The Cowboys have played four times on Christmas Day in franchise history. They have lost the last two, falling to Tennessee, 31-0, in 2000 and to the Philadelphia Eagles, 23-7, in 2006.
Now the Cowboys have a date with the Arizona Cardinals.
Interim coach Jason Garrett was asked earlier this week about playing on Christmas Day given the spiritual significance of the day for many people.
“It’s probably a bigger question than I can answer, but in general one of the great things for our sport is a lot of people gravitate towards football,” he said. “Certainly Thanksgiving is a big time. And around the holiday season, Christmas and the New Year’s, people love to have dinner, congregate, be with family and friends and watch football. We’re fortunate to be in this league, a part of this football team and playing Christmas night. Sometimes you have to work out some family logistics, but we’ll make it work.”
One of the players in that position is inside linebacker Bradie James.
James’ wife Star is expecting the couple’s first child in January. James said he’s going to have a boy, but he’s hopeful his wife doesn’t have the baby early -- like on Christmas Day.
“It’s Christmas, the day we celebrate Christ being born, so it might be a special day,” James said. “The due date is January; he's a big boy, hence me he might come early.”