A Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today.
Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Written by Alternate Historian

January 10

On this day in 1974, Cowboys head coach Tom Landy said in an interview for CBS Sports that Roger Staubach would return as Dallas starting quarterback for the 1974 NFL season; however, lingering medical problems stemming from Staubach's concussion would force Landry to bench him before the season was over.

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September 22

On this day in 1968, Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Forrest Gregg held an impromptu press conference to announce his immediate and permanent retirement from the NFL. Gregg, still heartbroken over the Packers' defeat by the Dallas Cowboys in the legendary Ice Bowl the previous December, said at that press conference he could no longer summon up the motivation to keep going out on the field.

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December 29

On this day in 1968, the Dallas Cowboys clinched their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance with a 34-point shutout of the Baltimore Colts in the 1968 NFL championship game.

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December 31

On this day in 1967, the Green Bay Packers' hopes for a third straight NFL championship and a spot in Super Bowl II against the AFL champion Oakland Raiders were dashed in the so-called 'Ice Bowl' when the Dallas Cowboys scored a touchdown with less than a minute left in regulation to take a 24-21 lead; a field goal by the Packers tied the game at the end of regulation, but in overtime Dallas scored a field goal of their own to clinch a 27-24 victory and their first NFL title. One Green Bay player, offensive lineman Forrest Gregg, was so heartbroken over the defeat that he would retire from pro football permanently just two games into the 1968 NFL season.

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Packers coach Vince Lombardi would later call the loss to Dallas the worst moment of his career; by contrast, Cowboys head coach Tom Landry would look back with pride on the way his team had bounced back against the odds to take down the Packers. The Cowboys' surprising triumph in the 1967 NFL title game was just the first of many such comeback playoff wins Landry would rack up before he retired in 1988.



January 14

On this day in 1968, the Dallas Cowboys won their first Super Bowl championship, beating the Oakland Raiders 37-14.

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December 21

On this day in 1968, the Dallas Cowboys began their road to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance with a 34-30 overtime divisional playoff win over the Cleveland Browns.

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January 12

On this day in 1969, the Dallas Cowboys, heavily favored to win Super Bowl III, were handed a shocking upset loss as the AFL champion New York Jets came back from a 10-7 second quarter deficit to beat Dallas 16-13. Jets starting quarterback Joe Namath was named Super Bowl MVP for engineering the drive that clinched the victory for New York.

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December 28

On this day in 1969, the Dallas Cowboys rallied from a second half deficit to beat the Cleveland Browns 41-38 in the 1969 NFL divisional playoffs.                                    

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January 4

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys hammered the Minnesota Vikings 28-7 in the 1969 NFC championship game to advance to their third Super Bowl in franchise history.

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January 11

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys won their second Super Bowl championship in team history, beating the Kansas City Chiefs 24-10. The next day Dallas head coach Tom Landry was signed to a new five-year contract that doubled his existing salary.

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September 20

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys opened their latest Super Bowl title defense with a 17-6 home victory against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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September 27

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys improved to 2-0 with a 28-10 road victory against the New York Giants.

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October 4

On this day in 1970, the Cowboys notched their third straight win with a 31-point shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.                                                              

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October 11

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys notched their fourth straight win of the 1970 NFL season with a 14-point shutout of the Atlanta Falcons.

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October 18

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys improved to 5-0 with a 54-13 blowout of the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis.                                                                                                

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October 25

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys won improved their 1970 season record to 6-0 with a 23-17 overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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November 1

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 21-17 for their seventh consecutive win of the 1970 NFL season.                                                        

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November 8

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys improved their 1970 NFL record to 8-0 with a 23-20 home win over the New York Giants.

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November 16

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys hammered the St. Louis Cardinals at home 37-0 for their ninth win of the 1970 NFL season.                                                                      

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November 26

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Green Bay Packers 16-10 for their eleventh win of the 1970 NFL season.

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December 6

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys went to 12-0 with a 34-point home shutout of the Washington Redskins. The victory sparked talk that Dallas might tie or surpass the 15-game undefeated streak notched by the Cleveland Browns during the 1948 AAFC season.

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December 20

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys demolished the Houston Oilers 52-7 to finish the 1970 NFL regular season at 14-0.

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December 12

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Cleveland Browns 10-3 to improve their 1970 NFL season record to 13-0 and clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

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December 26

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys officially tied the 1948 Cleveland Browns' 15-game undefeated streak with a six-point shutout of the Detroit Lions in the 1970 NFC divisional playoffs.

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January 3

On this day in 1971, the Dallas Cowboys surpassed the 1948 Browns' 15-game undefeated streak with a 16-10 overtime victory against the San Francisco 49ers in the 1970 NFC championship game.

