In today's Rewarding Moments In Redskins History presented by Maryland Lottery My Lottery Rewards, we look back at when the Redskins defeated the Cowboys in the NFC Championship on Dec. 31, 1972.
After falling in the divisional round the year before, the Washington Redskins entered the 1972 postseason as the NFC East champions with a record of 11-3. Then they beat the Green Bay Packers, 16-3, to advance to the conference championship game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys defeated Washington, 34-24, in the second-to-last game of the regular season, but Dallas was no match for its division rival during this New Year's Eve showdown.
The Redskins allowed a single field goal, while their offense put up 26 points thanks to standout performances from quarterback Billy Kilmer (14 of 18 passing, 194 yards and two touchdowns) and wide receiver Charley Taylor, who made seven receptions for 146 yards and found the end zone twice. Meanwhile, running back Larry Brown carried the ball 30 times for 88 yards in the 26-3 route.
The win sent the Redskins to their first-ever Super Bowl, where they suffered a 14-7 loss to the undefeated Miami Dolphins.