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The Rivalry: 2000 and Beyond

Sept. 18, 2000: In the 11th Monday night meeting between the two rivals, the Redskins' season of enormous expectations showed serious signs of crumbling as the Cowboys, playing without starting quarterback Troy Aikman, embarrassed the Redskins, 27-21. With former coach Joe Gibbs and ex-players Art Monk and Dexter Manley in attendance, Washington wilted under a deluge of penalties and mistakes to fall to a disappointing 1-2.

Dec. 10, 2000: In his first game as interim head coach, Terry Robiskie could not find a way to stop the season from collapsing as the lackluster Redskins were routed by the lowly Cowboys in Dallas, 32-13. The firing of former coach Norv Turner the preceding Monday failed to light a spark under the Redskins, who allowed Emmitt Smith to run for 150 yards as they were eliminated from the NFC East race.

Oct. 15, 2001: The winless Redskins traveled to Dallas to face an equally hapless Cowboys team on Monday night hoping to snap a seven-game losing streak to their NFC rivals. In a game completely devoid of offense but littered with mistakes by both teams, the Redskins had victory within their grasp when Stephen Davis fumbled the ball and eventually the game away to the Cowboys in the final minutes as Dallas kept Marty Schottenheimer winless in Washington, 9-7.

Dec. 2, 2001: Having turned their season around and riding the wave of a five-game winning streak, the Redskins appeared poised to put their losing streak to the Cowboys to rest once and for all. But prosperity proved too much for the hot Redskins, who wasted a prime opportunity and dropped a 20-14 decision at FedEx Field. "They must have wanted it more than us because they're definitely not a better football team than us," said Redskins quarterback Tony Banks after the loss.

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