2005 Record: 11-5
Playoffs: Defeated Tampa Bay (17-10); Lost to Seattle (20-10) in NFC Divisional Round
2005 NFL Rankings: Offense (11th), Defense (9th)
Key Veteran Additions: SS Adam Archuleta (STL); DE Andre Carter (STL); TE Christian Fauria (NE); WR Brandon Lloyd (SF); WR Antwaan Randle El (PITT); CB Kenny Wright (JAX)
Top Draft Picks: LB Roger McIntosh (Miami); DT Anthony Montgomery (Minnesota); SS Reed Doughty (N. Colorado); DT Kedric Golston (Georgia)
Key Losses: LB LaVar Arrington (NYG); OT Ray Brown (retired); SS Ryan Clark (PITT); QB Patrick Ramsey (NYJ)
All-Time Series Record vs. Cowboys: Cowboys lead series, 54-36-2
Last Year's Meetings: Defeated Dallas, 14-13 (9/19/05, Texas Stadium); Defeated Dallas 35-7 (12/18/05, FedEx Field)
Last 10 Meetings:
2005 - Redskins 35, Cowboys 7
2005 - Redskins 14, Cowboys 13
2004 - Cowboys 13, Redskins 10
2004 - Cowboys 21, Redskins 18
2003 - Cowboys 21, Redskins 14
2003 - Cowboys 27, Redskins 0
2002 - Redskins 20, Cowboys 14
2002 - Cowboys 27, Redskins 20
2001 - Cowboys 20, Redskins 14
2001 - Cowboys 9, Redskins 7
Who Can Forget?
With just one defensive stop, the Cowboys were just a few minutes away from not only beating the Redskins in front of a nationally-televised, Monday Night Football audience, but about to improve to 2-0 on the season.
But just like that, a 13-0 lead in a game the Cowboys had completely dominated got turned around with two long touchdown passes.
Washington's Mark Brunell finds Santana Moss in the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown - on a fourth-and-15 play - to cut Dallas' lead to 13-7. After stopping the Cowboys and forcing a punt, Washington came right back with yet another score - Brunell again finding Moss behind the secondary for a 70-yard touchdown.
Still in shock, the Cowboys couldn't find a way to get into field-goal range and eventually gave the ball back to the Redskins on downs, losing a heartbreaker, 14-13.
What made matters worse was the Cowboys eventually missed the playoffs, getting edged out by the Redskins - by one game.