I’m 25 years old, so technically I was alive for two the Redskins' Super Bowl victories. However, I have no recollection of them—nor should I.
Let’s take the ’87-’88 and ’91-92 championship out of the equation. With that being said, I’ve witnessed/comprehended one division title in the 1999-2000 season as well as two wild-card appearances during the second Gibbs era.
So, I’ve watched five playoff games and other do-or-die games like the 2007 victory against Dallas to earn a wild-card berth.
I distinctly remember all of those games, as I was extremely anxious.
As the Redskins and Cowboys battle on Sunday night, I find myself uncontrollably nervous. This is the biggest game that I’ve been a part of as a fan and a writer, of course.
This is a Hollywood script. You have two bitter rivals with stars like Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and RGIII.
It’s just different. The Redskins have their knight in Robert Griffin III. They have surmounted an improbable comeback over the past six games to where they have become one of the most dangerous teams in the league.
If the Redskins were playing any other team, I would feel differently, but because they are playing the hated Cowboys, this is a special game, as previous matchups between these two teams are forever ingrained in football’s history.
I’ve said this before, but there’s nothing better than beating Dallas, and there’s nothing worse than losing to it.
Below are the 10 keys to the game.