Better Days (1978): Cowboys Take Control of NFC East with Win over Washington
As defending Super Bowl champions in 1978, the Cowboys ran into some problems. They stood at 6-4 after ten games, but then the team went on a tear. By Thanksgiving, both the Cowboys and the Redskins stood at 8-4, and the winner of the Thanksgiving Day game would take control of the division.
It wasn’t much of a game. Dallas stormed to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to two Rafael Septien field goals along with a touchdown by Scott Laidlaw. Then, with just over 12 minutes left in the first half, Roger Staubach hit Drew Pearson on a 53-yard bomb that basically put the game out of reach long before it was over. Dallas cruised to a 37-10 win, as Laidlaw scored twice and rushed for 121 yards.
Here is a video of a pregame interview with Staubach, a clip of Pearson’s touchdown reception, and a postgame interview with Tony Dorsett:
Dallas did not lose another game during the regular season on the team’s way to an appearance in Super Bowl XIII. Meanwhile, the Redskins did not win another game and missed the playoffs.