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Redskins-Cowboys: Just The Touchdowns

Posted Oct 9, 2013

The Washington Redskins scored nine touchdowns in a season sweep of their arch-rival Dallas Cowboys in 2012. Here's a look back at the cornucopia of scoring.

The Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys rivalry dates back to 1960, when Dallas became the first team to challenge the Redskins' supremacy in the South.

Since then, the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry has taken on a life of its own and remains one of the fiercest in the NFL.

Of the 106 previous meetings between the teams, two of the most exciting contests occurred last year, when the Redskins swept the season series, book-ending a seven-game winning streak en route to the NFC East division title.

Along the way, the Redskins scored nine touchdowns against the Cowboys, tying for the most in rivalry history (nine, 1961).

Here is a look back at the cornucopia of scoring, listed in chronological order.

1. Robert Griffin III To Aldrick Robinson For 68 yards

The Redskins enjoyed a memorable Thanksgiving Day feast in Dallas, scoring four times alone in the second quarter.

Beginning in dazzling fashion, wideout Aldrick Robinson streaked downfield, split two defenders and zoomed to the end zone for a 68-yard touchdown. 

As you can see, the play was set up by a play-action fake to running back Alfred Morris:

2. Alfred Morris Plunges For One Yard

Morris got an opportunity on the next drive, taking advantage of a defensive fumble recovery and the ensuing short field.

Picking up 15 yards on three carries, Morris got the nod on 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line, set up by Cowboys pass interference in the end zone. 

Taking the Robert Griffin III handoff, Morris plunged ahead, untouched for the score:

3. Robert Griffin III to Pierre Garçon For 59 Yards

Redskins receiver Pierre Garçon got the job done two drives later, catching a deep crossing route on 2nd-and-12. 

Splitting three defenders, Garçon turned a first down catch into a footrace for the end zone, leaving a trail of frustrated Cowboys in his wake, en route to a 59-yard score:

4. Robert Griffin III to Santana Moss For Six Yards

In the waning moments of the second quarter, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall picked off Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and returned the ball 27 yards to the Dallas 33-yard line.

The Redskins had 30 seconds before halftime, and ran three plays, getting the ball down to the 6-yard line.

Lined up in the shotgun, Griffin III looked to his right and found receiver Santana Moss with a step on his defender at the goal line.

The play was reviewed by officials, who confirmed that he had both feet down in-bounds for the touchdown:

5. Robert Griffin III to Niles Paul For 29 Yards

The Redskins were held scoreless in the third quarter, but had the ball first in the final quarter of play.

Marching from their own 18-yard line, the Redskins offense had a 3rd-and-1 from the Dallas 29-yard line.

Taking the snap under center, Griffin III dropped back and found tight end Niles Paul running a flag pattern uncovered near the goal line.

The ensuing completion and score was the difference between winning and losing, as Paul caught his first NFL touchdown:

6. Alfred Morris For 17 Yards

The Redskins hosted the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in Week 17, with the fate of the NFC East hanging in the balance.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Redskins fell behind on a Jason Witten touchdown, but found a rhythm behind a balanced offensive attack.

Redskins running back Alfred Morris came out of the gate strong and rumbled 17 yards untouched to the end zone to put his team on the board:

7. Robert Griffin III For 10 Yards

No. 10 flashed his versatility in the third quarter, confidently distributing the ball and marching the team down to the 10-yard line.

Calling his own number in the huddle, Robert Griffin III faked the handoff to Alfred Morris and followed blocks by Logan Paulsen and Pierre Garcon into the end zone:

8. Robert Griffin III For 10 Yards

By the fourth quarter, rookie running back Alfred Morris had already secured the franchise's single season rushing record and looked to be on pace for the best game of his career.

With a four-point lead and the home crowd behind them, the Redskins were driving in Cowboys' territory and made it down to the 32-yard line.

Taking the pitch from Robert Griffin III on 1st-and-10, Alfred Morris sliced through the line and cut back to his right, leaving Cowboys defenders flopped on the field.

After one of Morris's longest runs of the season, they were putting up six on the scoreboard:

9. Robert Griffin III For 10 Yards

Holding a three-point lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, the Redskins needed insurance points and to take time off the clock.

Marching the offense down to the 1-yard line, Redskins running back Alfred Morris put the team on his shoulders and bulldozed his way in for the third score and 200th yard of the day:




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