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The Rivalry: 1960-69

Oct. 9, 1960: Those who have been maintaining the Washington Redskins wouldn't win a game this season were proven irrefutably wrong at Griffith Stadium yesterday. The Redskins won one. With quarterback Ralph Guglielmi returning to action and awakening a hitherto slumbering offensive unit, the Redskins celebrated a gala home opener on an otherwise drab day by convincingly scalping the Dallas Cowboys, 26-14.

Nov. 19, 1961: Their dismal 17-game losing streak came to an end in the Cotton Bowl today, but the Washington Redskins still didn't win. The Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys, the last team they beat, played to a wild and wooly 28-28 tie that more than matched the Texas setting.

Dec. 17, 1961: Christmas arrived eight days early for the Washington Redskins. With Dick James, the littlest Redskin of them all, scoring four touchdowns for a club record, Washington cashed in on its last chance for a 1961 victory by pasting the Dallas Cowboys, 34-24, in the season finale at D.C. Stadium yesterday.

Sept. 16, 1962: It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that Washington Redskin Bobby Mitchelle tied the Dallas Cowboys today, 35-34, in a wild National Football League opener for the two have not clubs of the Eastern Division. In a truly tremendous Redskin debut, Mitchell returned a kickoff for a 92-yard touchdown; scored on an 81-yard pass play; scored another on a six-yard pass and set up the other two touchdowns with a pass reception and a pass interference call.

Nov. 10, 1962: The Washington Redskins didn't exactly meet the challenge of playing before a sellout crowd of 49,888 at D.C. Stadium yesterday, largest ever to see a sports event here. They were pasted by the Dallas Cowboys, 38-10, and toppled out of first place in the National Football League's Eastern Conference as the second half of the season got underway.

Sept. 29, 1963: With three interceptions, the first a 78-yard scoring journey, scrappy defensive back Jim Steffen led the Washington Redskins over the Dallas Cowboys in a rosy 21-17 home opener yesterday before 40,101 largely contented spectators at D.C. Stadium.

Nov. 3, 1963: Supposedly an up-and-down team, the Washington Redskins continued going down one way today — down, down, down. The Dallas Cowboys, considerably aided by the unbelievably sloppy Redskins, plastered them with a 35-20 defeat to run the Washington losing streak to five games before a slim but delighted Cotton Bowl gathering of 18,838.

Sept. 20, 1964: The Redskins played on a dry field today, but they still could not hold the ball and the Dallas Cowboys rode away with a 24-18 victory. It was a cliff hanger. The Cowboys held onto the six-point lead by their fingernails for 6 minutes, 2 seconds while the Redskins resisted the heroic efforts of quarterback George Izo to turn a sorry performance into a spectacular "save."

Nov. 22, 1964: The Redskins' raging defensive unit intercepted four passes, returned two for touchdowns, and smothered hard-pressed Dallas quarterbacks seven times for losses yesterday in a 28-16 conquest of the Cowboys.

Sept. 26, 1965: There is no need to adjust your TV set. The Redskins' performance did not suffer a bit in the transmission of their 27-7 collapse against the Dallas Cowboys today.

Nov. 28, 1965: The Redskins - bless their fumbling hearts - recoiled from a 21-0 deficit and bombed, boomed, and entombed the Dallas Cowboys, 34-31, yesterday at D.C. Stadium.

Nov. 13, 1966: Don Meredith made a scandalous mockery of the Redskins' "prevent" defense yesterday and Danny Villanueva finished off his handiwork by booting a 20-yard field goal in the final 15 seconds that earned a 31-30 triumph for the Dallas Cowboys.

Dec. 11, 1966: The Redskins took savory revenge against Dallas on a day when the Cowboys could have wrapped up the Eastern Conference title in the National Football League by merely protecting a 31-31 tie for the last 3 minutes and 19 seconds. But A.D. Whitfield ran 30 yards against the best rushing defense in the league today and from the Dallas 24-yard line like Sonny Jurgensen used a prevent offense to keep the ball away from the Cowboys until only eight seconds remained. Then gutsy little Charlie Gogolak flouted the pressure and the taunts of a crowd of 64,198 in the Cotton Bowl, kicking a 29-yard field goal four seconds later for the 34-31 triumph that conceded the Cowboys only a tie for the title.

Oct. 8, 1967: An unfunny thing happened to the Redskins yesterday on their way to a 14-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys with 18 seconds remaining on the clock at D.C. Stadium. They lost, 17-14.

Nov. 19, 1967: Out of the fist of Sonny Jurgensen shot four thunderbolts today for touchdowns that left the Dallas Cowboys reeling with a 27-6 deficit before a madding crowd of 75,538 at the Cotton Bowl. With 11 minutes, 13 seconds left in the game the Redskins' defenders, who had collapsed in four Washington losses and two ties, faced up to a fearful challenge. They responded nobly after giving up two touchdowns by Morton within 110 seconds and saved a 27-20 upset triumph through the last 4 minutes and 14 seconds.

Nov. 17, 1968: Otto Graham got out of a sick bed yesterday to coach the Redskins. What he saw did not figure to hasten his recovery as the Dallas Cowboys gushed 515 yards of total offense and rolled up a 44-24 victory at D.C. Stadium.

Nov. 28, 1968: Jim Ninowski persisted against all kinds of adversity tonight and brought the Redskins back from a 17-0 deficit to a 20-19 lead over the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter at the Cotton Bowl. But the Cowboys, 21-point favorites, finally clinched a tie for the Capitol Division title in the National Football League by coming up with a 23-yard field goal by Mike Clark, his second, and a five-yard runback of an interception by defensive end Larry Cole for a touchdown and a 29-20 victory.

Nov. 16, 1969: Sonny Jurgensen was slightly wonderful yesterday when he was throwing to the Redskins, merely accurate when he was throwing to the Dallas Cowboys. He nearly pitched the Redskins back into serious contention for the Capitol Division title with four touchdown passes, which nearly erased a 17-point deficit, but then he wild-pitched them just about out of the running with four passes that were intercepted, three in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys won, 41-28.

Dec. 21, 1969: The Redskins played club football today. The Dallas Cowboys played slightly more professionally and swept the two-game NFL series for the second straight season. By 20-10 the Cowboys improved their record to 11-2-1 as they headed into the Eastern Conference playoff against Cleveland here next Sunday. And they demonstrated their defense is ready by shutting out the Redskins' offense without a touchdown.

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