Who are the Dallas Cowboys?
The Dallas Cowboys joined the NFL in 1960 as an expansion team. Since their inception, they have been one of the most decorated teams in the National Football League. They have appeared in the Super Bowl 8 times and have won 5 times. Their 5 Super Bowls is good enough to put them at second all time (tied with New England and San Francisco) just behind the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cowboys are also the only NFL team in history to have 20 straight winning seasons (1966-1985).
The Cowboys are also often referred to as “America’s Team.” This is a nickname that was given to the Cowboys in a 1978 highlights film. In the film, the narrator opened up the film with the following quote:
They appear on television so often that their faces are as familiar to the public as presidents and movie stars. They are the Dallas Cowboys, “America’s Team.”
America’s Team has since become the most valuable team in the world, worth an estimated 4 billion. They also earned a record 620 million in 2014. For all intents and purposes, they are a popular franchise. But popularity doesn’t save a franchise from heartbreak. The Dallas Cowboys and their fans fell victim to this divisional round of the playoffs in the 2014 season.
The 2014 Season
Despite losing Demarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher to free agency as well as Sean Lee to a season ending injury, the Dallas Cowboys were one of the best teams in the 2014 season. On the back of Demarco Murray and his record breaking season, the Cowboys finished the season with a 12-4 record. The Cowboys were the NFC East Champs and tied with the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks for the 1 and 2 seed in the NFC, but ended up losing the tie breaker. This gave them a first round match-up with the Detroit Lions in the Wild Card Round. This was the first time since 2009 that the Cowboys have made the playoffs and their 12-4 record was a large improvement over their 8-8 the season prior.