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

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October 14, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones (28) gains yardage against the Baltimore Ravens behind tackle Doug Free (68) at M

5. Much was made amongst Cowboys fans in 2007 about how the Cowboys “always” play on the road in Carolina. It was somewhat of an issue, since it was the third consecutive year the Cowboys were playing Carolina. However, the truth is that was the Cowboys’ fourth contest in Carolina, including playoffs. 6 of the Cowboys’ 10 contests to that point were played at home. This makes only the fifth time out of our upcoming twelve meetings that we’ve played in Carolina.

4. Tony Romo has never lost to the Carolina Panthers. With a three-game minimum, the means the only other team Romo remains undefeated is the Buccaneers.

3. Cam Newton is the sixth Panthers quarterback to face the Cowboys. He’s also only the third quarterback to have not been a backup in Dallas whether in preseason or otherwise. Here’s the complete list ordered by appearance and including playoffs:

Kerry Collins — ’96, ’97 (2-0)
Steve Beuerlein — ’98, ’00 (0-2)
Rodney Peete — ’02 (0-1)
Jake Delhomme — ’03, ’03, ’05, ’06, ’09 (1-4)
Matt Moore — ’07 (0-1)

Conversely, the Cowboys have only trotted out 5 starting quarterbacks. And this is one of the rare categories wherein Quincy Carter not only joins the ranks of Troy Aikman and Tony Romo, but actually joins Aikman in something Romo has yet to do:

Troy Aikman — ’96, ’97, ’00 (1-2)
Jason Garrett — ’98 (1-0)
Quincy Carter — ’02, ’03, ’03 (2-1)
Drew Bledsoe — ’05 (1-0)
Tony Romo — ’06, ’07, ’09 (3-0)

Do you see it yet? Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, and Quincy Carter are tied at 3 with the most starts against the Panthers, and Aikman and Carter are the only ones who have started against them in the postseason. That’s just something Romo continues to fail to do.

2. The Panthers are also another team that Jason Garrett has yet to face. He’s still got to coach against the Falcons, Packers, Vikings, Chargers, Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Steelers, Bengals, Browns, Texans, Titans, and Jaguars. In initial encounters, Jason Garrett is 11-7. 9 (6-3) of those encounters have been at home, while 9 (5-4) have been on the road. And compiling those stats, I see just how on the fence a guy with a 15-14 coaching record is.

1. There has only been 1 time since 1960 the Cowboys have gone to the playoffs after starting 2-3, and that was when they started 1996 with Michael Irvin suspended. Similarly, the Cowboys have only gone to the playoffs twice after starting 3-3: 1996 and 2006. The Cowboys have never gone to the playoffs starting off 2-4.

The Dallas Cowboys are undefeated in 5 contests on October 21st:

1962 — @PIT
1973 — NYG
1984 — NOR (OT)
1990 — @TB
2007 — MIN

The ’62, ’73, and ’84 encounters were played under the moon’s last quarter phase. The ’90 game was played under a new moon, while the ’07 match was played under a full quarter moon. Sunday’s contest will be played on the last day of the new moon phase. This bodes well for the Cowboys.

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