Since the Cowboys flashback was so popular the other day, here's another one. This one goes way back. It's the first Redskins game I remember. Actually I don't remember the whole game. I just remember Sonny standing there, with his hands on his hips watching the clock tick down. I was wondering what the neck he was doing but my dad said, just wait and see.
This Dallas team, by the way, would go on to lose to the Packers in the NFL Championship Game for the right to play in the first Super Bowl.
Played 12/11/1966, from the pages of The Redskins Chronicle, my new book that will be going on sale very soon:
Cotton Bowl—Charlie Gogolak kicked a 29-yard field goal with four seconds left to cap a wild fourth quarter and give the Redskins a stirring 34-31 win over Dallas.
The Cowboys put together a second-quarter drive to take a 7-0 lead on Don Perkins' 20-yard touchdown run, but the Redskins came right back thanks largely to Carl Kammerer. Midway through the second, the defensive end recovered a fumble, setting up a Gogolak field goal to make it 7-3. Later in the period Kammerer broke through to block Danny Villanueva's punt in the end zone and John Reger was right there to fall on the ball for the touchdown, giving the visitors the halftime lead.
After Villanueva kicked a field goal to tie the game at 10, the Cowboys drove 86 yards to reclaim the lead on Craig Morton's 23-yard touchdown pass to Bob Hayes. Washington came right back with a drive of its own. A 41-yard run by A. D. Whitfield got the Redskins down to the Dallas 11 and from there, Sonny Jurgensen threw a touchdown pass to Bobby Mitchell. The game was tied at 17 going into the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys made Washington play catch-up as Dan Reeves shook a tackle and went 67 yards for a touchdown. That's the kind of game Jurgensen likes and his 53-yard bomb to Charley Taylor led to his 11-yard scoring toss to Jerry Smith to even it up at 24.
It was Dallas' turn and they drove 72 yards, the last six on Perkins' second scoring run and recaptured the lead. No problem for Jurgensen, who promptly went long to Taylor again, this time for 65 yards and a touchdown with 3:11 remaining.
All the Cowboys needed was a tie to clinch the Eastern Division title, but they couldn't get it. Washington got the ball again and ex-Cowboy Whitfield busted loose for 30 yards to get his team in field goal range. Jurgensen stood next to the official, his hands on his hips, and watched the clock tick down to eight seconds before calling timeout. Gogolak trotted in and his game-winner from 29 yards was perfect.