The Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys have played 31 times with the Browns holding a 17-14 edge. However, the majority of those wins came after 1960 when the Cowboys entered the league as an expansion franchise. Between 1960 and 1966, the Browns won 11/12 meetings. The next longest win streak by the Browns was three games from 1968 and 1969, which includes two Eastern Conference Championship games. Since then the Browns have won three games versus the Cowboys, once in 1979, 1988 and 1994. This series is earmarked by one team being a national powerhouse.
The Browns had a chance to beat the Cowboys in Dallas in 2012 but lost a heartbreaker in overtime in 2012. The Browns led the defending Super Bowl Champion Cowboys at halftime on the strength of a touchdown pass from QB Brandon Weeden to TE Benjamin Watson and two field goals from Phil Dawson. The Cowboys stormed back in the second half to take a 17-13 lead. But with 13:53 left in the game, Weeden found Watson in the end zone for a 20-17 lead. The Browns defense played great all game, sacking Dallas’ QB Tony Romo seven times, but couldn’t keep the Cowboys from driving late for a game-tying field goal with two seconds left in the game. The Cowboys would kick the game-winner in overtime with 12:58 left. Here are the highlights from the game and as you can see, the Browns had a chance to win this game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jnl7z1EyVfU.
The last time the Browns beat the Cowboys was in 1994 in Dallas. Three things made this game special. It was a Saturday game, it was the 75th anniversary of the NFL and the Cowboys were the defending NFL Super Bowl Champions. This Week 15 matchup featured the 10-4 Browns versus the 11-3 Cowboys. Playoff seeding was on the line for both teams. Besides the two head coaches, Browns’ Bill Belichick and Cowboys’ Barry Switzer, both teams were star-studded. The Cowboys had Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Jay Novacek, Charles Haley and Larry Brown. The Browns countered with Vinny Testaverde, Leroy Hoard, Eric Metcalf, Michael Dean Perry, Eric Turner and Antonio Langham. Instead of breaking down the game, I’ll just let you watch this 22:25 highlight of this game. Enjoy, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cGYnMx9Zjw.
As mentioned earlier, this series has been highlighted by one dominant team. Similar to 1994, Sunday’s game features two teams who appear to be even. Both teams have high scoring offenses and struggling pass defenses. The last time the Browns won, it was the 75th anniversary of the NFL. It would seem to be appropriate for the Browns to win on the 100th year anniversary matchup.