50 Seasons Series: Cowboys Stun Redskins to Open 1983 Season

This post is part of theĀ 50 Seasons Series.

The Cowboys may have struggled to find ultimate playoff success during the 1980s, but they were still one of the stronger teams in the league for the first half of the decade. To open the 1983 season, they had to return to RFK Stadium in Washington to face the defending Super Bowl Champion Redskins.

Washington raced out to a 23-3 halftime lead. The most memorable moment in the first half was a 77-yard run by Tony Dorsett, but even that play was overshadowed by rookie Darrell Green running Dorsett down from behind.

By 1983, Tony Hill had become the team’s best receiver, and when Danny White went deep to Hill in the second half, good things happened. White connected with Hill on touchdown passes of 75 and 51 yards to cut the Washington lead to 23-17. A White touchdown run followed by a TD pass to Doug Cosbie gave the Cowboys the lead for good. Washington scored late to close the gap to 31-30, but Dallas was able to run out the clock.

Here is a great video on YouTube by a user named rowisdan showing the highlights from this Monday Night Football game.

More references:

Cowboys Rally by Redskins, 31-30 (DMN)

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  • Seeing Randy White pressure Theismann into that last INT brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye!

  • David H

    God bless the person who posted this (and other) Cowboy game clips…too bad they can’t have the actual game calls. But beggars can’t be choosers!

  • Matt Cordon

    Another user is bbgun1967. He has some clips from the 1979 playoff loss to the Rams, including the Billy Waddy touchdown and Staubach’s last pass to Herbert Scott.
    Check out http://www.youtube.com/user/bbgun1967

  • Tim Truemper

    Wonderful thanks for the video clip whoever you are! That was one helluva game–though the first half definitely had me wondering.