(Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon evades the Dallas Cowboys’ secondary in the Washington’s 38-31 win over Dallas Nov. 22 at Cowboys Stadium. Garçon scored a 59-yard touchdown on the play – the third of four passing touchdowns of the second quarter for the Redskins. [AP photo])
The Redskins have played the Cowboys 105 times in the regular season and postseason combined. The two teams are not only NFC East rivals, but combine to create one of the best rivalries in the NFL. The squads have squared off twice a year since the Cowboys were moved to the Eastern Conference in 1961.
The Redskins, originating from the Boston Braves, have been in Washington for the duration of this rivalry. Cowboys Stadium is located in Arlington, Texas, and the team’s facilities are in Irving.
The Redskins won the first-ever matchup between the two teams, 26-14, on Oct. 9, 1960, at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. In the first four games between the franchises, the Redskins would win two and tie two games with the Cowboys, not losing until the fifth game, in 1962.
The Redskins have beaten the Cowboys twice in the playoffs, and both times in the NFC Championship game to send them to the Super Bowl.
The first playoff battle between the Redskins and Cowboys occurred on New Year’s Eve, 1972, when Washington welcomed Dallas to RFK Stadium in downtown D.C. Rolling on all cylinders, Charley Taylor caught two Billy Kilmer passes for touchdowns, and the Redskins rolled to a 26-3 victory. The Redskins would fall to the undefeated Dolphins in Super Bowl VII.
The next playoff matchup occurred on Jan. 22, 1983, when the Redskins again played host to the Cowboys at RFK Stadium. Pitting the two top-seeded NFC teams against one another, the game was close until Washington defensive end Dexter Manley tipped a pass intended for Dallas running back Tony Dorsett. The ball landed in the hands of Redskins lineman Darryl Grant, who lumbered into the end zone for the game-sealing score.
The last matchup between the two teams saw a 38-31 Redskins win on Nov. 22. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III paced the Washington offense by completing 20-of-28 passes for 311 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He completed touchdown passes to four different receivers – Aldrick Robinson, Pierre Garçon, Santana Moss and tight end Niles Paul. Running back Alfred Morris ran 24 times for 113 yards and a touchdown.
The defense was led by a combined eight tackles from middle linebacker Perry Riley. Cornerbacks Josh Wilson (six tackles, forced fumble) and DeAngelo Hall (three tackles, two passes defensed and an interception) also led the way and were aided by linebacker London Fletcher (interception) and defensive end Stephen Bowen and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, each of whom had a sack.
The Cowboys lead the all-time series against the Redskins 62-41-2.
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