WhatIfSports.com “played” the 1971 Dallas Cowboys against the 1976 Oakland Raiders 1,000 times. The 1971 Dallas Cowboys win 80% of the time by an average score of 22-13. An example boxscore with a similar outcome is below.
1971 Dallas Cowboys  at  1976 Oakland Raiders
Final - 12/18/2007 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
1971 Dallas Cowboys 7 7 0 7 21
1976 Oakland Raiders 0 6 0 7 13
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
DAL0:04TDWalt Garrison 1 yd. run (Clark kick)7-0
2nd Quarter
OAK10:22FGFred Steinfort 43 yds. 7-3
DAL6:07TDWalt Garrison 18 yd. run (Clark kick)14-3
OAK0:00FGFred Steinfort 28 yds. 14-6
4th Quarter
DAL11:20TDBob Hayes 4 yd. pass from Staubach (Clark kick)21-6
OAK1:38TDMark Van Eeghen 5 yd. run (Steinfort kick)21-13
 
Team Statistics
 1971 Dallas Cowboys1976 Oakland Raiders
First Downs 22 15
- Rushing 12 5
- Passing 10 10
- Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Eff 8/13 5/12
4th Down Eff 0/0 0/1
Rushes-Yards 46-204 27-113
Avg Rush 4.4 4.2
Comp-Att-Int 14-16-0 14-25-0
Passing Yards 177 200
Sacks-Yards 1-7 1-8
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Punts-Avg 2-37.5 5-39.6
KR-Avg 3-11.3 4-22.0
PR-Avg 5-10.8 2-4.0
Penalties-Yard 1-5 4-25
Time of Possession 37:33 22:27

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1971 Dallas Cowboys Individual Stats   1976 Oakland Raiders Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'71 Calvin Hill 11 82 1 25 0
'71 Duane Thomas 19 66 1 25 0
'71 Walt Garrison 12 48 0 18 2
'71 Bob Hayes 1 11 0 11 0
'71 Roger Staubach 3 -3 0 -1 0
 
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'76 Mark Van Eeghen 16 85 1 50 1
'76 Pete Banaszak 2 17 0 15 0
'76 Clarence Davis 7 10 0 6 0
'76 Cliff Branch 1 1 0 1 0
'76 Ken Stabler 1 0 0 0 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'71 Walt Garrison 4 67 0 0 18 0
'71 Lance Alworth 2 41 1 0 29 0
'71 Bob Hayes 3 33 1 0 22 1
'71 Calvin Hill 1 22 1 0 22 0
'71 Mike Ditka 3 14 0 0 14 0
'71 Duane Thomas 1 7 0 0 7 0
 
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'76 Cliff Branch 4 101 3 0 35 0
'76 Dave Casper 4 60 1 0 31 0
'76 Fred Biletnikoff 3 29 1 0 20 0
'76 Mark Van Eeghen 2 16 0 0 12 0
'76 Clarence Davis 1 2 0 0 2 0
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'71 Roger Staubach 14 16 184 1 0
 
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'76 Ken Stabler 14 25 208 0 0
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'71 Mike Clark - 41,43
 
