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The Rivalry: 1970-79

Nov. 22, 1970: The Redskins were less than savage yesterday and their paying guests were outright hostile about it. The customers at RFK Stadium were venting a week-old rage even before kickoff because the athletes had succumbed to a 21-0 fourth quarter by the New York Giants. They had to suffer another one in the second period by the Dallas Cowboys. By the time the Redskins had fumbled two touchdown opportunities to the Cowboys, treated Mark Washington to a 100-yard kickoff return with unprofessional tackling, and center John Didion made another touchdown a snap with a herculean effrt, the Cowboys were 45-21 winners.

Dec. 6, 1970: The Redskins sank to one of the lowest points in their history today. As afternoon turned into night in the Cotton Bowl, Dallas annihilated them, 34-0, only the third shutout victory in the Cowboys' 217-game existence. For the crippled Washington club, it was Custer's farewell reenacted with the Redskins wiped out this time.

Oct. 3, 1971: In their exhilaration over springing a 20-16 upset of the Dallas Cowboys today, the Redskins made it clear that they regarded the victory as a coaching triumph for George Allen.

Nov. 21, 1971: After the Redskins were beaten yesterday by a busted play for the second straight week, coach George Allen said there is no defense for a scrambler, such as Roger Staubach. Staubach, the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback, was momentarily delayed in his own backfield in the first quarter when defensive tackle Diron Talbert got a hand on him. The agile Cowboy escaped, however, swung to his left and ran another 29 yards without another glove being laid on him for the only touchdown in a 13-0 Dallas victory.

Oct. 22, 1972: Dallas had the gun to Washington's head yesterday, but before the Cowboys were able to pull the trigger, the Redskins escaped from apparent doom to gain a 24-20 victory before 53,039 mostly delirious fans at RFK Stadium.

Dec. 9, 1972: That delightfully merry journey the Washington Redskins had been enjoying this season came to an abrupt halt today in the first half at Texas Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys nailed the Redskins for 28 points in the first 30 minutes en route to a 34-24 success that moved Dallas into pro football's playoffs for the seventh straight season.

Dec. 31, 1972: The Washington Redskins found deliverance yesterday. Playing with intense ferocity, they simply smashed the Dallas Cowboys, 26-3, to gain the National Football Conference championship and a trip to the Super Bow in Los Angeles Jan. 14.

Oct. 8, 1973: In a stunning reversal of their fortunes in the previous 56 minutes, the Washington Redskins scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes, then got a phenomenal goal-line tackle by strong safety Ken Houston to save a 14-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last night at RFK Stadium.

Oct. 8, 1973: Redskins Safeties Saw Turning Point Coming: "That's the biggest tackle I've made in my life," said Redskin safetyman Ken Houston. Indeed, it was the biggest tackle of the season for the Redskins, for it preserved their 14-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Dec. 9, 1973: The Dallas Cowboys took the NFC East championship out of the clutches of an NFL computer with a devastating 27-7 rout of the Washington Redskins today.

Nov. 17, 1974: As daylight turned to darkness yesterday at RFK Stadium, the Washington Redskins played one of the most extraordinary first halves of football during this or any other season. They will always remain thankful they did. For the Dallas Cowboys very nearly came all the way back from a 28-0 halftime deficit before finally succumbing, 28-21, when the Redskins came up with a stirring goal line stand in the game’s final three minutes.

Nov. 28, 1974: The Washington Redskins were 35 seconds away from clinching a berth in the 1974 NFC playoffs today when "that rookie," Clint Longley - also known as the Mad Bomber - shocked them with one or more improbable touchdown passes of recent football history for a 24-23 Dallas Cowboys victory.

Nov. 2, 1975: Billy Kilmer, who passed for 301 yards yesterday, leaped six inches over right guard Walt Sweeney into the end zone to propel the Washington Redskins to a dramatic 30-24 sudden-death overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys at RFK Stadium.

Dec. 13, 1975: The Washington Redskins ran out of healthy bodies and miracle comebacks today and because of it, for the first time since 1970, they will not make the National Football League playoffs. With Roger Staubach throwing for two touchdowns and running for another and the Dallas defense knocking Redskins' quarterback Billy Kilmer from the game early in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys soundly defeated the Redskins, 31-10.

Dec. 12, 1976: The Washington Redskins did it their way today. They snarled, scratched and clawed to a memorable 27-14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys and gained the National Football Conference playoffs for the fifth time in the last six years.

Oct. 16, 1977: Washington's chances for a divisional championship were dealt a mortal blow today by a Dallas Cowboy team that Redskin quarterback Billy Kilmer described as "the best I've ever played against." The final score in this brutally played football game was Dallas 34, Washington 16. But the Redskins were more concerned about another set of grim numbers — two fullbacks, John Riggins and Bob Brunet, out for the season with injuries and Kilmer suffering from a badly bruised left shoulder.

Nov. 27, 1977: The Redskins' road to the playoffs took another treacherous turn for the worse yesterday. The Dallas Cowboys used what hte Redskins called flim-flammery on a punt snap, and Tony Dorsett's one-yard fourth quarter touchdown dive, to leave RFK Stadium as repeat winners over Washington, 14-7.

Oct. 2, 1978: In the presence of President Carter, the Washington Redskins rolled out their most potent weapon of all — a dominant defense that spelled doomsday for the Dallas Cowboys last night at RFK Stadium. The surprising Redskins' version of a major confrontation at the summit ended with a 9-5 Washington victory that was not assured until the final gun had sounded as Joe Theismann voluntarily accepted a safety rather than risk a fourth-down punt in the last three seconds.

Nov. 23, 1978: Doomsday descended on the Washington Redskins yesterday in a farcical football game that was singularly embarrassing and cast a shadow on their hopes of winning the NFC East Division title. "Washington Slept Here" read a Texas Stadium banner, and the white-hot Dallas Cowboys took advantage of the Redskins' somnambulant state for a 37-10 rout, the most lopsided Washington loss since 1970.

Nov. 18, 1979: The Redskins remembered. They remembered being caled "turkeys" by the Dallas Cowboys a year ago. They remembered Tom Landry calling play-action, bombs-away passes in the fourth quarter with his team ahead by 27 points. They remember a humiliating 37-10 loss in Dallas on Thanksgiving day. So yesterday, these romping, ravenous Redskins, led by Joe Theismann's three touchdown passes, gained sweet revenge, converting mistake after Dallas mistake into a 34-20 triumph.

Dec. 16, 1979: The Redskins came within 140 seconds today of reaching their impossible drea. Then the brilliance of Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach turned the afternoon into a 35-34 nightmare that will haunt them the rest of the winter.

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