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    • The Cowboys-Redskins Rivalry -- as of 1986, the 50th anniversary of the Redskins

      From GameDay Magazine
      Redskin Edition
      Volume 49, Number 9, November 23, 1986

      Redskins and Cowboys Renew Series That America Waits and Watches For

      In Hollywood, the Cowboys and Indians are always fighting it out. In the NFL, it’s basically the same. Except these Cowboys wear blue and grey and do their rompin’ in Dallas, and these Redskins wear burgundy and gold and do their hootin’ and hollerin’ in Washington.

      But when they clash, no prisoners are taken. A mere mention of a Redskins-Cowboys game stirs the excitement in a football fan’s heart. No other rivalry in sports can equal it. The teams have met twice in the NFC Championship Game with the Redskins coming out on top both times. But the Cowboys have had their moments in this series also.

      The unforgettable moments in the series are almost becoming too many to recount. “Sweeney, I’m coming over you.” That’s what quarterback Billy Kilmer barked in the huddle, just seconds before he scored in overtime on a quarterback sneak that beat the Cowboys in 1975.

      If Staubach scrambles, he scrambles at his own risk.” That was George Allen’s battlecry of the early 70’s.

      There was Ken Houston’s goal line stop of Walt Garrison, and Clint Longley’s unforgettable touchdown pass in the final minute on a Thanksgiving Day; and the time the Cowboys came back from a 13-point deficit in the final minute to knock the Redskins out of the playoffs and the NFC East title, 35-34.

      Topping all thrills, of course, for Redskin fans, are the two NFC Championship victories in 1972 and 1982, respectively. The game on New Year’s Eve, 1972, was a memorable one for the Redskins as they dominated the Cowboys, 26-3, in RFK to earn a berth in Super Bowl VII {Note from Doc: This is the game from which I have one of my most pride possessions which some of you have seen pictures of—a Redskins goalpost pad} On that day, the Redskins were near perfect.

      The 1982 Championship was the “Fans’ Super Bowl” as the Redskins turned back repeated Cowboy surges en route to a 31-17 win and a berth in Super Bowl XVII where they eventually captured the World Championship {Note from Doc: Was at this Super Bowl! Had pocket picked, lost all money, fellow fans paid for my cab to the airport but all was good as we won!} Who could possibly forget Dexter Manley batting the pass high in the air, and then Darryl Grant, comforting the ball in his arms, and high-stepping into the end zone? In each of the last two seasons, the Redskins have won Week 15 battles in Texas Stadium to take command of the Eastern Division race.

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      MEMORIES . . . Here are capsules of some great Dallas-Washington games of just the last 15 years.

      1971—Washington 20, Dallas 16—George Allen’s first contest against the Cowboys produces this win in the Cotton Bowl. Fullback Charley Harraway rushed for 111 yards in a driving rain, including a 57-yard first quarter TD.

      1972—Washington 26, Dallas 3—The Redskins won their first championship in 30 years and a trip to the Super Bowl with this near-flawless New Year’s Eve gem {Doc’s note: Was at this game!} The Redskins stopped the Cowboys with only eight first downs and got two touchdown passes from Billy Kilmer to Charley Taylor.

      1973—Washington 14, Dallas 7—In a Monday night TV battle, safety Ken Houston stopped Walt Garrison just inches short of the goal on a fourth-down pass with 38 seconds remaining to preserve the victory. {Doc’s note: Was at this game too!}

      1974—Dallas 24, Washington 23—Thanksgiving Day, backup QB Clint Longley replaced kayoed Staubach in the third period and rallied the Cowboys from a 23-10 deficit to win on a 50-yard TD heave to Drew Pearson with only 28 seconds remaining.

      1975—Washington 30, Dallas 24—In overtime, Ken Houston intercepted a Staubach pass and returned it to midfield. Kilmer took over and drove the Redskins for a touchdown, scoring himself on a quarterback sneak to lift the Redskins into a first-place tie with Dallas midway through the season.

      1976—Washington 27, Dallas 14—In the final game of the season, the Redskins faced elimination from the playoffs, but scored twice in the fourth quarter to win for the first time in Texas Stadium.

