See E. Hough, The Story of the Cowboy (1897, repr. 1970); J. B. Frantz and J. E. Choate, Jr., The American Cowboy, the Myth and the Reality (1955, repr. 1968); J. A. Lomax and A. Lomax, Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads (rev. ed. 1966).
|Dallas Cowboys–Washington Redskins|
|Regular Season History|
|First meeting||October 9, 1960|
|First result||WAS 26, DAL 14|
|Latest meeting||September 28, 2008|
|Latest result||WAS 26, DAL 24|
|Next meeting||November 16, 2008|
|Rivalry status||96 meetings|
|Largest victory||DAL 38, WAS 3 (1993)|
|Current streak||WAS W2 (2007—present)|
|All-time series||DAL leads 56-39-2|
|Post Season History|
|Last meeting||January 23, 1983|
|Last result||WAS 31, DAL 17|
|All-time postseason series||WAS leads 2–0|
|NFL Championships (10)|
Super Bowl Appearances (13)
The rivalry started in 1960 when the Cowboys joined the league as an expansion team. During that year they were in separate conferences, but played once during the season. In 1961, Dallas was placed in the same division as the Redskins, and from that point on, they have played each other twice during every regular season.
Around this time, Marshall had a falling out with the Redskin band director, Barnee Breeskin. Breeskin had written the music to the Redskins fight song, now a staple at the stadium; additionally, Marshall's wife penned the lyrics to the song. Breeskin wanted revenge after the failed negotiations with Marshall. He approached Tom Webb, Murchison’s lawyer, and sold the rights for $2,500.
Murchison then decided to create his own team, with the support of NFL expansion committee chairman, George Halas. Halas decided to put the proposition of a Dallas franchise before the NFL owners, which needed to have unanimous approval in order to pass. The only owner against the proposal was George Preston Marshall. However, Marshall found out that Murchison owned the rights to Washington's fight song, so a deal was finally struck. If Marshall showed his approval of the Dallas franchise, Murchison would return the song. The Cowboys were then founded and began playing in 1960.
However, it did not end there. To build the roster of an expansion team, Dallas was allowed to pick certain players from certain teams per League rules. Murchison selected the Redskins' Pro Bowl quarterback, Eddie LeBaron, who would become the Cowboys' first starting quarterback. Somehow, Marshall had forgotten to move LeBaron to the team's "protected" list.
The chickens fit into two large crates, which were smuggled into the stadium the morning of the game. The chickens and the smugglers went unspotted until halftime, when a stadium usher noticed a man guarding the crates and heard the chickens. Though the guard tried to bribe the official with $100 dollars, he was quickly reported and arrested, and the chickens confiscated. As it turned out, the "official" was actually Redskins general manager Dick McCann.
The following year and the night before the third Redskins-Cowboys match-up in less than a year, pranksters sneaked into Marshall's hotel suite and dropped off a large turkey in the bathroom. When Marshall went into the bathroom, the turkey puffed up and gobbled at him, causing Marshall to flee his room. "Chickens are nice", Marshall said, "but a man shouldn't fool with a mad turkey."
Just minutes before kickoff, while "Hail to the Redskins" blared throughout the stadiums, four banners reading "CHICKENS" - one at each 50-yard line and one in each end zone center - were unfurled in the stadium's upper decks. Two acrobats, hired by Cowboys fans and Chicken Club founders Bob Thompson and Irv Davidson (along with the University of Maryland students with the banners) rushed onto the field dressed in chicken costumes and began to throw colored eggs. One was apprehended by a guard, but the other proved to be too elusive. By this time, the band was playing the National Anthem, therefore unable to move. The lone chicken-acrobat reached into this bag and released a chicken, then returned to his egg-throwing. Running to a sideline, he then attempted to leave the stadium by jumping over a bench, but slipped.
A group of security guards then apprehended him, but he was able to break free. He made it back to the 50-yard line, turned a cartwheel, then ran and flopped onto the 30-yard line. By this time, only aware that the National Anthem was over, the two teams rushed onto the field in the middle of the chaos. In the midst of the ruckus, the man made it off the field and into the stands. Although the real chicken was caught, the acrobat-chicken was never apprehended.
