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Redskins-Cowboys Rivalry Heated Past

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 9, 2013 – 9:56 am

[Capping off a 140-yard, two touchdown effort is the end zone dive for John Riggins in the NFC Championship Game in January 1983. (AP Image)]

[Capping off a 140-yard, two touchdown effort is the end zone dive for John Riggins in the NFC Championship Game in January 1983. (AP Image)]

Rivals since the beginning, the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys will meet for the 107th time on Sunday.

The Redskins won the first ever meeting between the two franchises on October 9th, 1960 26-14. While it may have been the only win of the season, it’s always that much better to know it came against Dallas. Led by quarterback Ralph Gugliemi, the Redskins offense scored in every quarter. The constant attack was too much for the Cowboys inept offense.

Last seeing each other on Sunday Night Football in Week 17 last season, the hated rivalry was officially renewed due to legendary performances by rookies Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris.

On Thanksgiving Day, Griffin III led the Redskins to 28 second quarter points on only 19 plays. Despite a late comeback attempt, the defense was able to hold off the Cowboys just long enough in the second half to escape Cowboys Stadium with a 38-31 victory.

The victory jumpstarted a stagnant first half of the season for the burgundy and gold. Just five weeks later, in the least expected moment of the 2012 NFL season, the two met at FedExField with an NFC East title and playoff berth on the line.

Overloading on the fear that Griffin III was going to torch them once again, the defense committed all of their efforts on containing him. Somehow, even with 1,415 yards entering the game, they forgot to plan for Morris.

Ehh—they probably did have him in their notes. He’s just that good.

Shattering Clinton Portis’ franchise single season rushing record, No. 46 ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns—the last of which secured the first NFC East crown in 13 years.

The two have also met in the playoffs twice—the first of which was in 1972.

After surpassing the Cowboys on the last week of the season in a tight NFC East race, Washington hosted Dallas at RFK Stadium in the NFC Conference Championship. Looking to make the Super Bowl for the third consecutive season, they were confident that they’d escape the bouncing bleachers with a victory.

But, behind two Charley Taylor touchdowns, four Curt Knight field goals and a defensive performance for the ages, the Redskins soundly defeated the Cowboys 26-3 to clinch their first Super Bowl appearance.

Due to the lockout in 1982, the NFL installed a one-time only, corky playoff format that allowed 16 teams in. The top two seeds in the NFC portion of the bracket, the two squared off at RFK Stadium once again with a Super Bowl appearance hanging in the balance.

Up 21-17 after three quarter, the Redskins turned to their defense to carry them to victory. Intercepting the Cowboys twice in the last 10 minutes, the Redskins ran away with a 31-17 victory.

The Cowboys lead the series all-time with a record of 62-42-2.

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4 Responses to “Redskins-Cowboys Rivalry Heated Past”

  1. By Gregory humphrey on Oct 9, 2013 | Reply

    Two Charlie Taylor touchdowns

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