Redskins vs Cowboys: More Than A Game

| December 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
On Sunday Night, the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys will meet for the 103rd time, as the Redskins look to finish the season with their 7th straight win and first division title since 1999. And it’s fitting that it’s the Redskins and Cowboys, because this rivalry matters.
Why?
Because in 1958, the Washington Redskins almost became the Dallas Redskins when Texas businessman Clint Murchison thought he had a deal to buy the team from George Preston Marshall when Marshall changed his mind at the last minute.
This is why it matters
Because just a couple of years later, Marshall stood in the way of Murchison’s bid to own an NFL team (this time an expansion team). But, in a sneaky business move reminiscent of Michael Jackson buying the Beatles catalog, Murchison bought the rights to “Hail to the Redskins” and wouldn’t allow Marshall to play the song at Redskins games. This prompted Marshall to buy the song and reluctantly agreed to allow the new Dallas franchise into the NFL
This is why it matters
Because in 1972, when the Redskins sought to play in their first Super Bowl it was the Dallas Cowboys who stood in the way
This is why it matters
Because in 1974, backup QB Clint Longley led the Dallas Cowboys to a last second miracle victory on Thanksgiving Day over the Redskins. Had the Redskins won, their regular season record would have been an NFC leading 11-3 giving them homefield advantage in the playoffs. Instead they were one and done with a road loss to the Rams.
This is why it matters
Because in 1979, the Cowboys ended the Redskins season with a 35-34 loss that kept the Redskins out of the playoffs. If the Redskins win that game and make the playoffs then maybe John Riggins doesn’t take the next season off, maybe Jack Pardee doesn’t lose the power struggle with Bobby Beathard the next season, maybe a young offensive coordinator named Joe Gibbs doesn’t become our HC and change Redskins and NFL history forever.
This is why it matters
Because in 1982, RFK stadium literally rocked when the Redskins once again defeated the Dallas Cowboys at home on their way to the Super Bowl
This is why it matters
Because in 1983, Darrell Green introduced himself to the NFL on Monday Night Football when he chased down Tony Dorsett from nearly 30 yards away in a 31-30 loss
This is why it matters
Because later that year, in one of the more intimidating performances by the Redskins in this storied rivalry, the team showed up in Dallas wearing military fatigues and proceeded to thoroughly embarrass Dallas. Only the Redskins could make the normally stoic toss his famed hat and scream “no, no no” when QB Danny White called a failed audible on 4th down. It was this game where the frustrated Dallas Cowboys attempted to break up a Fun Bunch celebration, ultimately paving the way for an end to group┬ácelebrations in the NFL
This is why it matters
Because in 1987, in one of Joe Gibbs finest coaching moments he led a team of replacement players to a 3-0 record capped off by a Monday Night victory over the Dallas Cowboys. A Cowboys team that had seen Danny White, Tony Dorsett, Too Tall Jones and others crossed the picket line.
This is why it matters
Because in 1989, the Dallas Cowboys under new ownership and new coaching couldn’t beat anybody. But one Sunday night they did. They beat the Washington Redskins in their lone victory of the year.
This is why it matters
Because in 1991, the Redskins were 11-0 and on their way to another Super Bowl ring and possibly an undefeated season. But the Cowboys put an end to the undefeated hopes with a November win over the Redskins.
This is why it matters
Because in 2005, the Cowboys played 56 minutes of shut out ball over the Redskins, leading 13-0 on a Monday Night meant to honor Cowboys legends Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin. Then everything changed
This is why it matters
When the Redskins and Cowboys play against each other it’s about much more than just a game…and that’s why it matters
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