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'76 Fred Steinfort 43,28 -

Player of the Game:
'71 Walt Garrison (1971 Dallas Cowboys)
TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F1st Quarter Play by Play
1976 Oakland (OAK) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 300 - 0K1976 Oakland (OAK) prepares to kickoff.
1971 Dallas (DAL) catch the ball at the DAL 10 and return it to the DAL 24.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 14:54
14:541/10own 240 - 0221 Staubach's pass is to Ditka who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 14 yd gain.
14:111/10own 380 - 0221 Thomas pounds ahead for 1 yard.
13:292/9own 390 - 0221 Thomas gains 3 yards up the middle.
12:463/6own 420 - 0131 Garrison is stopped at the line.
12:034/6own 420 - 0P1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for a punt.
1976 Oakland (OAK) return it to the OAK 25.
1976 Oakland (OAK) at 11:54
11:541/10own 250 - 0131 Stabler overthrows Biletnikoff and the pass is incomplete.
11:502/10own 250 - 0131 Van Eeghen is stopped at the line.
11:093/10own 250 - 0041 Stabler's pass is to Casper who makes the catch and falls forward for a 12 yd gain.
10:271/10own 370 - 0131 Stabler's pass is just out of reach of Branch. Incomplete pass.
10:222/10own 370 - 0221 Davis rushes for 6 yards off tackle right.
9:393/4own 430 - 0221 Van Eeghen pounds ahead for 2 yards.
9:004/2own 450 - 0P1976 Oakland (OAK) prepares for a punt.
1971 Dallas (DAL) return it to the DAL 16.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 8:50
8:501/10own 160 - 0131 Staubach's short pass is to Hayes. Catch is good and Hayes gets big yardage for a 22 yd gain, and is run out bounds.
8:031/10own 380 - 0221 Garrison pounds ahead for 6 yards.
7:232/4own 440 - 0140 Thomas is caught behind the line for a loss of 1 yard.
6:463/5own 430 - 0221 Staubach completes the pass to Garrison who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 16 yd gain.
5:591/10410 - 0131 Thomas picks his way for 10 yards.
5:191/10310 - 0221 Hill gets 1 yard on a pitch right.
PENALTY on OAK: Incidental Facemask, 5 yards enforced on the OAK 30.
4:381/4250 - 0221 Garrison gains 2 yards on a sweep left.
4:042/2230 - 0212 Garrison gains 2 yards up the middle.
3:301/10210 - 0221 Hill gets 2 yards on a pitch right.
2:502/8190 - 0212 Staubach's short pass is to Thomas who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting tackled for a 7 yd gain.
2:033/1120 - 0212 Thomas gains 3 yards on a sweep left before running out of bounds.
1:221/Goal90 - 0221 Hill picks up 8 yards on a draw play.
0:452/Goal10 - 0221 Thomas carries, but is tackled for no gain.
0:073/Goal10 - 0122 Garrison gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
1971 Dallas scores a touchdown!
0:04PAT 6 - 0FG1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 14 plays, 79 yds, 8:46
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 0:04
0:04Kickoffown 307 - 0K1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares to kickoff.
1976 Oakland (OAK) catch the ball at the OAK 9 and return it to the OAK 38.
End of 1st Quarter ... 1971 Dallas: 7 1976 Oakland: 0

