1979 Rogers Staubach’s Last Miracle

The last weekend of 1979 saw a tight situation in the NFC East.   Three teams the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles,  had 1o-5 records.  As the math revealed, the Eagles had the Wild Card  and could do no better or worse.  The winner of the Cowboys and Redskins game would be in first place  heading into the post season.  The loser would have to plan for 1980.  A few weeks earlier at Washington, the Redskins  defeated the Cowboys 34 to 21.

At Dallas, the Redskins got off to a quick start leading 17 to 0.  The Cowboys came back and it was a back and fourth game until the fourth quarter.   With seven minutes left in the game the Diesel, John Riggins, went 66 yards for a touchdown  and a 34 to 21 lead for DC.   After a 7-1 start, Dallas had been floundering and few thought that Dallas would win. Then came Roger Staubach throwing  two touchdown passes-26 yards to Ron Springs and  eight yards pass to Tony Hill.  Only eight seconds remained in the game and the crowd went wild.

Joe Theisman had a good game but he was no match for Roger Staubach.  RS completed 24 of 46 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns.  Tony Hill caught eight of these passes for 113 yards  and three touchdowns.   John Riggins kept the Redskins in the game by carrying 22 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns.  This was the last of the Staubach lead come from behind victories.

The Eagles, on the road, defeated the Houston Oilers 26 to 20.


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