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The 1998 Dallas Cowboys season would mark their 39th in the NFL and team owner Jerry Jones would hire former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Chan Gailey to be the fourth head coach of the Dallas Cowboys franchise.

Regular season

Gailey would revitalize the Cowboys offense, particularly the running game, which had seen a recent decline despite the presence of running back Emmitt Smith. The trio of Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin helped the Cowboys be the first ever NFC East team to sweep their division en route to capturing the NFC East title, the team's sixth of the 90's. The Cowboys would later encounter the Arizona Cardinals for the third time that season in the NFC Wild Card Game, but would lose in a stunning upset in the first round at Texas Stadiummarker. Ironically, Cornerback Deion Sanders would suffer an injury to his toe in a regular season victory over Arizona and made a surprise return against the same team in the playoff loss. It was an outstanding season for Sanders, who played so well on defense and special teams during a win over the New York Giants that a "primetime" award for him.

Troy Aikman was injured in a week two loss at Denver and missed the next 5 games. Jason Garrett started all games during Aikman's absence and went 3-2 as the starting quarterback.

Notable additions to the team that year include defensive end Greg Ellis and offensive tackle Flozell Adams.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 6 1998 Arizona Cardinals W 38-10
2 September 13 1998 at Denver Broncos L 42-23
3 September 21 1998 at New York Giants W 31-7
4 September 27 1998 Oakland Raiders L 13-12
5 October 4 1998 at Washington Redskins W 31-10
6 October 11 1998 Carolina Panthers W 27-20
7 October 18 1998 at Chicago Bears L 13-12
8 Bye
9 November 2 1998 at Philadelphia Eagles W 34-0
10 November 8 1998 New York Giants W 16-6
11 November 15 1998 at Arizona Cardinals W 35-28
12 November 22 1998 Seattle Seahawks W 30-22
13 November 26 1998 Minnesota Vikings L 46-36
14 December 6 1998 at New Orleans Saints L 22-3
15 December 13 1998 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20-17
16 December 20 1998 Philadelphia Eagles W 13-9
17 December 27 1998 Washington Redskins W 23-7


Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 6 0 .625 381 275 W-2
Arizona Cardinals 9 7 0 .563 325 378 W-3
New York Giants 8 8 0 .500 287 309 W-4
Washington Redskins 6 10 0 .375 319 421 L-1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 13 0 .188 161 344 L-3


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