Cowboys-Redskins: The Top 10 Games

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Ain't what it used to be.
 
To me the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants rank ahead of the Washington Redskins as the Dallas Cowboys' most fierce rival these days. While the Cowboys have played the Eagles and Giants in playoffs games the last couple years, I don't recall the last time Cowboys-Redskins was for anything more than bragging rights.
 
Sunday night might be a little different.
 
The Redskins have a new coach in Mike Shanahan, an old/new quarterback in Donovan McNabb and the same jealous little owner in Dan Snyder. FedEx Field's video boards are better than Cowboys Stadium? Yeah, right. Dork.
 
Both of last year's games were close (7-6 and 17-0 Dallas wins), but neither was a classic. If the 2010 season-opener is to crack the top 10 in this long rivalry, it'll probably be low scoring. In their last five trips to D.C. the Cowboys have managed only 7, 19, 6, 14 and 17 points.
 

Ol' antagonist George Allen used to try to rile us up by declaring the days before a Cowboys-Redskins game "Dallas Week." Back then, it barely raised an eyebrow, much less the blood pressure, as Dallas routinely had loftier goals than simply dispatching of a finger-licking, hand-clapping coach hopped up on the early ancestors of Red Bull.

I covered several Cowboys' games in D.C. where old RFK Stadium would shake, and attended some Redskins' games at Texas Stadium where Cowboys' fans were actually awake. Dallas has a 59-37 series edge, including its lone win during a 1-15 nightmare in '89. But the Redskins have won the only two times - in '72 and '83 - a trip to the Super Bowl was on the line.

The Top 10 Most Memorable Games in Cowboys-Redskins History:

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10. Cowboys 31, at Redskins 30. 11.15.66
Aided by a controversial late-hit penalty, Don Meredith drives Dallas for Danny Villanueva's game-winning 29-yard field goal at the gun.

9. Redskins 14, at Cowboys 13. 9.19.05
On a night supposedly belonging to the induction of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin into the Ring of Honor, Santana Moss poops the party with two long touchdown catches in the final four minutes.

8. Redskins 31, at Cowboys 10. 12.11.83
In a showdown of 12-2 powers, the Cowboys trail 14-10 in the fourth quarter when Danny White audibles to a handoff that is snuffed on a key fourth down. On the sideline CBS cameras catches coach Tom Landry wincing "No Danny! No!"

7. At Redskins 14, Cowboys 7. 10.8.73
In an epic struggle that seems to go on for minutes, Washington safety Ken Houston finally wrestles Walt Garrison down at the 1-yard line as time expires on Monday Night Football.

6. Cowboys 31, at Redskins 30. 9.5.83
Danny White rallies Dallas from a 23-3 halftime deficit with four second-half touchdown passes on Monday Night Football.


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