Thanksgiving history between the Cowboys and Washington

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach (Photo by Nate Fine/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach (Photo by Nate Fine/Getty Images) /
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Robert Griffin, Washington
Robert Griffin, Washington (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Thanksgiving Day 2012

Washington’s lone win.

After six straight losses on Thanksgiving to the Cowboys, Washington finally got in the win column in large part to a rookie phenom. Quarterback Robert Griffin, III put his team on his back, throwing for just over 300 yards and four touchdowns while Washington fought off a fierce rally from Dallas to win 38-31.

Washington would use this game to catapult themselves from 4-6 to running the table and winning the NFC East with a 10-6 record. This game greatly helped Griffin also take home the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2012.

Thanksgiving Day 2016

Turnabout is fair play.

Four years after the Cowboys were destroyed by a rookie quarterback, they unleashed their own rookie magic on Washington leading to a 31-26 victory. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott combined for four touchdowns, withstanding an amazing game from Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins (41 for 53, 449 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions) to reach ten wins before December on their way to the best record in team history.

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So there you have it. One man’s vote for the five most memorable moments between these two teams on Thanksgiving Day. Do you have a favorite that I missed? Feel free to share them below.