Better yet, the opponent again would be the Cowboys, who looked like they would be coming to town with a new starting quarterback. In the team's playoff game in San Francisco, Roger Staubach had come off the bench to replace Craig Morton and had rallied his team from a 15-point deficit to a 30-28 victory.
Early in the week before the game, the crackback issue reared its ugly head. Alworth insisted that he had not gone for Pardee's knees, saying that the Redskins were upset only because the Cowboys had scored on the play. Alworth also charged that later in the game, Pardee had tried to knee him in the head. Pardee admitted that this was true, "but only after he went for my knees three times."
In Dallas, the Cowboys knew what Allen was doing. Coach Tom Landry said that "they were normal crackback blocks. I think George threw up an excellent smokescreen, and you [the writers] took the whole works. You took the bait, the hook and the sinker." Other Cowboys joined the verbal war. "The Redskins and their coach just can't say, `We got whipped' and leave it at that," said Dallas center Dave Manders. "They've got to come up with an excuse, like Pardee bitching about a block. That's probably the reason I feel more emotion playing against the Redskins than I did when we used to play the Packers in championship games."