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Redskins Victory Ends Turkey Day Losing Streak

Charles E. Sutton | 11/26/2012, 9:37 p.m.

The Washington Redskins played their first Thanksgiving Day game under Coach George Allen in Detroit in 1973. The Redskins shut out the Lions en route to a 20-0 win on their way to a 10-4 season.

However, since that time, the Redskins had a 0-6 record on Thanksgiving Day with all the losses coming in Dallas. But that all changed Thursday when the Redskins went to Cowboys Stadium and came out victorious. In five of the previous six games, Washington had the lead in the second half before losing it. In the last three, the Redskins were outscored in the final quarter by a combined 27-0, creating disappointment amongst Redskins fans. Here's a look at the last seven games:

Redskins 38-31 (2012)

Although the Redskins offense got off to a slow start, they exploded for 28 points in the second quarter. Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III passed for 311 yards, rookie running back Alfred Morris ran for 113 yards and a touchdown, and the defense had three takeaways. The victory marked the Redskins' first two-game winning streak since Weeks 1 and 2 of the 2011 season.

Dallas 27-20 (2002)

This one was difficult to watch as it had two sub-.500 teams quarterbacked by Danny Wuerffel (Redskins) and Chad Hutchinson (Cowboys), who hit Joey Galloway with a go-ahead touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Dallas 21-10 (1996)

The Redskins entered the game with an 8-4 record and high playoff hopes but lost to the 7-5 Cowboys because Gus Frerotte threw two interceptions, and the Redskins couldn't contain Emmitt Smith (29 rushes, 155 yards, three touchdowns).

Dallas 27-17 (1990)

In this game, Mark Rypien had 54 pass attempts and the Cowboys rallied behind Troy Aikman (20 of 31, 222 yards, one touchdown) and Smith (23 rushes, 132 yards, two touchdowns), scoring the game's final 17 points.

Dallas 37-10 (1978)

Washington began the season 6-0 beating Dallas at RFK Stadium 9-5 on Monday Night Football. But the Cowboys got even on Thanksgiving behind Scott Laidlaw (16 rushes, 122 yards, two touchdowns) and Tony Dorsett (21 rushes, 72 yards), one of five losses to end their 8-8 season.

Dallas 24-23 (1974)

In the well-known Clint Longley game, the Redskins led 16-3 early in the third quarter and knocked quarterback Roger Staubach out of the game, but unheralded rookie Longley went 11 out of 20 for 203 yards, hitting Drew Pearson with the winning touchdown pass.

Dallas 29-20 (1968)

This team was lead by quarterback Sonny Jurgensen. A touchdown pass from backup quarterback Jim Ninowski to Pat Richter put the Redskins up in the fourth quarter before lineman Larry Cole returned a batted pass 5 yards for the winning touchdown.