The 1979 Dallas Cowboys season was their 20th in the league….as the team was unable to improve on their previous season output of 12–4 by winning only eleven games…..as they qualified for the playoffs, but lost in the Divisional round….when they still possessed a great offense….but suffered defensive losses as defensive tackle Jethro Pugh retired, safety Charlie Waters missed the season with injury, Ed “Too Tall” Jones left the team while he embarked on a professional boxing career and Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson was cut in November for erratic play and behavior. The season began 8–2 before a three-game losing streak placed the season in jeopardy….but the team rallied to win their final three to finish at 11–5 and gain the # 1 seed in the NFC….when in the season’s final regular season game against the Redskins….with the NFC East Title on the line….QB Roger Staubach rallied the Cowboys from a 34–21 deficit in the last four minutes to win, 35–34…..which turned out to be Staubach’s last win. The Cowboys were upset at home in the divisional playoff by the Rams and Staubach retired after the season.
The 1979 Chicago Bears season was their 60th regular season…..and 14th postseason completed in the National Football League…..as the team finished with a 10–6 record under second year coach Neill Armstrong….but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the opening round of the playoffs. As seen in this video herewith….the Bears took on the Dallas Cowboys in week 3 of the 1981 NFL season….in what came down to a last minute victory led by QB Roger Staubach in a 24 – 21 victory by the Pokes….as evidenced by this NFL Films Game of the Week highlights video narrated by Harry Kalas.