Over the past 25 years, 1996-2020, the Dallas Cowboys have had only 12 winning seasons – that’s less than half. In the last 25 years, the Cowboys have appeared in zero Super Bowls, zero conference championship games, and have not won a single divisional playoff game. Zero.
By comparison, in the 26 years prior to ’96, the Dallas Cowboys appeared in eight Super Bowls and won five of them. They appeared in 14 conference championship games, and won a whopping 30 total postseason games. Did you catch that? From 1970 – 1995, the Cowboys played in more than half of the NFC conference championship games.
In the last 25 years, the Cowboys have fewer winning seasons than they had conference championship game appearances in the prior 26 years.
In the last 25 years, only six NFL teams have failed to win a divisional playoff game: Miami Dolphins, Washington Deadskins, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, and Dallas Cowboys. That’s good company right there.
Over the last 25 years, the most consistent thing in sports is that the Cowboys will not be relevant. Just as consistent is the certainty with which Cowboys fans declare every year that this is the year they break through and go to the Super Bowl.