Redskins - Cowboys: An uneasy history

Redskins - Cowboys: An uneasy history
December 17, 2010, 3:18 pm
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By Rich Tandler
Redskins Blogger

The First Time Redskins 28, Cowboys 28, November 11, 1961, Cotton BowlThe Redskins came into the game saddled with a 17-game losing streak, so the fact that they didnt lose was a big plus for them, even though the blew a 21-7 halftime lead. After Dallas tied it at 21, quarterback Norm Snead put the Redskins ahead with a one-yard sneak but former Redskin quarterback Eddie LeBaron tied it back up with a two-yard touchdown flip to Dick Bielski. The Last Time Cowboys 7, Redskins 6, November 22, 2009, Texas StadiumIt looked like the Redskins had the Cowboys right where they wanted them but it turned out that the opposite was true. Washington had a 6-0 lead and moved into position for a field goal that would make it a two-score game in the fourth quarter. But Shaun Suisham's 50-yard effort missed and Dallas drove to take a 7-6 lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Patrick Crayton with 4:52 left to play. The Redskins' subsequent drive fizzled and Dallas took the win. The Best Time Redskins 31, Cowboys 10, December 11, 1983, Texas StadiumThis contest between 12-2 teams was as hyped as any regular-season contest ever, billed by CBS simply as The Game. The Redskins got into the spirit of things, boarding the airplane for Dallas dressed in combat fatigues. The game started off with a Washington blitzkrieg as the Redskins scored touchdowns on their first two possessions. Their momentum was blunted, however, when John Riggins was stuffed on a fourth and inches play and Dallas rebounded to make it 14-10 at the half. On their first possession of the second half, the Cowboys faced fourth and one at midfield. Dallas coach Tom Landry instructed quarterback Danny White to try to draw the Redskins offside with a long snap count and, should that fail, to take a delay of game penalty and punt. The TV cameras caught the look of horror on the usually stoic Landrys face as White called an audible to a handoff to tailback Ron Springs. You could read his lips as the coach yelled, No, Danny, no, no, no! and then swear as Springs was stopped for a two-yard loss by a whole battalion of burgundy-clad defenders. The Redskins didnt immediately capitalize, but the momentum clearly had swung back their way. Rookie Darrell Green intercepted a White pass, giving Washington possession at the Dallas 43. Joe Theismann went for it all on the next play, connecting with Art Monk for 43 yards and a touchdown to make it 21-10. In the fourth quarter a four-yard Riggins scoring run and a Mark Moseley field goal put the icing on the cake for Washington. The Worst Time Cowboys 35, Redskins 34, December 16, 1979, Texas StadiumGoing into the season finale, the postseason picture was very clear for the Redskins: a win would give them the division championship, a loss would knock them out of the playoffs. The game was a back and forth affair as Washington scored the games first 17 points and Dallas responded with a 21-0 run to claim the lead early in the third quarter. It was the Redskins turn again. They got a short field goal from Mark Moseley and then Mark Murphy intercepted a Roger Staubach pass to set up a one-yard John Riggins touchdown run. The game and the division title appeared to belong to the Redskins with 6:34 left to play after John Riggins burst through the line and accelerated past the Dallas secondary to complete a 66-yard touchdown run to put Washington up 34-21. They didnt call Staubach Captain Comeback for nothing, though. Taking advantage of a Washington fumble, he threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Ron Springs to pull Dallas with six. The Redskins couldnt get a first down to kill the clock and the dagger to the heart was applied with 42 seconds left as Staubach arched a seven-yard scoring toss to Tony Hill. All-time record at Dallas: 13-33-2
2000s2-8 Redskins single-game bests: Yards passing: Jason Campbell, 348, Nov. 18, 2007 L 28-23
Yards rushing: John Riggins, 165, Oct. 14, 1984 W 34-14
Yard receiving: Charley Taylor, 199, Nov. 13, 1966 L31.30
Interceptions: Jim Steffen, 3, Sept. 29, 1963 W 21-17 Information adapted from the book The Redskins Chronicle, by Rich Tandler. For more information, visit You can reach Rich by email at and follow him on Twitter @RealRedskins. Join Rich Tandler for an in-game chat during the Redskins-Cowboys game on Sunday. Things will get underway on shortly before kickoff at 12:45 Eastern and continue all game long.