I’ve got some good news and some bad news.
For those of you looking for positive vibes, the Washington Redskins on Sunday will be playing their second-ever Sunday Night Football game on Dec. 30. The last time the Redskins suited up on that date in primetime was in 2001, when they scored 40 unanswered points to blow out the host New Orleans Saints, 40-10, at the Superdome.
The bad news? Washington doesn’t have the most sterling of records vs. Sunday’s opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, in Sunday Night Football games.
The Redskins are 1-5 all-time in Sunday Night Football matchups against their rivals to the southwest:
- Nov. 5, 1989: 13-3 Cowboys
- Dec. 27, 1998: 23-7 Cowboys
- Sept. 17, 2006: 27-10 Cowboys
- Nov. 16, 2008: 14-10 Cowboys
- Dec. 27, 2009: 17-0 Cowboys
- Sept. 12, 2010: 13-7 Redskins
Overall, the Redskins are 15-15-1 all-time in games played on Sunday Night Football dating back to the team’s first appearance in 1987, a 23-21 loss to the Miami Dolphins in a rematch of Super Bowls VII and XVII.
In that game, the Redskins took a 14-9 lead going into the fourth quarter before the Dolphins went on a 14-7 run the rest of the way to claim the victory. Washington racked up 204 rushing yards that night — led by Kelvin Bryant’s 84 yards and a touchdown — but couldn’t keep up with Miami quarterback Dan Marino, who completed 22 of his 50 passes for 393 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Washington would go on to lose its first three Sunday Night Football matchups before winning three in a row against the Phoenix Cardinals, Detroit Lions and New York Giants in the 1990 and 1991 seasons.
The Redskins also had a five-game Sunday Night Football winning streak from 1999 to 2002, with wins over the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Giants, New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts.
There have been two overtime games and one tie in the Redskins’ Sunday Night Football history. In 1997, the Redskins and the Giants played to a 7-7 tie in Landover, Md. The Redskins’ lone score came in the second quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Gus Frerotte (anybody remember the infamous Frerotte headbutt?), while New York responded a quarter later with a four-yard pass-and-catch from quarterback Danny Kanell to Chris Calloway.
On Dec. 26, 1999, the Redskins went into Candlestick Park in San Francisco and pulled out a 26-20 overtime victory over the 49ers. Washington scored 10 unanswered fourth-quarter points to tie the game going into overtime, and won on a 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brad Johnson to fullback Larry Centers.
So here’s to continuing one Sunday Night Football trend — the Redskins’ Sunday Night Football history on Dec. 30 — and bucking another — their record vs. the Cowboys on SNF.
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