Cowboys continue stunning NFC Championship drought

Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith (R) break
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The streak continues, for at least another year.

In 1970, the AFL and NFL merged. The move created the AFC and NFC. In turn, it created the AFC and NFC Championship games.

The AFC and NFC Championships have now been played 53 times. In the first 26 years of conference title games, the Cowboys appeared in the NFC’s version of the contest 14 times.

In the next 27 years, the Cowboys have appeared none times.

None. Not once. If you’d told me on January 14, 1996, the day the Cowboys beat the Packers to qualify for Super Bowl XXX (fueled by 150 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Emmitt Smith), that Dallas would not even play in a conference championship for 27 years and counting, I would have called you crazy.

These are the Cowboys. America’s Team. How ’bout them Cowboys? To go 27 years without advancing to the conference final is incomprehensible.

Only two other teams in the NFC have a longer drought; the Commanders and Lions haven’t played in the NFC Championship since they met in the game played in January 1992.

It will be interesting to see who gets there first, Cowboys, Commanders, or Lions. Right now, many would say the Lions have the best chance of the three.

27 responses to “Cowboys continue stunning NFC Championship drought

  1. Tough times for Cowboys “fans”. Their Crimson Tide and Lakers are struggling too, but their Yankees should be ok.

  2. How surprising that the Cowboys descended into mediocrity and underachieving after Jimmy Johnson’s rosters disappeared. Jerry is a great businessman and entertainer, but he’s a not a football guy. His ego is the reason behind all this, and will continue to be.

  3. Since the last time the Cowboys PLAYED in an NFC Championship game, the NFL team with “statistically” the worse winning percentage in NFL history, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have WON two Super Bowls. Enough said.

  4. I’d say why would 1996 you think that was crazy. Jerry Jones had just handed probably the best top to bottom roster of all time to Barry Switzer. That’s still crazy to me almost 30 years later.

  5. You guys quit bullying Cowboys fans. Somebody is gonna get hurt and it will be all your fault.

  6. The Lions, because they finished the year semi-hot have a better chance than the Cowboys who have been to the playoffs in consecutive years, and were competitive, on the road, against an extremely strong San Francisco team? Got it

  7. America’s Team? At this point they are not even some Banana Republic’s team. Or even for the employees OF Banana Republic. All hype, all bark no bite. Jones is a blowhard from the past.

  8. I don’t see anything stunning about the loss. Not at all. Jones ineptitude as a GM has been know for years and years.

    IMHO it’s not his ability to find talent. His teams have been loaded for years as well. It’s his stubbornness to admit fault in some of his decisions and correct them. He’s the walking, talking definition of insanity. Repeating the same mistake thinking it will change the result. Jerry Jones is the singular reason them ‘Boys don’t have anymore rings.

    Quite frankly he deserves the crap he gets starting from the unceremonious firing of Landry to his narcissist dumping of Johnson.

  9. Its not stunning at all.

    They won’t hand the operation off to competent football men.

    Its their right to run their buisness the way they want. But its no mystery why they aren’t winning or competing at the highest level.

  10. I’d say why would 1996 you think that was crazy. Jerry Jones had just handed probably the best top to bottom roster of all time to Barry Switzer. That’s still crazy to me almost 30 years later.
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    Switzer managed to win a Super Bowl.

    Might have won 2 if the 9ers hadn’t totally sold out in 1994.

  11. Not stunning or even surprising the way Jerry manages the team. He is more concerned about image and profits than the product on the field. He consistently overpays for over the hill players and then cannot afford to keep rising stars.

    The Cowboys are perennially overrated.

    Long live Jerrah!

  12. It’s called narcissism. And, no one can understand why this failure of an owner who is in the Hall of Fame, while Bob Kraft is not, is somehow so in love with his mediocrity.

    Only a deluded person with a massive ego created in the little world
    that person lives in would constantly overrated the people he drafts like Jerry Jones does.

    He has Elliott and Prescott overpaid and he falls in love with certain players that aren’t as good as he thinks, and it’s because he drafts them or signs them.

    The Jets do this as well. Put someone in a Dallas uniform and they are the best player ever. lol

  13. Every year this team is over-hyped due to its popularity. Every year Dallas fans get their hopes up as a result. And every year they get crushed. In MN we just expect it — and I’m not sure which is worse.

  14. I have always derided the non-Texas Cowboys fans for being front runners instead of rooting for their home teams. But given the fact that the Cowboys haven’t been in front for 27 years, I’m going to have to rethink that.

  15. The Herschel Walker to the Vikings trade is what got them those players and depth. Since then, they haven’t found a fool willing to trade away half their team to boost their roster.

  16. At least they won it. It’s been 46 years since my Vikes won it. Doesn’t matter who the QB is or the coach, or how good the defense is. It just hasn’t happened…then if they ever do, they still gotta win it. Which, of course, they’ve never done.

  17. Not stunning at all we hear about how good they are EVERY year for the past 20-30 years. They ALWAYS fall down and go boom.

  18. The Herschel Walker to the Vikings trade is what got them those players and depth. Since then, they haven’t found a fool willing to trade away half their team to boost their roster.
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    True, but they hit on the picks as well. 3 Hall of Famers, with Woodson likely to get in as well.

    Teams like the Browns and Dolphins have tried this same approach, and it hasn’t worked out for them at all.

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