Oddsmakers subsequently placed Dallas as 7-3 to beat the AFC champion Baltimore Colts to win their third Super Bowl under Tom Landry.

 - Tom Landry
Tom Landry


January 17
Super Bowl MVP

On this day in 1971, the Dallas Cowboys won their third Super Bowl under Tom Landry, defeating the Baltimore Colts 17-13 to cap off a historic 17-0 season; Dallas starting quarterback Craig Morton was named Super Bowl MVP.

The Cowboys' undefeated streak would later extend into the first five weeks of the 1971 NFL regular season before being snapped with an overtime loss against the New England Patriots in Week 6.

Super Bowl MVP - Craig Morton
Craig Morton


October 24

On this day in 1971, historic 22-game NFL winning streak was finally halted with a 23-17 overtime loss against the New England Patriots at the Cotton Bowl. Cowboys starting quarterback Craig Morton suffered a separated right shoulder late in the third quarter and would not play again until Week 10 of the 1971 NFL season.

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November 21
Super Bowl 5 MVP

On this day in 1971, Super Bowl 5 MVP Craig Morton returned to action with the Dallas Cowboys, leading them to a 14-point shutout win over the Washington Redskins at RFK stadium.

Super Bowl 5 MVP - Craig Morton
Craig Morton


December 18

On this day in 1971, the Dallas Cowboys beat the St. Louis Cardinals 34-12 at the Cotton Bowl to finish the 1971 NFL regular season at 12-2.                                                  

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December 25

On this day in 1971, the Dallas Cowboys began their quest for a fourth Super Bowl under Tom Landry with a 21-12 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the 1971 NFL divisional playoffs.

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January 2

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys reached the Super Bowl for the fifth time in team history with a 16-3 win over the San Franciscso 49ers in the NFC championship game.

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January 16

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys suffered their second Super Bowl defeat in franchise history as they were blown out by the Miami Dolphins 27-3.

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September 17

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys opened the 1972 season and their quest to regain the Super Bowl championship with a 28-6 thrashing of the Philadelphia Eagles at the Cotton Bowl.

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September 24

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys' quest to regain the Super Bowl championship hit a major snag when they blew a 14-6 lead against the New York Giants at Yankee Stadium and ended up losing 23-14; that defeat started a four-game losing streak that would seriously jeopardize their playoff hopes for the 1972 NFL season.

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October 22

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys snapped their four-game losing streak with a 24-20 comeback victory over the Washington Redskins.                                                        

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October 30

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys notched their third win of the 1972 NFL season, beating the Detroit Lions 28-24 at the Cotton Bowl.

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November 5

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Chargers in San Diego 34-27 for their fourth win of the 1972 NFL season.                                                                                        

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November 12

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys improved their 1972 NFL season record to 5-4 with a 33-27 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at the Cotton Bowl.

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November 22

On this day in 1970, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins at RFK Stadium to improve their 1970 NFL record to 10-0.                                                                              

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November 19

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys earned their sixth win of the 1972 NFL season by walloping the Philadelphia Eagles 28-6 at Veterans Stadium.

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December 23

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-28 in the 1972 NFL divisional playoffs.

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November 23

On this day in 1972, the Cowboys improved to 7-4 for the 1972 NFL season with a 27-10 Thanksgiving Day win over the San Francisco 49ers.                                                          

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December 3

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys officially clinched an NFC wild card berth with a 27-7 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

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December 9

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys earned their ninth win of the 1972 NFL season, beating the Washington Redskins 13-3.                                                                                  

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December 17

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 24-3 to finish the 1972 NFL regular season at 10-4.

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December 31

On this day in 1972, the Dallas Cowboys reached the Super Bowl for the sixth time in team history with a 27-3 blowout of the Washington Redskins in the 1972 NFC championship game.

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January 14

On this day in 1973, the Cowboys avenged their previous year's Super Bowl defeat by Miami, winning over the Dolphins in overtime 20-17 in Super Bowl VII. The Dallas victory marked the first time the NFL championship had been decided in OT since the Baltimore Colts' 23-17 win over the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL title game.

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January 28

On this day in 1973, the Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys visited the White House as guests of President Richard Nixon, who was then just starting his second term.  

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August 21

On this day in 1973, Cowboys first-string quarterback Craig Morton injured his throwing arm during a preseason team workout; the injury would sideline him for more than two months. As a result, Morton's backup Roger Staubach would be the starting QB for Dallas when the Cowboys opened their 1973 NFL season.

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September 24

On this day in 1973, Roger Staubach earned his second consecutive win as Dallas starting quarterback as the Cowboys blew out the New Orleans Saints 41-3 to improve their 1973 NFL season record to 2-0.

 - Roger Staubach
Roger Staubach


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