Redskins Hammer Danny White, Take Down Cowboys In Comeback Thriller 30-28
The Dallas Cowboys closed out their 1984 home schedule with a disheartening 30-28 defeat at the hands of their rivals from Washington. Despite three first half touchdowns from Danny White, the Cowboys were ultimately bested by Washington place-kicker Mark Moseley’s three field goals and a ferocious Redskins pass rush.
The pleas from the Texas Stadium faithful for backup quarterback Gary Hogeboom became more pronounced in the fourth quarter, as White suffered a second-half meltdown, tossing two interceptions that let the Redskins back in the game. With the Cowboys leading 21-6 to start the third quarter, White made his first mistake when he allowed cornerback Darrell Green to step in front of his pass and return it 32 yards for a game-turning touchdown. Green would later add another theft to his resume, thanks in large part to a Washington front-four that sacked White five times during the game.
Moseley’s final trey on the afternoon, a 21-yard chip shot, came late in the third quarter and gave Washington their first lead 23-21. When White found Tony Hill open for a 43-yard score just moments later, the crowd of 64,286 thought their team had finally delivered the knockout blow. But back came the Redskins using intermediate throws from Joe Theismann and punishing runs from John Riggins. At the end of the day, it was Riggins plowing over the Dallas defense from a yard out which capped the scoring.
The loss dropped the Cowboys to 9-6 on the season, and was the first of two consecutive defeats that kept Dallas out of the playoffs.