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Redskins Bid Farewell to Texas Stadium

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It's safe to say the Redskins won't be shedding any tears when Texas Stadium closes its doors after this season.

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The Redskins' record at Texas Stadium is 9-26.

There have been few highlights for the Redskins at Texas Stadium, which opened in 1971.

The first memorable Redskins-Cowboys matchup at the stadium was three years later, in 1974.

Two words: Clint Longley.

After the Redskins knocked out Roger Staubach, little known Longley fired a 50-yard touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to lead the Cowboys to a stunning 24-23 win on Thanksgiving Day.

In 1979, the Redskins let a playoff berth slip away at Texas Stadium when Staubach led Dallas to two touchdowns in the final 2:20 for a dramatic 35-34 win.

After that game, Harvey Martin fueled a bitter rivalry when he tossed a funeral wreath into the Redskins' locker room after the game.

Four years later, the Redskins would get sweet revenge. They dismantled the Cowboys at Texas Stadium and psyched them out at the same time. Players traveled to Texas wearing Army fatigues, saying they were on a mission in what they called the "Invasion of Dallas."

The result was a convincing 31-10 victory and sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

During the next 20 years, Redskins' losses piled up at the stadium, including a 44-14 defeat in 1985 and a demoralizing 38-3 loss in 1993.

From 1996-2004, the Redskins lost nine straight in Dallas.

In 1997, the Redskins led for the first 54 minutes at Texas Stadium, but Troy Aikman led the Cowboys to 11 points in the final minutes for a 17-14 win.

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More of the same in 2004, Joe Gibbs' first year back at the helm.

Vinny Testaverde connected on a 39-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Crayton with 55 seconds remaining to give Dallas a 13-10 win in a game the Redskins had dominated most of the way.

A year later, it was turnabout.

In a Week 2 matchup at Texas Stadium, the Redskins offense struggled for the first 55 minutes of the game. Trailing 13-0, Mark Brunell threw a pair of stunning touchdown passes to Santana Moss.

The first was a 39-yarder on a fourth down play. The second was a 70-yard throw that gave the Redskins the win.

Ask any current Redskin of their favorite moment in the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry, and that game is No. 1 in their minds.

It was a turning point in the series.

"That was my first time ever winning in Dallas," Mike Sellers said. "That was a pleasure. That stadium was rocking and all of a sudden it got real quiet."

This Sunday, the Redskins visit Texas Stadium for the last time in the regular season.

The stage is set for another classic game between the Redskins and Cowboys.

Dallas, 3-0, is considered by many to be the Super Bowl favorite.

Washington, 2-1, could jump into elite status with an upset win.

"It's exciting to be playing at Texas Stadium for the last time," Jon Jansen said. "It has been a landmark in the NFL for a long time."

And then there's Jim Zorn. He gets his first taste of Texas Stadium as an NFL head coach on Sunday.

As a player and assistant coach, Zorn has been far removed from the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry. He has spent most of his adult life on the West Coast, in Seattle with the Seahawks.

He admits he's a newcomer to Redskins-Cowboys.

"I just don't have the animosity yet, you know what I mean?" Zorn said. "I know I'm the head football coach and I'm supposed to. I'm sure I'll get there at some point down the road.

"My experience [with rivalries] is with the Seahawks and Raiders. I know there are certain things that feed rivalries, and I'm just waiting to see what happens now with the Redskins and Cowboys."

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