The next Cowboy to score a playoff touchdown against Detroit will be the first.
Yet, somehow, Dallas is 1-1 in its post-season history against the Lions. If that lack-of-scoring trend continues Sunday, it will be almost impossible for these Cowboys to advance in the NFC Playoffs.
Favored by a touchdown at AT&T Stadium against Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, the Cowboys had best put up at least a couple of touchdowns. The production of their previous two playoff games against the Lions – 5 and 6 points – won’t cut it.
In 1970 the Cowboys hosted the Lions in a Divisional Playoff Game at the Cotton Bowl. All they needed to win was a field goal by Mike Clarke, as the defense shut out the Lions (and added a safety) by limiting them to seven first downs and forcing three turnovers. The 5-0 win moved the Cowboys into the NFC Championship Game and eventually Super Bowl V.
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In the 1991 playoffs the Cowboys again sputtered offensively against the Lions, but this time wound up getting hammered, 38-6. While the Cowboys were undecided on who to play at quarterback - a hot Steve Beuerlein or a finally healthy Troy Aikman – the Lions got three touchdown passes from Erik Kramer and a 47-yard scoring run from Barry Sanders in their romp at the Silverdome. The Cowboys, who would win the ensuing two Super Bowls, proved they were still a year away by mustering only two field goals by Ken Willis.
It remains the only post-season victory in Lions’ history, as they were trashed by the Washington Redskins in the NFC Championship Game the following week.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.