After the Cowboys' Danny Villanueva missed a 25-yard field goal, Jurgensen led an 80-yard drive that ended with a 26-yard pass to Taylor in the end zone. The extra point was blocked, however, and Dallas took a 21-6 lead into halftime.
The second half brought more misery. The Redskins fumbled two more times, Dallas quarterback Don Meredith escaped a seemingly certain sack and completed a 19-yard pass, and Villanueva kicked a 29-yard field goal that lifted Dallas to a 24-6 lead midway through the third quarter. But Jurgensen produced an 82-yard scoring drive near the end of the quarter, sneaking in himself from the one. Then reserve halfback Danny Lewis capped a surge at the start of the fourth period with a two-yard dive that narrowed the Dallas lead to 24-20.
Dallas quickly increased that to 31-20 after an interception by Cowboys linebacker Dave Edwards. Receiver Frank Clarke took a short Meridith pass near midfield and raced into the end zone. Fewer than six minutes remained.
On the Redskins' next possession, Jurgensen was aided by Angelo Coia's acrobatic catch of a 39-yard pass at the Dallas 10. One play later, Jurgensen hit Mitchell in the end zone. Huff and the defense held and Jurgensen got the ball on the Redskins 20. Left on the clock: 1:41.
Jurgensen promptly fumbled, then just as promptly picked the ball up and scrambled for a nine-yard gain. Pass interference provided another nine yards. Jurgensen next hit rookie tight end Jerry Smith for 22 more yards. From the Cowboys' 40, Jurgensen lofted a pass that Mitchell grabbed at the five an instant before being belted by Dallas defensive back Cornell Green. On the clock: 1:14. Washington called time.
On the next play, Coia faked a block inside and then cut outside. Backpeddling, Jurgensen floated a pass over the Dallas defenders and into his arms. From the 21-0 hole, the Redskins had climbed into a 34-31 lead.
Dallas, however, had a minute to rally. Meridith quickly completed a 20-yard pass to Pete Gent and later hit Hayes with a 35-yarder to the Washington 37. With only seven seconds left, Villaneuva tried a 45-yard field goal. But Huff and Fred Williams pushed the Cowboys interior linemen back and Lonnie Sanders burst through to block the kick and preserve the Redskins victory.