The next day, while reporting the 38-10 Cowboys victory, the Dallas News scoring summary ended with, Attendance-49,888 (and one chicken).Sonny Jurgensen and Don Meredith, played four games against each other that produced a combined total of 222 points with only 10 points of overall difference between the two teams.
November 28, 1965, DC Stadium: The Cowboys quickly took a 21-0 lead on a pass play, a running play and a 60 yard fumble recovery. Despite Jurgensen's 26-yard touchdown pass to Charley Taylor, the fans in the stands called for him to be benched in favor of second string quarterback Dick Shiner. However, Jurgensen then drove the Redskins down field for a second touchdown to cut the Cowboys lead to 24-13. They then scored a rushing touchdown to make it 24-20. But just when the Redskins were gaining momentum, Meredith tossed a 53 yard scoring touch to Frank Clarke. Jurgensen was then able to throw another TD pass to Bobby Mitchell to make it 31-27. The Redskins got the ball back on their 20 yard line with less than two minutes to go. After working his way down the field, Jurgensen passed to tight end Angelo Coia to give the Redskins their first lead, 34-31, with about one minute to play. But Meredith was not done either. He drove the Cowboys to the Redskins 37 yard line with seven seconds to go. Danny Villanueva was then brought in and attempted a tying field goal., but it was blocked by Redskins defensive back Lonnie Sanders. Final: Redskins, 34 – Cowboys, 31
November 13, 1966, DC Stadium: In the second quarter with the score 7-6 Dallas, Meredith threw a 52 yard touchdown to Bob Hayes, followed in the third quarter with a 95 yard repeat., making the score 21-7. Then Washington scored three consecutive times with Jurgensen's 4 yard pass to Jerry Smith and 78 yard pass to Charley Taylor, followed by a Charlie Gogolak field goal, giving them the lead, 23-21. Meredith then drove the Cowboys down field to set up a 1 yard TD run by Dan Reeves. But the Redskins matched their score on a drive ending with Jurgensen's 18 yard scoring pass to Taylor, making it 30-28. Meredith got the ball back with no timeouts and the Redskins playing deep prevent. Somehow, he was able to drive them to the Redskins 33. The Redskins mounted a strong pass rush to push the Cowboys out of field goal range. But apparently it was too strong. Meredith was hit just as he scrambled out of bounds. The penalty put the Cowboys on the Redskins 12 for an easy Villanueva field goal. Final: Cowboys, 31 – Redskins, 30
December 11, 1966, The Cotton Bowl: The Redskins visited the Cowboys a short month later with memories fresh. The Redskins took a 10-7 lead at the half after linebacker John Reger recovered a block punt and ran it in for a score. But the scoring would not end there. Danny Villanueva kicked a tying 26 yard field goal for the Cowboys and Bob Hays caught a 23 yard pass for the 17-10 lead. The Redskins tied it up on Bobby Mitchell's 11 yard reception from Jurgensen. The Cowboys regained the lead when Dan Reeves broke for a 67 yard touchdown run, making it 24-17. But, the Redskins then drove the field and scored on Jurgensen's 11 yard pass to Jerry Smith, only to have the Cowboys regain the lead with a 6 yard touchdown run by Don Perkins, making it 31-24. Jurgensen was then able to hit Charlie Taylor with a 65 yard touchdown pass that Taylor caught between two defenders, tying the game. After good defense, the Redskins got the ball back with two minutes to go. Starting at their 46 yard line, Redskins running back A. D. Whitfield ran right for a 30 yard gain that set up Charlie Gogolak's winning field goal. Final: Redskins, 34 –Cowboys, 31
October 8, 1967, DC Stadium: The Redskins led 14-10 with 70 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys took possession on their 29 yard line. On fourth down with 23 seconds remaining, Meredith hit an open Dan Reeves who beat out linebacker Chris Hanburger to score, making it 17-14. After the kick-off with 7 seconds to go, Jurgensen pitched a long pass to Charley Taylor, but he was brought to ground at the Cowboys 20 yard line as time ran out. Final: Cowboys, 17 – Redskins, 14
Washington would win the rematch in Dallas that season, 27-20, but the Cowboys closed out the decade with four straight wins over the Redskins. In the late 60's the Redskins hired Vince Lombardi to try to stop ex-Giants coordinator Tom Landry. Lombardi's 7-5-2 record with the Redskins was the team's first winning season in 14 years, but he was still swept by the Cowboys. Lombardi's untimely death in 1970 froze Redskins development for two seasons.
