The Dallas Cowboys in the subject year were 12-2, which was their best record ever. They could have won the Capital Division in their sleep. After a 1-2 start, the Cleveland Browns replaced Frank Ryan at quarterback with Bill Nelson. The Browns went 9-2 the rest of the way. They won the Century Division with a 10-4 record, 1/2 game ahead of the 9-4-1 St. Louis Cardinals. The Cleveland recorded one of their biggest regular season wins ever. They defeated the Colts at Baltimore 30 to 20. It was the Colts only loss of the season.
The Cowboys biggest win of the season was at home in Week 2. They got their fourth consecutive win over the Browns 28 to 7. Dan Reeves carried 17 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Bob Lilley and company sacked Frank Ryan five times for 34 yards in losses.
The two teams met at Cleveland for the Eastern Conference Playoff with Dallas a heavy favorite. For the first 29 minutes, game was a defensive struggle. The Cowboys led 10 to 3 with the Browns having the ball at midfield. Dallas Linebacker Chuck Howley returned a fumble 45 yards for the only touchdown. At this point, Bill Nelson threw a 45 yard touchdown pass to Leroy Kelley for a tie at 10 by halftime.
Dallas received the second half kickoff. On the Cowboys’ first two first down plays, Don Meredith threw pass interceptions; one to Dale Lindsay and the other to Ben Davis. Both interception yielded quick touchdowns. Browns led 24 to 10 and were in complete control thereafter. Leroy Kelly carried 20 times for 87 yards. Browns on top 31 to 20.
In the NFL Title game, the Baltimore Colts avenged their one loss of the season. The obliterated the Cleveland Browns 34 to 0.