Ken Houston lassoes Walt Garrison, the toughest Cowboy of them all, at the goal line and holds on for dear life to save the game.

Billy Kilmer takes a great leap forward from the one-yard line in overtime to win another.

Clint Longley, a no-name quarterback, pops off the bench and throws a desperation touchdown pass to Drew Pearson in the waning moments to ruin millions of Washington-area Thanksgiving Day dinners.

The Redskins play probably the finest four quarters in the history of the organization and, after a wild celebration on the field, prepare for their first Super Bowl appearance by praying in front of a national television audience.

Oh, what lovely little wars and so many memorable moments the Redskins and Cowboys have produced over the years - football games that almost invariably justified all the pre-game hate and hype.

Dallas week?

It is John Wilbur telling a young reporter that he never shaves, brushes his teeth or speaks to media folks until the game is over. "I don't even talk to my wife," the Redskin guard says, frowning.

It is George Allen telling reporters Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach can't read keys or defenses, that the shotgun was introduced to compensate for his many deficiencies, that Staubach will run out of the pocket "at his own risk."

It is Allen working himself into a frenzy at team meetings, raving about championship games, playing "the best game of our lives," and closing every workout to the press.

It is Tex Schramm, the Cowboy president, publicly jabbing right back at Allen and his tactics, then quietly buying out the top floor of a motel overlooking the Dallas practice field to eliminate potential peekers, just in case.

It is Schramm inspecting Mark Moseley's kicking shoe in the pre-game warmup.

And the hooting and howling hardly stops once the final gun has sounded, because there is always the next game, or the next season, when the teams do it all over again.

So there is Jack Pardee, a placid sort, complaining bitterly about "vicious" crack-back blocks used by Cowboy receiver Lance Alworth (they called bim Bambi) in a 1972 game.

There is Jethro Pugh, distinguished Dallas tackle, moaning that Redskin lineman Terry Hermeling smeared Vaseline all over his jersey. "I never was able to get a grip on him," Pugh moaned, last year.

There is former Cowboy kicker Efren Herrera accusing Moseley of loading his shoe with lead. "He should be ashamed of himself," Herrera says.

"I hate that little twerp," counters Moseley.

There is Allen - again - complaining that the Cowboys used "unethical tactics" in drawing the Redskins offside when punt center D. D. Lewis bobbed his head just before snapping the football.

"Guys that carry the Holy Grail," said Allen, "I didn't think they'd do stuff like that!"

"I'm sorry he always has to put things on a personal level rather than saying our teams defeated his team," Schramm shot back.

And nothing has changed with the arrival of Pardee as the Redskins' coach.Already this week, Pardee has said publicly he does not like the Cowboys and never has.

One Washington player said he was certain somebody from the Cowboy organization was disguised as a fan and watched all the workouts from the woods surrounding Redskin Park.

And a writer from Port Worth came to town earlier in the week and said The Washington Post's Redskin poll - the one that listed Cowboy safety Cliff Harris as the second dirtiest man in the NFL and Staubach among the most overrated players - was a hot topic around the Dallas dressing room all week.

Redskin tight end Jean Fugett has seen the rivalry from both locker rooms and he was saying the other day, "It's probably the most intense game you'll ever play in.

"In Dallas it was because of the verbal jabs coming out of Washington. It became a question of pride and respect. We always felt the Redskins never respected us, especially when you'd hear things like Roger would choke.

"Tom Landry would set the tone in training camp because we'd start working against the hickel defense right away. At that time, the Redskins were the only team that used it. Washington was always on his mind. If somebody made a mistake he'd say 'Pardee would never let you get away with that' or 'Larry Brown will eat you up if you try and tackle him that way.'

"I tell you something else. Nothing could ever compare to the feeling of coming into RFK Stadium if you were a Dallas Cowboy. When the ground started shaking in the warmups, you knew you were in for a long night.

"No, George Allen isn't here any more, but nothing has changed. It's the same old feeling. The Redskins against the Cowboys will always be like that. That's what makes it so much fun."

Added a member of the Cowboy organization: "No matter who wins or loses, you always leave RFK Stadium knowing you've been in a big-league ball game."