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Monday, December 16, 2013
Cowboys tie mark for one-point losses

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- With Sunday’s 37-36 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys made history.

Maybe not quite the history of allowing more yards in a game in franchise history twice in a span of three games. Maybe not as bad as allowing an NFL-record 40 first downs to the New Orleans Saints. Maybe not as bad as seeing five quarterbacks throw four touchdown passes against them this season.

The one-point loss to the Packers was the Cowboys’ third of the season, tying them for the most one-point losses in a single season in NFL history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They lost 17-16 to the Kansas City Chiefs and 31-30 to the Detroit Lions.

Perhaps that will factor into any decision Jerry Jones makes regarding a coaching change. He can say the Cowboys were just three points away from being a true contender if they fail to make the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Just because it is a fact, doesn’t make it true.

With two games to go, the Cowboys could make more history with another one-point loss.

It might not bode well for Jason Garrett.

The last two teams that suffered three one-point losses in the same season made coaching changes. In 1997, Joe Bugel’s Oakland Raiders finished 4-12 with three one-point defeats and Al Davis decided to bring in Jon Gruden as head coach. In 1988, the Chiefs finished 4-11-1 and Frank Gansz was replaced by Marty Schottenheimer.

The 1984 Chiefs also had three one-point defeats but that was just John Mackovic's second year. He would last only two more seasons. The 1984 Philadelphia Eagles, coached by Marion Campbell, had three one-point losses in their 6-9-1 season. Campbell did not make it through the 1985 season.