|1999 Dallas Cowboys season|
|General manager||Jerry Jones|
|Head coach||Chan Gailey|
|Home field||Texas Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Vikings) 10–27|
|Pro Bowlers||RB Emmitt Smith|
CB Deion Sanders
LB Dexter Coakley
OL Larry Allen
OT Erik Williams
The 1999 season was the Dallas Cowboys' 40th in the National Football League (NFL) and second under head coach Chan Gailey. The Cowboys were looking to return to the playoffs, improve on their 10–6 record from the previous season and head to the Super Bowl for the final time in the 1990s.
While the Cowboys were unable to repeat as division champions or match their win total from 1998, their 8–8 record enabled them to qualify for the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Cowboys lost to the Minnesota Vikings, ending their season in the opening round of the playoffs for a second consecutive year.
Gailey was fired at the end of the season. The Cowboys would not return to the playoffs until 2003.
Main article: 1999 NFL Draft
|1999 Dallas Cowboys draft|
|1||20||Ebenezer Ekuban||Defensive end||North Carolina|
|2||55||Solomon Page||Tackle||West Virginia|
|3||85||Dat Nguyen||Linebacker||Texas A&M|
|4||118||Wane McGarity||Wide Receiver||Texas|
|4||132||Peppi Zellner||Defensive end||Fort Valley State|
|6||193||MarTay Jenkins||Wide Receiver||Nebraska–Omaha|
|7||229||Mike Lucky||Tight end||Arizona|
|Made roster * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
The season began at Washington with a come-from-behind victory over the division-rival Washington Redskins. Trailing by three touchdowns entering the fourth quarter, they rallied to tie the game. Then free agent acquisition Raghib Ismail hauled in the winning touchdown catch in overtime while Troy Aikman threw for a franchise-record five touchdowns in a single game (since matched by Tony Romo).
The team started with a 3–0 record, but a week 5 injury to wide receiver Michael Irvin against the Philadelphia Eagles eventually forced him into retirement. Afterwards, Dallas struggled down the stretch as age and injury began to take their toll. The team again made the playoffs despite an 8–8 season, but lost once more in the first round to the Minnesota Vikings. Despite leading the team to consecutive playoff berths and seemingly re-igniting the Dallas offense, head coach Chan Gailey was fired by owner Jerry Jones after the season.
A notable addition to the team was fan favorite linebacker Dat Nguyen, the only (to date) Vietnamese-American to play in the NFL.
This marked the final season for future Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and longtime Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston. Irvin and Johnston both suffered season-ending (and as it turned out career-ending) injuries early in the season. Irvin was the last Cowboys player to have played for Tom Landry.
The annual Thanksgiving Day game featured the return of former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson to Texas Stadium as Miami Dolphins head coach. It was the only game Johnson ever coached in Texas Stadium as a visiting coach. The Cowboys won 20–0.
The Cowboys lost four games in which their defense only yielded 13 points in each contest.
|1||September 12||at Washington Redskins||W 41–35 (OT)||1–0||Jack Kent Cooke Stadium||79,237|
|2||Atlanta Falcons||W 24–7||2–0||Texas Stadium||63,663|
|4||October 3||Arizona Cardinals||W 35–7||3–0||Texas Stadium||64,169|
|5||October 10||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 10–13||3–1||Veterans Stadium||66,669|
|6||at New York Giants||L 10–13||3–2||Giants Stadium||78,204|
|7||October 24||Washington Redskins||W 38–20||4–2||Texas Stadium||64,377|
|8||October 31||at Indianapolis Colts||L 24–34||4–3||RCA Dome||56,860|
|9||at Minnesota Vikings||L 17–27||4–4||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||64,111|
|10||November 14||Green Bay Packers||W 27–13||5–4||Texas Stadium||64,634|
|11||November 21||at Arizona Cardinals||L 9–13||5–5||Sun Devil Stadium||72,015|
|12||November 25||Miami Dolphins||W 20–0||6–5||Texas Stadium||64,328|
|13||December 5||at New England Patriots||L 6–13||6–6||Foxboro Stadium||58,444|
|14||December 12||Philadelphia Eagles||W 20–10||7–6||Texas Stadium||64,086|
|15||December 19||New York Jets||L 21–22||7–7||Texas Stadium||64,271|
|16||at New Orleans Saints||L 24–31||7–8||Louisiana Superdome||47,835|
|17||January 2, 2000||New York Giants||W 26–18||8–8||Texas Stadium||63,767|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
|(3) Washington Redskins||10||6||0||.625||443||377||W2|
|(5) Dallas Cowboys||8||8||0||.500||352||276||W1|
|New York Giants||7||9||0||.438||299||358||L3|
Main article: 1999–2000 NFL playoffs
|Wild Card||January 9, 2000||at Minnesota Vikings (4)||L 27–10||0–1||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome|
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