The 5 Largest Losses in Cowboys' Playoff History

Stars fans, you have company. Well, at least at once you did.

Because there was a time - long, log ago - when the Cowboys had high hopes in the playoffs dashed by blowout losses.

Dallas’ hockey team went into this postseason as the No. 1 seed. The Stars won a series, then entered last night’s Game 7 with home-ice advantage. But it all ended with a resounding thud in an ugly 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Since goals in hockey are as precious as touchdowns in football, that’s akin to a 35-point spanking.


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The Cowboys’ most similar loss came in 2007. That season they went 13-3 and were the No. 1 seed in the NFC before losing at home to the rival Giants. The score was 21-17, a far cry from the Stars’ slaughter.

The Cowboys, alas, have endured blowout defeats in big games that the Stars this morning can relate to:

5. at Rams 20, Cowboys 0 – Divisional Round disaster featured six turnovers and 248 yards rushing by Eric Dickerson.

4. at Redskins 26, Cowboys 3 – The defending Super Bowl champs were unceremoniously dethroned by their rivals in 1972 NFC Championship Game.

3. Browns 38, at Cowboys 14 – An 11-2-1 regular season in 1969 was short-circuited by a surprising Divisional Round collapse at the Cotton Bowl.

2. at Vikings 34, Cowboys 3 – A week after winning their first playoff game in 13 years, Dallas’ 2009 season ended in a Brett Favre onslaught in Minnesota.

1. at Lions 38, Cowboys 6 – Wild Card team’s blowout loss in the 2nd round in 1991 was last obstacle before dynasty peaked with three Super Bowls in four years.

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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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