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F2nd Quarter Play by Play
1976 Oakland (OAK) at 15:00
15:001/10own 387 - 0221 Stabler's short pass is to Casper who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 7 yd gain.
14:132/3own 457 - 0140 Van Eeghen picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
13:383/1own 477 - 0221 Van Eeghen gets 2 yards on a pitch right.
13:021/10own 497 - 0131 Stabler tosses the ball out to Biletnikoff who holds on to the ball, makes a few guys miss for a 20 yd gain.
12:161/10317 - 0221 Van Eeghen pounds ahead for 3 yards.
11:412/7287 - 0221 Banaszak gains 2 yards up the middle.
11:043/5267 - 0230 Stabler scrambles for no gain.
10:264/5267 - 0FG1976 Oakland (OAK) prepares for a FG attempt.
Steinfort's 43 yd. field goal is right down the middle!
Drive Summary: 7 plays, 36 yds, 4:34
1976 Oakland (OAK) at 10:22
10:22Kickoffown 307 - 3K1976 Oakland (OAK) prepares to kickoff.
1971 Dallas (DAL) catch the ball at the DAL 6 and return it to the DAL 26.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 10:15
10:151/10own 267 - 3221 Thomas picks his way for 25 yards.
9:321/10497 - 3221 PENALTY on OAK: Encroachment, 5 yards enforced on the OAK 49 - NO PLAY.
9:321/5447 - 3131 Hill carries, but is tackled for no gain.
8:572/5447 - 3131 Hill gains 2 yards up the middle.
8:163/3427 - 3131 Staubach zips the short pass to Ditka who makes the catch and falls forward for a 3 yd gain.
7:341/10397 - 3221 Staubach completes the pass to Garrison. Catch is good and Garrison gets some yardage for a 17 yd gain.
6:531/10227 - 3221 Thomas rushes for 4 yards off tackle right.
6:142/6187 - 3140 Garrison gains 18 yards up the middle.
1971 Dallas scores a touchdown!
6:07PAT 13 - 3FG1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 7 plays, 69 yds, 4:08
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 6:07
6:07Kickoffown 3014 - 3K1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares to kickoff.
1976 Oakland (OAK) catch the ball at the OAK 12 and return it to the OAK 31.
1976 Oakland (OAK) at 6:00
6:001/10own 3114 - 3221 Van Eeghen gets back to the line of scrimmage.
5:172/10own 3114 - 3221 Van Eeghen picks his way to the sidelines for 1 yard. Van Eeghen runs out of bounds.
4:393/9own 3214 - 3041 Stabler overthrows Biletnikoff and the pass is incomplete.
4:344/9own 3214 - 3P1976 Oakland (OAK) prepares for a punt.
1971 Dallas (DAL) return it to the DAL 35.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 4:22
4:221/10own 3514 - 3221 Garrison is stopped at the line.
3:442/10own 3514 - 3131 Thomas gets back to the line of scrimmage.
3:023/10own 3514 - 3131 Staubach hits Hill who makes a nice catch, sheds a tackle before getting leveled. 22 yd gain.
2:151/104314 - 3221 Thomas gains 1 yard up the middle.
2:002/94214 - 3131*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:002/94214 - 3212 Thomas gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
1:563/84114 - 3212*** 1971 Dallas (DAL) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:563/84114 - 3140 Staubach hits Rucker but in and out of his hands.
1:514/84114 - 3P1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for a punt.
1976 Oakland (OAK) return it to the OAK 7.
1976 Oakland (OAK) at 1:40
1:401/10own 714 - 3131 Davis is buried for a loss of 5 yards.
1:362/15own 214 - 3131*** 1976 Oakland (OAK) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:362/15own 214 - 3131 Branch picks up 1 yard on the end around and runs out of bounds.
1:323/14own 314 - 3041 Stabler's pass is to Branch who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 16 yd gain.
1:241/10own 1914 - 3221 Stabler hits Branch. Catch is good and Branch gets some yardage for a 25 yd gain.
0:591/10own 4414 - 3221 Davis pounds ahead for 3 yards.
0:552/7own 4714 - 3221*** 1976 Oakland (OAK) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:552/7own 4714 - 3221 Davis rushes for 2 yards off tackle right to the sidelines before getting out of bounds.
0:513/5own 4914 - 3230 Stabler hits Biletnikoff who makes the catch and falls forward for a 7 yd gain.
0:301/104414 - 3221 Stabler completes the pass to Casper who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 10 yd gain.
0:241/103414 - 3221 Stabler completes the pass to Van Eeghen who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 12 yd gain.
0:191/102214 - 3221 PENALTY on OAK: False Start, 5 yards enforced on the DAL 22 - NO PLAY.
0:191/152714 - 3131 Van Eeghen gains 1 yard on a sweep left before running out of bounds.
0:152/142614 - 3221 Banaszak rushes for 15 yards off tackle right to the sidelines before getting out of bounds.
0:091/101114 - 3221 Stabler's pass is just out of reach of Branch. Incomplete pass.
0:022/101114 - 3FG1976 Oakland (OAK) prepares for a FG attempt.
Steinfort's 28 yd. field goal is right down the middle!
Drive Summary: 12 plays, 87 yds, 1:38
End of 2nd Quarter ... 1971 Dallas: 14 1976 Oakland: 6

