Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans and the Dallas Cowboys have met only 14 times during the regular season, with the series leaning 8-6 in favor of the Cowboys. The Cowboys defeated the Titans in the most recent matchup, winning 26-10 at Nissan Stadium on September 14th, 2014.
In the 2014 matchup, Titans tight end Delanie Walker caught 10 passes for 142 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown. However, it was not enough to keep up with the Cowboys, who used 167 rushing yards from DeMarco Murray and 103 receiving yards from Dez Bryant to get their first win at Nissan Stadium.
The last time the Titans visited the Cowboys was 2010. Rookie Marc Mariani’s 73-yard kickoff return helped set up Chris Johnson’s second touchdown run in the fourth quarter, which gave the Titans a 34-27 victory in their first and only appearance in the regular season at AT&T Stadium, which opened in 2009.
The teams first played each other in Dallas in 1970, the first year of the NFL/AFL merger. The Cowboys were victorious with a 52-10 win on their way to their first NFC title and an appearance in Super Bowl V.
In 2000, the teams met for the first time outside of Texas in Nashville on Christmas Night. With their 31-0 shutout of the Cowboys, the Titans clinched the AFC Central Division Championship, finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record for the second consecutive year.
While their regular season meetings have been infrequent, the two former in-state rivals once met routinely in the preseason. They have played a total of 34 preseason contests, including match-ups in a string of 31 consecutive preseasons from 1967-97. No other team has played more preseason games against the Titans/Oilers than the Cowboys. Most recently, the Titans helped open AT&T Stadium (then called Cowboys Stadium) on August 21st, 2009 with a 30-10 preseason loss.
Most Recent Matchups
2002 Week 2 • Sept. 15, 2002 • Titans 13 at COWBOYS 21
The Titans limit the Cowboys to 14 first downs and 67 rushing yards, but the Cowboys take the lead for good in the third quarter on Dexter Coakley’s 52-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Quincy Carter completes touchdown passes of 17 yards to Tony McGee and 38 yards to Joey Galloway. Steve McNair’s one-yard touchdown pass to Frank Wycheck caps a scoring drive in the first quarter that lasts more than eight minutes. McNair is injured running into the Dallas bench in the second quarter but returns after halftime.
2006 Week 4 • Oct. 1, 2006 • COWBOYS 45 at Titans 14
The Cowboys rush for 217 yards, including 122 yards from Julius Jones (one touchdown), while their defense forces three Titans turnovers. Titans rookie quarterback Vince Young makes his first career start, completing 14 of 29 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown.
Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe totals 13 completions on 20 attempts for 179 yards and two touchdown passes to Terry Glenn. Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is ejected in the third quarter for unsportsmanlike conduct.
2010 Week 5 • Oct. 10, 2010 • TITANS 34 at Cowboys 27
Chris Johnson rushes for 131 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Vince Young completes two touchdown passes. The Titans defense forces three interceptions and notches six sacks of Tony Romo to counter Romo’s 406 passing yards and three touchdowns.
After the Cowboys tie the score at 27-27 on an 18-yard touchdown reception by Jason Witten, Marc Mariani returns the ensuing kickoff 73 yards to set up Johnson’s game-winning touchdown.
2014 Week 2 • Sept. 14, 2014 • COWBOYS 26 at Titans 10
The Cowboys jump out to a 16-0 lead at halftime, rush for 220 yards, force two interceptions and get four field goals from Dan Bailey. DeMarco Murray rushes for 167 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys, while Dez Bryant catches 10 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Cowboys have a 41:11 time of possession.
Titans tight end Delanie Walker catches 10 passes for 142 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown catch.