After a losing season in 1970, the Redskins' hired George Allen from the Los Angeles Rams. As the 1972 football season approached, Pre-season predictors were touting the Cowboys, who had defeated the Miami Dolphins, 24-3 in the previous Super Bowl, to again win the NFC East.
The sixth game of the season brought the Cowboys to Washington. Both teams came into the game with a 4-1-0 record. Sonny Jurgensen was Washington's starting quarterback, with Billy Kilmer benched after a previous loss. Craig Morton was the Cowboys' quarterback while the injured Roger Staubach watched from the sideline. Despite Washington's home-field advantage, the oddsmakers favored Dallas by a touchdown.
A field goal and a Morton touchdown pass gave Dallas a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, which was extended to 13-0 in the second period. Jurgensen led a Washington drive that climaxed with a pass to Larry Brown for a touchdown, but at the half the Redskins trailed by six points. Another seven points were added to the lead in the third quarter when Walt Garrison scored a touchdown. But then, Larry Brown broke a run for 34 yards and a touchdown to bring the score to 20-14. Curt Knight kicked a 42-yard field goal to make it 20-17. Charley Harraway ran for 13 yards to make the score 24-20, Redskins on top. During this offensive scoring period, the Over-the-Hill Gang defense shut down the Cowboys. At the end, Washington had defeated the Cowboys and was in possession of first place in the NFC East.
Now with two games remaining, Washington was 11-1-0 and had clinched the NFC East title. An ensuing loss to the Cowboys (34-24) was meaningless. It was the first time since the NFL went to a divisional format in 1967 that the Dallas Cowboys had not triumphed in their division.
The playoffs in 1972 pitted Washington against the Green Bay Packers. The final score was Washington 16, Green Bay 3. The victory sent the Redskins to the NFC Championship Game and the opponent was none other than the Dallas Cowboys who entered the playoffs as a wild-card entry. The Cowboys, who had been runner-up to the Redskins in the regular season defeated the NFC West champions, the San Francisco 49ers, 30-28.
The game was played in Washington. Staubach was back for the Cowboys, and Dallas fans were thrilled to have him. But Billy Kilmer for the Redskins was the better quarterback that day. After a field goal got the scoring started, Kilmer connected with Charley Taylor on a 15-yard touchdown pass and Washington had a 10-3 lead at halftime. In the fourth quarter, Kilmer again went to Taylor, this time for a 45-yard touchdown. Knight added three more field goals that period and the Over-the-Hill Gang defense allowed only a second-quarter field goal. The final score was Washington 26, Dallas 3.
Roger Staubach had won back the quarterback job after missing most of the 1972 season with a shoulder injury, but Tom Landry pulled him in the third quarter when he missed an important signal and was sacked by the redskins D. Dallas led 7-0 when Staubach was replaced by Craig Morton. Late in the fourth quarter, the game was tied 7-7 when Redskins defender Brig Owens picked off Morton's errant pass and raced 26 yards to score. The Cowboys threatened in the last seconds to tie the game, but Ken Houston wrestled Walt Garrison down on the 1 at the final gun, preserving the dramatic redskins win.