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F3rd Quarter Play by Play
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 3014 - 6K1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares to kickoff.
1976 Oakland (OAK) catch the ball at the OAK 5 and return it to the OAK 25.
1976 Oakland (OAK) at 14:53
14:531/10own 2514 - 6131 Van Eeghen picks up 1 yard on a draw play before running out of bounds.
14:152/9own 2614 - 6212 Stabler's pass is just out of reach of Branch. Incomplete pass.
14:083/9own 2614 - 6041 Stabler's pass is just out of reach of Siani. Incomplete pass.
14:014/9own 2614 - 6P1976 Oakland (OAK) prepares for a punt.
1971 Dallas (DAL) return it to the OAK 44.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 13:50
13:501/104414 - 6221 Thomas is caught behind the line for a loss of 1 yard.
13:082/114514 - 6131 Hill picks up 5 yards on a draw play before running out of bounds.
12:273/64014 - 6131 Garrison gains 11 yards up the middle.
11:451/102914 - 6221 Thomas picks up 1 yard off tackle left.
11:062/92814 - 6212 Hill gains 4 yards on a sweep left.
10:223/52414 - 6221 Staubach overthrows Alworth and the pass is incomplete.
10:154/52414 - 6FG1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for a FG attempt.
Clark's 41 yd. field goal attempt is wide right.
1976 Oakland (OAK) at 10:11
10:111/10own 3114 - 6221 Stabler's short pass is to Davis who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting tackled for a 2 yd gain.
9:292/8own 3314 - 6212 Stabler's long pass is to Casper who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 31 yd gain.
8:471/103614 - 6221 Davis picks up 5 yards off tackle left.
8:052/53114 - 6140 Stabler's short pass is to Biletnikoff who makes the catch and falls forward for a 2 yd gain.
7:223/32914 - 6221Stabler is sacked by Lee roy Caffey for 8 yards.
6:384/113714 - 6P1976 Oakland (OAK) prepares for a punt.
1971 Dallas (DAL) return it to the DAL 13.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 6:28
6:281/10own 1314 - 6131 Hill pounds ahead for 25 yards.
5:441/10own 3814 - 6221 Thomas gets back to the line of scrimmage.
5:022/10own 3814 - 6221 Staubach's pass is to Alworth who makes the catch and attempts to stretch forward, but loses the ball.
1976 Oakland (OAK) recovers the ball on the OAK 45.
1976 Oakland (OAK) at 4:51
4:511/10own 4514 - 6131 Van Eeghen is caught behind the line for a loss of 2 yards.
4:122/12own 4314 - 6131 Stabler's short pass is to Van Eeghen who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 4 yd gain.
3:323/8own 4714 - 6041 Stabler's pass is just out of reach of Branch. Incomplete pass.
3:254/8own 4714 - 6P1976 Oakland (OAK) prepares for a punt.
1971 Dallas (DAL) return it to the DAL 23.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 3:15
3:151/10own 2314 - 6221 Thomas gets 1 yard on a pitch right.
2:382/9own 2414 - 6212 Hayes runs a reverse for 11 yards.
1:591/10own 3514 - 6221Staubach is sacked by Phil Villapiano for 7 yards.
1:172/17own 2814 - 6212 Staubach's short pass is to Hayes who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting tackled for a 7 yd gain.
0:373/10own 3514 - 6131 Staubach completes the pass to Garrison who makes the catch and falls forward for a 18 yd gain.
0:001/104714 - 6221Time Expires
End of 3rd Quarter ... 1971 Dallas: 14 1976 Oakland: 6