      1977—Dallas 14, Washington 7—The Cowboys pulled off the first series sweep since 1970 as Staubach engineered two second-half touchdowns in this RFK Stadium contest.

      1978—Washington 9, Dallas 5—In another Monday Night TV thriller, Mark Moseley hit on field goals of 52, 42, and 27 yards. The Redskins held the Cowboy without a touchdown for the first time since the NFC title win. Joe Theismann celebrated, giving the Cowboys a meaningless safety in the final minute.

      1979—Washington 34, Dallas 20—Theismann passed for three touchdowns, leading the Redskins into a tie for the division lead after 12 weeks.

      1979—Dallas 35, Washington 34—This season-ending contest, voted the NFL’s best regular season game of the decade, saw the Redskins bolt to a 17-0 lead, only to have Dallas move in front 21-17. The Redskins seemingly had the game won when John Riggins thundered 66 yards for a 34-21 advantage, but Staubach led the Cowboys to two TDs in the final four minutes, including the game-winning TD toss to Tony Hill with only 42 seconds remaining. Time ran out as Mark Moseley prepared to kick a possible game-winning field goal. The loss knocked the Redskins out of the playoffs and the NFC East championship.

      1980—Dallas 14, Washington 10—Cowboys defensive lineman Larry Cole, a Redskins nemesis, interepted a pass and rumbled 43 yards for a TD, securing the Dallas victory despite the Redskins’ 406-314 edge in total yardage.

      1981—Dallas 24, Washington 10—The Cowboys interrupted the Redskins’ four-game winning streak under new coach Joe Gibbs as Tony Dorsett rushed for 115 yards and Danny White threw a pair of TD passes.

      1982—Washington 31, Dallas 17—The Redskins earned a trip to their second Super Bowl by avenging their only loss of the season—with strong affirmation. Rafael Septien gave the Cowboys their only lead of the game, 3-0, in the first quarter, but a Joe Theismann-to-Charlie Brown 19-yard TD pass put the Redskins on top for good. Before a record 55,045 people (0 no-shows), the Redskins upped their lead to 21-10 on two John Riggins touchdown runs. The Cowboys cut the lead to 21-17, but Mel Kaufman’s interception led to a Moseley field goal, and then a Dexter Manley batted pass fell in the hands of Darryl Grant for the game-clinching score.

      The win sent the Redskins to Pasadena to take on the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. The rest is history.

      1983-Washington 31, Dallas 10—In Week 15 showdown for Eastern Division command, th Redskin defense sparks the victory in Texas Stadium, the Redskins’ seventh in a row. Holding Dorsett to a mere 34 yards, Washington also intercepted White three times (twice by Greg Williams), and sacked him three times. Theismann passed for two touchdowns, to Monk (6 for 119) and Didier, while Riggins bulled for 89 yards and two more TDs. The Redskin defense set one Cowboy mark (fewest yards rushing (20 for 33)) and tied another (worst loss in Texas Stadium history).

      1984—Washington 34, Dallas 14—In gaining their fifth consecutive win, the Redskins piled up 241 yards of rushing offense to grind down the Cowboys 34-14. Riggins had 165 of those yards, with Theismann throwing three touchdown passes, one an 80-yarder to Calvin Muhammad. Monte Coleman got the win started with a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown.

      1984—Washington 30, Dallas 28—This Week 15 battle for the Division lead saw the Redskins overcome a 21-6 halftime deficit sparked by Darrell Green’s interception return for a TD, and Calvin Muhammad’s touchdown catch.. John Riggins’ touchdown gave the Redskins a first-ever sweep of the Cowboys and a third straight win over them.

      I know there’s been other thrillers since these. Who could forget the Monday Night Miracle (many of my friends, both Redskin fans and Cowboy fans), as well as my father-in-law turned the game off and I was the bearer of the wonderful news the next morning). And of course who could forget the muffed field goal, brought back by Sean Taylor, who was facemasked and we won with a field goal? Even the NFL posted the winners as the Cowboys before the gun sounded (unfortunately I am unable to find my screenshot of this)

      So WE WANT DALLAS... and let's regroup and get a win tomorrow!!!!
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Doc's Blast from the Past started by Docsandy View original post
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