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Rewarding Moments In Redskins History: Redskins Take Down Cowboys To Advance To Super Bowl


In today's Rewarding Moments In Redskins History presented by Maryland Lottery My Lottery Rewards, we look back at the Redskins 31-17 win that sent them to Super Bowl XVII.

The stage was set at RFK Stadium on Jan. 22, 1983 for an epic battle between division rivals to determine who would represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The Redskins entered the game playing as well as ever. Coming off an 8-1 record in the regular season and two wins in the playoffs by a combined score of 52-14, the team looked to continue their dominance in the NFC Championship.

They did just that. Behind quarterback Joe Theismann's 150 passing yards and one touchdown and running back John Riggins' 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns, the Redskins pulled out a 31-17 victory over the Cowboys. Only up by four points heading into the fourth quarter, a interception return for a touchdown by Darryl Grant helped seal the win for Washington.

The victory marked the second time the Redskins had defeated the Cowboys to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. The first came in the 1972 NFC Championship game, where Washington took down Dallas 26-3. However, unlike in '72 when the Redskins lost in Super Bowl VII to the Miami Dolphins, Washington reversed the pattern this time around with a 27-17 win over the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.