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F4th Quarter Play by Play
15:001/104714 - 6221 Thomas gains 1 yard up the middle.
14:182/94614 - 6221 Hill rushes for 15 yards off tackle right.
13:361/103114 - 6221 Garrison gets 1 yard on a pitch right.
12:542/93014 - 6221 Staubach tosses the ball out to Ditka. Tackled for a loss of 3 yds.
12:163/123314 - 6041 Staubach hits Alworth who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 29 yd gain.
11:271/Goal414 - 6131 Staubach hits Hayes in the endzone.
1971 Dallas scores a touchdown!
11:20PAT 20 - 6FG1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 11 plays, 77 yds, 7:01
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 11:20
11:20Kickoffown 3021 - 6K1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares to kickoff.
1976 Oakland (OAK) catch the ball at the OAK 4 and return it to the OAK 24.
1976 Oakland (OAK) at 11:13
11:131/10own 2421 - 6221 Davis gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
PENALTY on OAK: Holding, 10 yards enforced on the OAK 24 - NO PLAY.
11:101/20own 1421 - 6221 Davis is buried for a loss of 2 yards.
10:272/22own 1221 - 6221 Stabler completes the pass to Branch. Catch is good and Branch gets big yardage for a 35 yd gain.
9:381/10own 4721 - 6221 Van Eeghen picks his way for 4 yards.
9:002/64921 - 6131 Van Eeghen rushes for 5 yards off tackle right.
8:183/14421 - 6212 Stabler hits Branch who holds on to the ball, makes a few guys miss for a 25 yd gain.
7:341/101921 - 6131 Stabler overthrows Siani in the endzone and the pass is incomplete.
7:252/101921 - 6212 Van Eeghen is stopped at the line.
6:553/101921 - 6041 Stabler overthrows Biletnikoff and the pass is incomplete.
6:484/101921 - 6140 Stabler overthrows Bradshaw in the endzone and the pass is incomplete.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 6:42
6:421/10own 1921 - 6131 Garrison gets 2 yards on a pitch right.
6:042/8own 2121 - 6221 Staubach hits Garrison who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 16 yd gain.
5:191/10own 3721 - 6221 Garrison pounds ahead for 2 yards.
4:402/8own 3921 - 6212 Hill pounds ahead for 16 yards.
3:561/104521 - 6221 Thomas gets 8 yards on a pitch right.
3:112/23721 - 6221 Thomas picks up 9 yards on a draw play.
2:261/102821 - 6131 Garrison picks his way for 3 yards.
2:222/72521 - 6131*** 1976 Oakland (OAK) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
2:222/72521 - 6212 Thomas is stopped at the line.
2:183/72521 - 6212*** 1976 Oakland (OAK) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
2:183/72521 - 6212 PENALTY on DAL: Illegal Motion, 5 yards enforced on the OAK 25 - NO PLAY.
2:183/123021 - 6212 Hill picks his way for 4 yards.
2:134/82621 - 6212*** 1976 Oakland (OAK) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
2:134/82621 - 6FG1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for a FG attempt.
Clark's 43 yd. field goal attempt is no good.
1976 Oakland (OAK) at 2:09
2:091/10own 3321 - 6221 Stabler's deep pass is broken up. Incomplete pass.
2:022/10own 3321 - 6131 Van Eeghen gains 11 yards up the middle.
1:571/10own 4421 - 6221*** 2 Minute Warning ***
1:571/10own 4421 - 6131 Van Eeghen gets 50 yards on a pitch right, and runs out of bounds.
1:461/Goal621 - 6131 Davis gains 1 yard on a sweep left before running out of bounds.
1:422/Goal521 - 6221 Van Eeghen pounds ahead for 5 yards.
1976 Oakland scores a touchdown!
1:38PAT 21 - 12FG1976 Oakland (OAK) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 5 plays, 67 yds, 0:31
1976 Oakland (OAK) at 1:38
1:38Kickoffown 3021 - 13K1976 Oakland (OAK) prepares for an onside kick.
1971 Dallas (DAL) recover the onside kick at the OAK 44.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 1:38
1:381/104421 - 13212Staubach takes a knee.
0:562/114521 - 13212Staubach takes a knee.
0:143/124621 - 13212Staubach takes a knee.
0:004/134721 - 13PTime Expires
End of 4th Quarter ... 1971 Dallas: 21 1976 Oakland: 13

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