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This Month in RFK History

The Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys enjoy a heated rivalry that stretches back to 1961. Sports Illustrated has called the rivalry “one of the greatest in sports,” and ESPN named it the best rivalry in the NFL. So when the Redskins played their last game against the Cowboys at RFK Stadium, they made sure to do their home turf proud!

On December 22, 1996, the Redskins won their last game at RFK Stadium over their arch-rivals. Before a boisterous crowd of 65,454 – the largest football crowd in the stadium’s history – the Redskins defeated the Cowboys, 37-10.

Quarterback Gus Frerotte passed for 346 yards, while kicker Scott Blanton was three-for-three on field goals. The crowd braved the 34-degree weather with a wind chill of 26 to cheer the Redskins to victory as the team bid farewell to RFK.

It was a fitting finale to their decades-long home field. Through 36 seasons (1961-1996), the Redskins played a total of 278 games at RFK Stadium entertaining more than 14 million fans over the years.