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    Dallas Cowboys Playoff History: Wins, Super Bowl Appearances, and More

    How have the Dallas Cowboys fared in the postseason throughout the team's history? We dive deep into the NFL record books to find out.

    The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most storied franchises in NFL history. With dominance through a number of decades under their belts, the team was once synonymous with success. Today, we dive into the postseason record books to find out exactly how much success the Cowboys have had throughout their long history.

    *We’ll only consider appearances from the 1970 merger onward.

    Dallas Cowboys Playoff Appearances and Results by Year

    • 2021
      • Division: Lost 23-17 vs. 49ers
    •  2018
      • Wild Card: Won 24-22 vs. Seattle
      • Division: Lost 30-22 @ Rams
    • 2016
      • Division: Lost 34-31 vs. Packers
    •  2014
      • Wild Card: Won 24-20 vs. Lions
      • Division: Lost 26-21 @ Packers
    •  2009
      • Wild Card: Won 34-14 vs. Eagles
      • Division: Lost 34-3 @ Vikings
    •  2007
      • Division: Lost 21-17 vs. Giants
    •  2006
      • Wild Card: Lost 21-20 vs. Steelers
    • 2003
      • Wild Card: Lost 29-10 vs. Panthers
    • 1999
      • Wild Card: Lost 27-10 vs. Vikings
    • 1998
      • Wild Card: Lost 20-7 vs. Cardinals
    • 1996
      • Wild Card: Won 40-15 vs. Vikings
      • Divisional Round: Lost 26-17 @ Panthers
    • 1995
      • Division: Won 30-11 vs. Eagles
      • Conference Championship: Won 38-27 vs. Packers
      • Super Bowl: Won 27-17 vs. Steelers
    • 1994
      • Division: Won 35-9 vs. Packers
      • Conference Championship: Lost 38-28 @ 49ers
    • 1993
      • Division: Won 27-17 vs. Packers
      • Conference Championship: Won 38-21 vs. 49ers
      • Super Bowl: Won 30-13 vs. Buffalo
    • 1992
      • Division: Won 34-10 vs. Eagles
      • Conference Championship: Won 30-20 @ 49ers
      • Super Bowl: Won 52-17 vs. Buffalo
    • 1991
      • Wild Card: Won 17-13 @ Bears
      • Divisional Round: Lost 38-6 vs. Lions
    • 1985
      • Wild Card: Lost 20-0 @ Rams
    • 1983
      • Wild Card: Lost 24-17 vs. Rams
    • 1982
      • Wild Card: Won 30-17 vs. Buccaneers
      • Divisional Round: Won 37-26 vs. Packers
      • Conference Championship: Lost 31-17 @ Washington
    • 1981
      • Divisional Round: Won 38-0 vs. Buccaneers
      • Conference Championship: Lost 28-27 @ 49ers
    • 1980
      • Wild Card: Won 34-13 vs. Rams
      • Divisional Round: Won 30-27 @ Falcons
      • Conference Championship: Lost 20-7 @ Eagles
    • 1979
      • Divisional Round: Lost 21-19 vs. Rams
    • 1978
      • Division: Won 27-20 vs. Falcons
      • Conference Championship: Won 28-0 @ Rams
      • Super Bowl: Lost 31-35 vs. Steelers
    • 1977
      • Division: Won 37-7 vs. Bears
      • Conference Championship: Won 23-6 vs. Vikings
      • Super Bowl: Won 27-10 vs. Broncos
    • 1976
      • Division: Lost 14-12 vs. Rams
    • 1975
      • Division: Won 17-14 @ Vikings
      • Conference Championship: Won 37-7 @ Rams
      • Super Bowl: Lost 21-17 vs. Steelers
    • 1973
      • Divisional Round: Won 27-16 vs. Rams
      • Conference Championship: Lost 27-10 vs. Vikings
    • 1972
      • Divisional Round: Won 30-28 vs. 49ers
      • Conference Championship: Lost 26-3 vs. Washington
    • 1971
      • Divisional Round: Won 20-12 @ Vikings
      • Conference Championship: Won 14-3 vs. 49ers
      • Super Bowl: Won 24-3 vs. Dolphins
    • 1970
      • Division: Won 5-0 vs. Lions
      • Conference Championship: Won 17-10 @ 49ers
      • Super Bowl: Lost 16-13 vs. Baltimore Colts

    Cowboys Playoff History FAQ

    The Cowboys’ wild and winding postseason record contains some of the most storied games in NFL history. Let’s break down some of the top highlights.

    What’s the Cowboys’ Playoff Win/Loss Record?

    The Cowboys have a 34-25 postseason record following the NFL’s 1970 merger.

    How Many Times Have the Cowboys Been to the Playoffs?

    The 2022 season notwithstanding, the Cowboys have been to the playoffs 31 times. Throughout both the ’70s and ’90s, the Cowboys were one of the most dominant teams in the league. Those two decades combined account for 26 of their 34 postseason victories.

    How Many Super Bowl Appearances Do the Cowboys Have?

    The Dallas Cowboys have appeared in the Super Bowl eight times. In total, five of those eight appearances were during to ’70s. The Cowboys made the Super Bowl in 1970, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1992, 1993, and 1995.

    How Many Super Bowls Have the Cowboys Won?

    The Cowboys have won a total of five Super Bowls. Their Super Bowl success can be divided between two decades. Their first dynasty was in the 1970s, when they played in five Super Bowls, winning two. They did not find much success after that until the early 1990s, when they went to and won three Super Bowls, including back-to-back wins in ’92 and ’93.

    When Was the Last Time the Cowboys Made the Super Bowl?

    The Cowboys have not made the Super Bowl since the 1995 season when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers to bring home the Lombardi Trophy. One of the greatest running backs of all time, Emmitt Smith, rushed for two touchdowns, and Troy Aikman added another in the air to secure the victory.

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