For those who were not aware, prior to the 1970 AFL – NFL merger the Cowboys were in the NFL East from 1961 to 1966. They won the NFL East in 1966. In 1967 the NFL renamed the Divisions putting the Cowboys in the NFL Capital Division from 1967 to 1969. The Cowboys are the only Champion of that Historic Division, as they led that Division each of those 3 seasons it existed. Only the Browns can say they swept their NFL Division those 3 seasons when the names were unique. In the AFL the Oakland Raiders also swept their 4 team Conference during those years.
The NFC East began in 1970 after that merger. The Cowboys were the inaugural NFC East Champion, and in fact won the first 2 NFC East crowns, giving them 6 straight Division titles. This ties the record of the Cleveland Browns from 1964 to 1969. In recent years the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts have come close, but fallen short of Landry’s enviable record.
A natural progression of goals after winning the NFC East should be to win in double digits. The Cowboys have accomplished double digit win seasons 26 times. The last time was in 2009. It is time to notch #27. Obviously accomplishing these goals means making the Playoffs as well. The Cowboys have done this 29 times, and at 33-25 all time in the post season are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most post season wins all time. One thing to remember about that tie is that the Cowboys got started in 1960 and the Steelers in 1933 as the Pittsburgh Pirates. They have a 28 year head start to accumulate their post season wins.
Of course the Steelers have absolute bragging rights by virtue of owning 6 Lombardi trophies to our 5, and the San Francisco 49ers 5. The 49ers were in the last Super Bowl, eventually losing to the Baltimore Ravens. I am glad we don’t have to look up to them again, and can still see eye to eye with them, but I’m sick of looking up at the Steelers again. I want to see eye to eye with them again. In truth, I want to look down on them all.