Since 1990, when the playoff formats were last tinkered with, only 46/276 – 17% – of the qualifying teams were 4-4. Only 7 of those teams went to the conference championship game.
The Dallas Cowboys have been 4-4 only seven times in franchise history: 1961, 1974, 1987, 1997, 1999, 2006, and 2011. Only 1999 and 2006 were playoff years, and the wildcard Cowboys didn’t even make it out of the first round.
Among the Cowboys’ 4-4 seasons, only 4/7 times did the Cowboys improve to 5-4: ‘74, ’87, ’99, and ’06.
The Minnesota Vikings have started off 1-6 four times in their franchise history: ’61, ’90, ’11, and ’13. Leslie Frazier owns two of those 1-6 seasons.
The Minnesota Vikings are the only team to have beaten the Dallas Cowboys in all three rounds of the NFC playoffs: wildcard (1999), divisional (2009), and championship game (1973). The Cowboys have done the same to the Vikings: wildcard (1996), divisional (1971, 1975), and conference championship (1977).
In 2010, the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings both celebrated their 50th anniversaries. For the Cowboys, they celebrated their 50th year, while the Vikings celebrated their 50th season.
The Minnesota Vikings were the first visiting team to have won a playoff game in Texas Stadium (1973 NFC Championship game). The only other teams to do so were the Los Angeles Rams (’76, ’79, ’83), Arizona Cardinals (’98), and New York Giants (’07).
This is the first time that the Minnesota Vikings will play in AT&T Stadium. Opposing teams are 8-13 in their initial games in AT&T Stadium. NFC teams are 4-8.
Including playoff encounters, the series between the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys is tied 14-14. The only other franchise with whom the Cowboys are tied are the San Francisco 49ers at 16-16. For the Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles (12-12) and also the San Francisco 49ers (22-22-1) are the only other teams with whom they have a series split.
The Minnesota Vikings have never lost to the Houston Texans.
In the state of Texas, the Minnesota Vikings are 9-7 (Cowboys, Oilers, Texans).
The Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys both defeated the Los Angeles Rams to advance to a Super Bowl (’76 for the Vikings; ’78 for the Cowboys).
When Randy Moss was wide receiver with the Minnesota Vikings from 1998-04 and for a brief stint in 2010, he helped Minnesota go 5-0 against the Cowboys. Without Randy Moss, the Vikings were 1-1.
In the 1996 NFC Wildcard, the Dallas Cowboys creamed the Minnesota Vikings 40-15 in Texas Stadium, the franchise’s largest postseason margin of victory. Since that time, the Minnesota Vikings have played in three NFC Championship games with three different quarterbacks.
Minnesota’s Bud Grant and Dallas’ Tom Landry were legendary head coaches who were responsible for 9 combined Super Bowl berths from 1966-79. Grant retired in 1985, and Landry was fired in 1989. Since those times, the Minnesota Vikings have had five head coaches (Burns, Green, Tice, Childress, Frazier) to the Dallas Cowboys’ seven (Johnson, Switzer, Gailey, Campo, Parcells, Phillips, Garrett).
The Minnesota Vikings have faced all of the Dallas Cowboys head coaches. The Dallas Cowboys did not ever face Les Steckel, the Vikings’ head coach in 1984.
In hosting the Minnesota Vikings for the first time at home, the Dallas Cowboys are 1-1.
This is the first time the Minnesota Vikings will play in AT&T Stadium. Here is the Vikings records in the other venues the Cowboys have called home;
Cotton Bowl: 0-2
Texas Stadium: 7-3
The Dallas Cowboys are 0-5 against the Minnesota Vikings in the month of November.