The Day a Dallas Cowboys Legend Retired

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A win by the Cowboys would mean that they had the most wins in the NFL for the decade of the 70′s with 105 wins. Remember, From 1970 to 1977, the season was 14 games long. They would have had quite a few more wins with a 16 game format. The win would put them one win ahead of the Miami Dolphins for the decade. An amazing feat for a team that only has 6 Hall of Famers for that entire decade. 5 Super Bowl appearances and 105 wins just aren’t what they are cracked up to be.

Perhaps the most important information of all was that prior to the game an all black funeral wreath was delivered to Harvey Martin. It simply said, “from the Redskins.” Early on it seemed like the wreath was an omen. On Dallas’ first 2 possessions they fumbled the ball and Washington recovered both times. On their next two series they were forced to punt. Washington capitalized on these chances and quickly took a 17-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter.

Nov 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys former quarterback Roger Staubach enters the field during a halftime ceremony against the Seattle Seahawks at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Realizing their backs were against the wall Roger Staubach did what he did best. He engineered drives. After Dallas scored it’s second touchdown, just before the half, Roger had whittled the Redskins lead to 17-14. Momentum had clearly swung the way of the Dallas Cowboys. They scored a third touchdown to start the second half and Dallas took a 21-17 lead.

The game would prove to be one of swings and unanswered points. The Redskins scored the first 17 points. Dallas scored the next 21 points. The Redskins would seize the momentum back and score the next 14 points to take a 34-21 lead deep into the 4th quarter. On their last score John Riggins rumbled 66 yards for a score and the Redskins bench rushed the endzone to celebrate. In today’s NFL it certainly would have drawn a flag.

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