10 Facts You Didn't Know About The Cowboys-Panthers

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The 2-3 Dallas Cowboys will face the 1-4 Carolina Panthers at home this Sunday. What do you need to know about this match-up before kick-off? We reach far into the mind of our resident Cowboy genius, Mark Lane, to pull out ten facts you probably didn’t know about the Cowboys/Panthers history.

Oct 7, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) drops back to throw a pass during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Panthers 16-12. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

10. This will be the first time the Dallas Cowboys have faced the Carolina Panthers on FOX since Christmas Eve 2004, when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Carolina Panthers 24-20. Since that time, the Cowboys have played on Sunday Night Football (2006), Saturday Night Football (2007) and Monday Night Football (2009). It will be the first time the Cowboys have played the Panthers on FOX on a Sunday since November 23rd, 2003, when Bill Parcells said you couldn’t call the Cowboys losers anymore.

9. Dallas will be in their “cursed blue” uniforms. While the ’68 NFL Divisional playoffs, Super Bowl V, the ’80 NFC Championship game, and the ’82 NFC Championship game helped contribute to the alleged hex, the Cowboys are 9-8 in those uniforms going back to 2003:

2003:
@NE — L
@WAS — L

2004:
@WAS — W

2005:
@WAS — L
@CAR — W

2006:
@JAX — L
@PHI — L
@WAS — L

2007:
@MIA — W
@PHI — W
@WAS — L

2008:
@CLE — W
@RAM — L
@WAS — W

2009:
@TAM — W
@WAS — W

2011:
@NE — L

Comparatively, in the last 17 games where the Cowboys have worn white jerseys, the Cowboys have an 8-9 record. Tony Romo is 6-3 in the “cursed blues,” and started all of the aforementioned 17 white jersey games.

As you can see, the last time the Carolina Panthers made us wear our “cursed blues” was in 2005. In 2006, the Panthers wore black. In 2007, the Panthers wore their light blue variant.

8. Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa will call the action for FOX this Sunday. If you’ll remember, the Cowboys are 7-1 with this announcing team, their only loss coming in Seattle in Week 2 this year:

2007 — Cowboys at Dolphins 37-20
2008 — Buccaneers at Cowboys 13-9
2009 — Cowboys at Buccaneers 34-21
2010 — Lions at Cowboys 35-19
2010 — Redskins at Cowboys 33-30
2010 — Cowboys at Eagles 14-13
2011 — Cowboys at Redskins 27-24 OT
2012 — Cowboys at Seahawks 7-27

This will be the fourth consecutive time “Kenny, Moose, and Goose” have called a Cowboys game on the road.

7. Dallas has 3 instances of back-to-back road games. This is their second of the season. Here’s the Cowboys’ record going back to 2006:

2011:
Jets/Niners — L/W

2010:
Packers/Giants — L/W
Cardinals/Eagles — L/W

2009:
Broncos/Chiefs — L/W
Eagles/Packers — W/L
Saints/Redskins — W/W

2008:
Cardinals/Rams — L/L

2007:
Dolphins/Bears — W/W
Eagles/Giants — W/W
Panthers/Redskins — W/L

2006:
Titans/Eagles — W/L
Panthers/Redskins/Cardinals — W/L/W

6. The Panthers are one of six teams to have never lost a playoff contest to the Cowboys. The other five teams are listed in order of their victories: Browns, Redskins, Cardinals, Seahawks, and Giants.

Like the Lions and Cardinals, the Panthers got their first playoff win in franchise history against the Dallas Cowboys. (1996 NFC divisional playoffs)

In the Panthers’ two playoff encounter with the Cowboys, John Madden served as the color commentator. What’s fascinating about that is Madden was with two different networks. In the ’96 NFC playoffs, he was with FOX, who had the divisional playoffs. In the ’03 NFC playoffs, he was with ABC, who only had one NFC wild card game that year. Also in those two games, the Cowboys wore their “cursed blues.”

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