"Joe Bugel never smoked the whole year, and he's in there before the game chain-smoking," Jacoby said. "He comes over to us and says, 'You guys have to keep your cool. I can't have any of you kicked out of the game.' He says this as he's lighting the next cigarette off the butt of the first. Then we're standing there for the national anthem. Russ is one side of Joe and I'm on the other. When it's over, Joe looks over to the other sideline at Ernie Stautner, who's the Cowboys defensive line coach. Joe yells over to him and then flips him off. This is the guy telling us to keep our cool."
All parts of the Redksins engine hummed for that game. Theismann was 12 of 20 for 150 yards, with a first-quarter touchdown pass to Charlie Brown and no interceptions. The defense came through in stunning fashion. Late in the second quarter, Dexter Manley knocked down Dallas quarterback Danny White, who left the game with a concussion. Dallas backup quarterbacks had burned the Redskins before, and Gary Hogeboom threw two third-quarter touchdown passes to cut the Redskins lead to 21-17. But after a Moseley field goal, Manley, Grant and the defense came through again.
Manley sensed a delayed screen and was in perfect position to deflect Hogeboom's pass. Grant intercepted and high-stepped into the end zone for the clinching touchdown.