1999 Dallas Cowboys season

1999 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Chan Gailey
Home field Texas Stadium
Record 8–8
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings) 27–10

The 1999 Dallas Cowboys season was their 40th in the NFL. Their season ended with a loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the Wilcard round. It was the final season that the Cowboys appeared in the playoffs during the 1990s and for the next three seasons, they would fall out of contention. They would appear in the playoffs in 2003.

This season was Michael Irvin's final season as a neck injury that he suffered in Week 3 at Philadelphia, in which he received a standing ovation from Eagles fans, forced him to retire early.

Hall of Fame Game

Regular season

The season began at Washington with a come-from-behind victory over the division-rival Washington Redskins. After trailing by three touchdowns in the second half, free agent acquisition Rocket 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-4 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, owner Jerry Jones fired head coach Chan Gailey 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 "Moose" 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 head coach Jimmy Johnson to Texas Stadium as 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 4 games in which their defense only yielded 13 points in each contest.

Dallas didn't return to the playoffs until 2003.


Week Date TV time Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1999 FOX 1:00 et at Washington Redskins W 41–35
2 September 20, 1999 ABC 9:00 ET Atlanta Falcons W 24–7
3 Bye
4 October 3, 1999 FOX 1:00 et Arizona Cardinals W 35–7
5 October 10, 1999 FOX 1:00 et at Philadelphia Eagles L 13–10
6 October 18, 1999 ABC 9:00 et at New York Giants L 13–10
7 October 24, 1999 FOX 1:00 et Washington Redskins W 38–20
8 October 31, 1999 FOX 4:00 et at Indianapolis Colts L 34–24
9 November 8, 1999 ABC 9:00 et at Minnesota Vikings L 27–17
10 November 14, 1999 FOX 4:00 et Green Bay Packers W 27–13
11 November 21, 1999 FOX 4:00 et at Arizona Cardinals L 13–9
12 November 25, 1999 CBS 4:00 et Miami Dolphins W 20–0
13 December 5, 1999 ESPN 8:30 et at New England Patriots L 13–6
14 December 12, 1999 FOX 1:00 et Philadelphia Eagles W 20–10
15 December 19, 1999 CBS 4:00 et New York Jets L 22–21
16 December 24, 1999 FOX 4:00 et at New Orleans Saints L 31–24
17 January 2, 2000 FOX 4:00 et New York Giants W 26–18


NFC East
(3) Washington Redskins 1060.625443377W2
(5) Dallas Cowboys 880.500352276W1
New York Giants 790.438299358L3
Arizona Cardinals 6100.375245382L4
Philadelphia Eagles 5110.313272357W2


Dallas Cowboys 1999 roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
51 active, 10 inactive


The Football Encyclopedia ISBN 0-312-11435-4
Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes ISBN 0-446-51950-2


  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369

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