RFK Stadium - As Doug Williams’ fourth-down pass floated towards a wide-open Don Warren in the end zone, it appeared that this game was headed into overtime. The ball stayed in the air just long enough, however, for safety Michael Downs to get his fingers on it and knock it harmlessly to the turf in the waning seconds to preserve Dallas’ win.
The drive began at the Dallas 42 with 1:28 left with Dallas up 24-17. A minute later, they were at the 20, lining up for a third and one play. Joe Gibbs told Williams to spike the ball to kill the clock with 28 seconds left, a move that Gibbs later said was a mistake as the team still had one timeout left. For a moment, however, it looked like Gibbs would be redeemed as Warren appeared to be free in the end zone, but Downs made a nice recovery and ended Washington’s chances.