The Redskins were stunned. "I don't have very much to say," coach George Allen said when it was over. "It was probably the toughest loss we ever had.
|Cowboys wins||Ties||Redskins wins||Cowboys points||Redskins points|
|Post Season Meeting||Tied Game||Overtime Result|
|1960||October 9||Washington Redskins||26-14||Dallas Cowboys||Griffith Stadium|
|1961||November 19||TIE||28-28||TIE||Cotton Bowl|
|December 17||Washington Redskins||34-24||Dallas Cowboys||D.C. Stadium|
|1962||September 16||TIE||35-35||TIE||Cotton Bowl|
|November 10||Dallas Cowboys||38-10||Washington Redskins||D.C. Stadium|
|1963||September 29||Washington Redskins||21-17||Dallas Cowboys||D.C. Stadium|
|November 3||Dallas Cowboys||35-20||Washington Redskins||Cotton Bowl|
|1964||September 20||Dallas Cowboys||24-18||Washington Redskins||Cotton Bowl|
|November 22||Washington Redskins||28-16||Dallas Cowboys||D.C. Stadium|
|1965||September 26||Dallas Cowboys||27-7||Washington Redskins||Cotton Bowl|
|November 28||Washington Redskins||34-31||Dallas Cowboys||D.C. Stadium|
|1966||November 13||Dallas Cowboys||31-30||Washington Redskins||D.C. Stadium|
|December 11||Washington Redskins||34-31||Dallas Cowboys||Cotton Bowl|
|1967||October 8||Dallas Cowboys||17-14||Washington Redskins||D.C. Stadium|
|November 19||Washington Redskins||27-20||Dallas Cowboys||Cotton Bowl|
|1968||November 17||Dallas Cowboys||44-24||Washington Redskins||D.C. Stadium|
|November 28||Dallas Cowboys||29-20||Washington Redskins||Cotton Bowl|
|1969||November 16||Dallas Cowboys||41-28||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|December 21||Dallas Cowboys||20-10||Washington Redskins||Cotton Bowl|
|1970||November 22||Dallas Cowboys||45-20||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|December 6||Dallas Cowboys||34-3||Washington Redskins||Cotton Bowl|
|1971||October 3||Washington Redskins||20-16||Dallas Cowboys||Cotton Bowl|
|November 21||Dallas Cowboys||13-0||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|1972||October 22||Washington Redskins||24-20||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|December 9||Dallas Cowboys||34-24||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|December 31||Washington Redskins||26-3||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|1973||October 8||Washington Redskins||14-7||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|December 9||Dallas Cowboys||27-7||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|1974||November 17||Washington Redskins||28-21||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|November 28||Dallas Cowboys||24-23||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|1975||November 2||Washington Redskins||30-24||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|December 13||Dallas Cowboys||31-10||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|1976||October 31||Dallas Cowboys||20-7||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|December 12||Washington Redskins||27-14||Dallas Cowboys||Texas Stadium|
|1977||October 16||Dallas Cowboys||34-16||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|November 27||Dallas Cowboys||14-7||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|1978||October 2||Washington Redskins||9-5||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|November 23||Dallas Cowboys||37-10||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|1979||November 18||Washington Redskins||34-20||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|December 16||Dallas Cowboys||35-34||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|1980||September 8||Dallas Cowboys||17-3||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|November 27||Dallas Cowboys||14-10||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|1981||September 6||Dallas Cowboys||26-10||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|November 22||Dallas Cowboys||24-10||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|1982||December 5||Dallas Cowboys||24-10||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|1983||January 22||Washington Redskins||31-17||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|September 5||Dallas Cowboys||31-30||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|December 11||Washington Redskins||31-10||Dallas Cowboys||Texas Stadium|
|1984||October 14||Washington Redskins||34-14||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|December 9||Washington Redskins||30-28||Dallas Cowboys||Texas Stadium|
