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Cowboys look to gobble up Washington on Thanksgiving Day

The will wait to see their third East rival a full 12 weeks into the season. Washington comes to Dallas on Day in the first meeting.

The teams will play in the season finale in January at FedEx Field. It will be the second straight year the teams have played each other in the final week.

Dallas has dominated the series, holding a 76-48-2 record over Washington. The Cowboys have outscored the Commanders 2940-2468.

Winning Home And Away

The Cowboys are 42-17-2 at home, with a 1580-1135 scoring . Dallas was 6-3-2 at the against the Redskins.

The two teams tied the first two games they played in Dallas. The Cowboys then won the next three meetings.

Washington answered with two wins before Dallas reeled off three in a row again. The Redskins won their last game at the Cotton Bowl, 20-16, in 1971.

Dallas won the first four meetings at and went 26-10 overall. Washington did win its last visit to Irving, 26-24, in 2008.

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IRVING, TX – DECEMBER 13: #12 of the Dallas Cowboys scrambles for a first down against the during a game on December 13, 1975 in Irving, Texas. Roger Thomas Staubach played for the Cowboys from 1969-79. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

The Cowboys won the first three games at and are 10-4 overall.

They have beaten Washington the last two games played in Arlington.

But the series is much closer at Washington. Dallas is just 34-31 with a slim 1360-1333 scoring lead.

Lots To Be Thankful For

The has carried over to Thanksgiving Day. The two teams will be meeting for the 11th time on the holiday.

Dallas holds an 8-2 record over Washington on Turkey Day. Dallas won the first six Turkey Day games.

Washington's first win on Thanksgiving was a 38-31 victory in 2012.

The last time the teams met in the holiday classic, Washington rolled to a 41-16 victory. Washington scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Against The League

Dallas comes into the game with a 32-22-1 record on Thanksgiving Day.

Against their other rivals they are 6-2.

The Cowboys have beaten the Giants both times they have played on Thanksgiving. They were 4-0 against the .

They haven't played the Cardinals on Thanksgiving since the team moved to Arizona.

Dallas is 0-2 against the Eagles.

Overall against NFC teams Dallas is 21-10-1. The one tie, 24-24, came in 1969 against the 49ers. Dallas is 11-12 versus AFC teams.

The Mad Bomber

In the most iconic Thanksgiving Day game in , a little-known player from Abilene Christian carved his name into Cowboys' lore.

On Nov. 28, 1974, the Redskins was to knock Roger Staubach out of the game.

They succeeded. Enter Clint Longley, the Cowboys' .

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Clint Longley rallied Dallas to an unlikely 24-23 victory over the Redskins (Nate Fine/Chicago Tribune)

, the former Cowboys , scored his second touchdown to give Washington a 23-17 lead.

Dallas found themselves at midfield with 28 seconds left in the game.

Longley dropped back and hit on a 50-yard Hail Mary pass to win the game 24-23.

The Abilene Christian alum had not prepared to play in the game at all. Somehow he found a way to lead Dallas to three second-half touchdown drives.

Dallas' offensive lineman called Longley's performance “the triumph of the uncluttered mind.”

Longley earned the nickname, the Mad Bomber, for his performance.

Longley would be traded to San Diego before the 1976 season after sucker-punching Staubach during .

Championship Blues

The two teams have met twice in the , both times in the game. Both ended in Redskins' victory.

In the 1972 title game, Dallas' never got on track. Billy Kilmer hooked up with Charley Taylor for two touchdowns and Washington rolled to a 26-3 win.

Ten years later, Dallas came back to RFK Stadium. But behind they fell behind 14-3 at the half.

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Gary Hogeboom relieved White, knocked out with a concussion, and rallied Dallas to 21-17 with a pair of third-quarter scoring passes.

But with seven minutes left, Hogeboom's screen pass to was tipped by Dexter Manley.

Darryl Grant grabbed the ball and returned it 10 yards for the game-sealing score and a 31-17 win.

Richard Paolinelli
Richard Paolinelli
Richard has covered sports at all levels - from local, prep, college, and professional - since 1984. He has been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys since 1969. Since retiring as a full-time sports writer in 2013, he has written and published several novels, two dozen short stories and two sports non-fiction books.

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