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Throwback Thursday: 1995 Was A Good Year (To Beat The Dallas Cowboys)

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 19, 2013 – 12:29 pm



Among the turmoil that’s defined this season, the Dallas Cowboys offer a beacon of hope.

In his Wednesday press conference, Mike Shanahan said he did not relish playing the potential spoiler role. He’d rather be competing for playoff seedings.

But still, with as much bad blood as these teams harbor toward each other, #DallasWeek offers a nice oasis. The Redskins have a chance to inflict their pain on the Cowboys. Keeping Dallas at home during January could be a nice carrot.

So that got me thinking. How has Washington fared against Dallas during down seasons? I researched how every Redskins team with at least 10 losses played against the Cowboys.

In 14 seasons with double-digit losses, including 2013, Washington is 7-19-1 against Dallas.

The Redskins swept the Cowboys in 1995, a year Dallas would go on to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl.

On Oct. 1, 1995, Terry Allen rushed for 121 yards and scored touchdowns on the ground and through the air. Brian Mitchell piled up 160 yards on kick returns, and the Redskins beat the Cowboys, 27-23. Troy Aikman left the game after injuring his calf in the first series. His replacement, Wade Wilson, threw for 224 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted by Tom Carter and sacked twice.

Eddie Murray broke a 10-10 tie with a 46-yard field goal in the second quarter, and Washington’s defense held off a Dallas comeback.

(Troy Aikman left the game on a cart, AP)

(Troy Aikman left the game on a cart, AP)

On Dec. 3, 1995, Heath Shuler passed for 154 yards and a touchdown, Allen rushed for 98 yards and two scores and the Redskins beat the Cowboys, 24-17. Washington scored 17 unanswered points in the second half, picked off Troy Aikman and held Emmitt Smith to 91 yards on the ground.

The Redskins split the series with the Cowboys in four of their seasons with at least 10 losses. In 1961, the 1-12-1 Redskins got their only win and their only tie against the Cowboys.

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