words of ‘meeting again’..

    The Rams have a bad WEST COAST history in the playoffs – repeat WEST
    COAST..(For get that other city)…

    They have only won 1 CONFERENCE TITLE – 1979 SEASON. (9 TO 0
    OVER THE BUCS)..

    – CYBER GUARD 18

  25. COWBOYS WIN BY 8, THE EAGLES WIN TOMORROW BY 2, THEN DALLAS HAS A HOME GAME FOR THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP, AND THE NFC EAST REPRESENTS IN THE SUPER BOWL! BUT AS MUCH AS I WANT THEM TO WIN, SORRY EAGLE FANS, IT WILL BE DALLAS GOING TO THE BIG DANCE! AND IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO REPRESENTS THE AFC, THE LOMBARDI TROPHY WILL BE JOINING THE OTHER FIVE(5) IN ARLINGTON! GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE TEAMS!

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