|1985||September 9||Dallas Cowboys||44-14||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|November 10||Dallas Cowboys||13-7||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|1986||October 12||Dallas Cowboys||30-6||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|November 23||Washington Redskins||41-14||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|1987||October 19||Washington Redskins||13-7||Dallas Cowboys||Texas Stadium|
|December 13||Washington Redskins||24-20||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|1988||October 9||Washington Redskins||35-17||Dallas Cowboys||Texas Stadium|
|December 11||Dallas Cowboys||24-17||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|1989||September 24||Washington Redskins||30-7||Dallas Cowboys||Texas Stadium|
|November 5||Dallas Cowboys||13-3||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|1990||September 23||Washington Redskins||19-15||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|November 22||Dallas Cowboys||27-17||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|1991||September 9||Washington Redskins||33-31||Dallas Cowboys||Texas Stadium|
|November 24||Dallas Cowboys||24-21||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|1992||September 7||Dallas Cowboys||23-10||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|December 13||Washington Redskins||20-17||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|1993||September 6||Washington Redskins||35-16||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|December 26||Dallas Cowboys||38-3||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|1994||October 2||Dallas Cowboys||34-7||Washington Redskins||RFK Stadium|
|November 20||Dallas Cowboys||31-7||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|1995||October 1||Washington Redskins||27-23||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|December 3||Washington Redskins||24-17||Dallas Cowboys||Texas Stadium|
|1996||November 28||Dallas Cowboys||21-10||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|December 22||Washington Redskins||37-10||Dallas Cowboys||RFK Stadium|
|1997||October 13||Washington Redskins||21-16||Dallas Cowboys||Jack Kent Cooke Stadium|
|November 16||Dallas Cowboys||17-14||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|1998||October 4||Dallas Cowboys||31-10||Washington Redskins||Jack Kent Cooke Stadium|
|December 27||Dallas Cowboys||23-7||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|1999||September 12||Dallas Cowboys||41-35||Washington Redskins||Jack Kent Cooke Stadium|
|October 24||Dallas Cowboys||38-20||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|2000||September 18||Dallas Cowboys||27-21||Washington Redskins||FedExField|
|December 10||Dallas Cowboys||32-13||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|2001||October 15||Dallas Cowboys||9-7||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|December 2||Dallas Cowboys||20-14||Washington Redskins||FedExField|
|2002||November 28||Dallas Cowboys||27-20||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|December 29||Washington Redskins||20-14||Dallas Cowboys||FedExField|
|2003||November 2||Dallas Cowboys||21-14||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|December 14||Dallas Cowboys||27-0||Washington Redskins||FedExField|
|2004||September 27||Dallas Cowboys||21-18||Washington Redskins||FedExField|
|December 26||Dallas Cowboys||13-10||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|2005||September 19||Washington Redskins||14-13||Dallas Cowboys||Texas Stadium|
|December 18||Washington Redskins||35-7||Dallas Cowboys||FedExField|
|2006||September 17||Dallas Cowboys||27-10||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|November 5||Washington Redskins||22-19||Dallas Cowboys||FedExField|
|2007||November 18||Dallas Cowboys||28-23||Washington Redskins||Texas Stadium|
|December 30||Washington Redskins||27-6||Dallas Cowboys||FedExField|
|2008||September 28||Washington Redskins||26-24||Dallas Cowboys||Texas Stadium|
|1973||Washington Redskins||14-7||Washington, D.C.|
|1978||Washington Redskins||9-5||Washington, D.C.|
|1980||Dallas Cowboys||17-3||Washington, D.C.|
|1983||Dallas Cowboys||31-30||Washington, D.C.|
|1985||Dallas Cowboys||44-14||Irving, Texas|
|1987||Washington Redskins||13-7||Irving, Texas|
|1991||Washington Redskins||33-31||Irving, Texas|
|1992||Dallas Cowboys||23-10||Irving, Texas|
|1993||Washington Redskins||35-16||Washington, D.C.|
|1997||Washington Redskins||21-16||Landover, Maryland|
|2000||Dallas Cowboys||27-21||Landover, Maryland|
|2001||Dallas Cowboys||9-7||Irving, Texas|
|2004||Dallas Cowboys||21-18||Landover, Maryland|
|2005||Washington Redskins||14-13||Irving, Texas|
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