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The Rivalry: 1990-1999

Sept. 23, 1990: Quarterback Mark Rypien's nightmarish start turned into a nightmare of a different sort yesterday while the Washington Redskins were stumbling to a 19-15 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in front of 53,804 at RFK Stadium.

Nov. 22, 1990: The Washington Redskins keep saying this season is about finding answers, but this afternoon they stumbled onto a few more questions during a 27-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys before 60,355 at Texas Stadium.

Sept. 9, 1991: The Washington Redskins took all the body punches the Dallas Cowboys could offer tonight. They absorbed the best of Troy Aikman and some of the best of Emmitt Smith, and they punched out a Dallas defense that had been on a two-year roll. They survived four injuries to starters. And they still won, defeating the Cowboys, 33-31, before 63,025 in a playoff-like atmosphere at Texas Stadium.

Nov. 24, 1991: The Washington Redskins had talked about playing teams that would gamble, about onside kicks and Hail Marys and game plans that were both aggressive and free-wheeling. The Dallas Cowboys were all of those things yesterday, and though the Redskins may have known what was coming, they were still knocked off balance and handed their first loss of the season, 24-21, before 55,561 at RFK Stadium.

Sept. 7, 1992: The Redskins played 12 weeks last season before leaving the field with a loss. Tonight, the Dallas Cowboys outplayed them from beginning to end and won the regular season opener, 23-10, before 63,538 at Texas Stadium.

Dec. 13, 1992: They'd been at it for three hours, pounding at one another like a pair of heavyweights, fighting through their emotions and their fatigue and their excitement. Washington Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs later would call it a night he'd never forget, and running back Earnest Byner said it might be the biggest victory of his life, this from a guy who has played in three conference finals and a Super Bowl. And when it was all over, the Redskins emerged a 20-17 winner.

Sept. 6, 1993: With heroes coming from almost every corner of their locker room, from familiar names like Mark Rypien and Art Monk and from new ones like Reggie Brooks and Pat Eilers, the Washington Redskins opened a new era in stunningly easy fashion last night by dominating the Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys, 35-16, before 56,345 at raucous RFK Stadium.

Dec. 26, 1993: Throughout a horrifying 1993 season the Washington Redskins have lost many times, but rarely have been made to feel insignificant and helpless. That changed today as the Dallas Cowboys unloaded on the Redskins, 38-3, in an end-to-end stomping before 64,497 at Texas Stadium. It was the Redskins' worst loss in eight years, since the Chicago Bears beat them 45-10 on Sept. 29, 1985.

Oct. 2, 1994: Any questions? Does anyone have a doubt about how far the Washington Redskins have to go after the Dallas Cowboys came into RFK Stadium yesterday and laid a 34-7 pasting on them before 55,394?

Nov. 20, 1994: A season that ceased to be promising long ago for the Washington Redskins continued on its path today, with the Dallas Cowboys putting another licking on their former National Football Conference Eastern Division rivals, 31-7, at Texas Stadium.

Oct. 1, 1995: The only true believers wore burgundy and gold yesterday. The only people who thought the Washington Redskins had a chance against the Dallas Cowboys were on the south sideline at RFK Stadium, players and coaches united in an unlikely quest. And the Redskins' 27-23 upset victory over Dallas before 55,489 frenzied fans was theirs and theirs alone to enjoy and savor.

Dec. 3, 1995: Who knew the snow that hit Washington early last week was the first sign that hell would figuratively freeze over and the down-in-the-mouth Washington Redskins would upset the overconfident Dallas Cowboys for the second time this season? The Redskins, who had lost six of seven games since surprising the Cowboys in Washington on Oct. 1, shocked the Cowboys again today by winning, 24-17, in front of 64,866 at Texas Stadium.

Nov. 28, 1996: Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith dispelled any notion that he was ailing or washed up by running over and through the Washington Redskins today for 155 yards and three touchdowns, leading Dallas to a 21-10 victory before 64,955 at Texas Stadium.

Dec. 22, 1996: On a cold and crisp day, RFK Stadium was sold out for the 229th straight Redskins game for what was the last NFL game in the stadium's 35-year history. Dozens of former Redskins were honored at halftime by a crowd energized from the full and rich history that hangs under the stadium's roof. Even before kickoff, fans shook the stands and chanted, "We want Dallas. We want Dallas." And at the end of a long afternoon, the Redskins had a 37-10 victory over the Cowboys and a winning record for the first time since 1992.

Oct. 13, 1997: With a nation watching the Redskins played one of their best games ever under Coach Norv Turner. And they did it in style, rushing to an early lead, then holding off the Cowboys in dramatic fashion to win, 21-16. Reserve running back Stephen Davis stepped in for the injured Terry Allen to score a pair of touchdowns and rush for 94 yards. The victory left the Redskins with a 4-2 record and sole possession of the division lead.

Nov. 16, 1997: The Redskins had their biggest victory in five years within their grasp, as well as a chance to push the Cowboys out of playoff consideration. But, they couldn't finish. The Cowboys scored 11 points in the final two minutes to defeat the Redskins, 17-14, at Texas Stadium. Richie Cunningham's 42-yard field goal with four seconds left finished what quarterback Troy Aikman and wide receiver Michael Irvin began by making play after play against a defense that ran out of steam.

Oct. 4, 1998: The Redskins lost to the Cowboys, 31-10, giving Washington its worst start since the 1981 season. Coach Norv Turner's job looked to be on shaky ground and veteran Darrell Green called the Redskins losing streak "the worst situation I have been in as a Redskin."

Dec. 27, 1998: The Redskins, who had rebounded from a terrible start to the season, lost to the Cowboys, 23-7, in the season finale. Washington had a four game winning streak snapped as Dallas played mostly second string players since they had already locked up the NFC East title.

Sept. 12, 1999: The Redskins saw a 35-14 lead disappear and lost to the Cowboys, 41-35, when Raghib Ismail caught a 76-yard pass from Troy Aikman in overtime.

Oct. 24, 1999: With a four-game winning streak and a chance to avenge a heartbreaking opening-day loss, the Redskins came out remarkably flat and were dominated by the Cowboys, 38-20, at Texas Stadium. Comments by wide receiver Albert Connell during the week preceding the game lit a spark under Dallas cornerback Deion Sanders, who came back from a first-quarter concussion to return a punt 70 yards for a touchdown to put the finishing touches on the victory.

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