Twenty one years ago today, an era ended as the Redskins played their final game at RFK.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a playoff game or one that would clinch a division title for the home team. But the Cowboys were the opponent and the capacity crowd didn’t seem to mind the fact that the Redskins had been eliminated from the playoffs. They just wanted to drink in the atmosphere of the old building one more time.
Here is the account of that game taken from the pages of The Redskins Chronicle.
RFK Stadium—The game was the backdrop and the venue took center stage—this was the final Redskins game at venerable RFK Stadium. Dallas had clinched its playoff position and Washington had been eliminated, so the contest was an exhibition. The Redskins didn’t disappoint the 56,464 fans as they thumped the Cowboys.
Scott Blanton booted field goals of 45 and 29 yards to get the Redskins on the board first. After Dallas responded with a three-pointer of its own, the Redskins drove to the first of three Terry Allen touchdown runs. During the game, Allen moved his rushing yardage total for the season to 1,353, a team record for a single season. John Riggins formerly held the record and was there along with dozens of other ex-Skins including Sonny Jurgensen, Dexter Manley, Monte Coleman and other luminaries from the RFK era. They marched onto the field at halftime to give the stadium a final hurrah.
By then the Redskins were up 16-3 and gave the crowd plenty more to enjoy in the second half. Allen scored two more touchdowns on runs on two and six yards before yielding to rookie Stephen Davis, who bulled over from four yards out for Washington’s final TD. That put Washington up 37-3 and was the last touchdown scored by a Redskin at RFK.
“A lot of memories will be lost,” said Billy Kilmer, “but they’ll never die.”
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