Monday, December 28, 1998
Cowboys first to sweep NFC east
IRVING, Tex. (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys became the first team
to sweep all of its NFC East games in a season, defeating Washington
behind Emmitt Smith's two touchdown runs, giving him the NFL
Dallas finished the season 10-6 overall and 8-0 against the
NFC East, sweeping Washington for the first time since 1994.
The New York Giants almost accomplished the eight-game sweep
last season, but they were 7-0-1.
Under new coach Chan Gailey, the Cowboys turned their record
around from a 6-10 season that cost Barry Switzer his job. Washington
had a four-game winning streak snapped and completed the season
at 6-10 under Norv Turner.
Dallas will meet Arizona (9-7) in Texas Stadium on Saturday
in a first-round NFC playoff game.
Smith broke the NFL record for career rushing touchdowns on
a 1-yard run in the second quarter. A 51-yard pass from Troy
Aikman to Michael Irvin set up the score, the 124th rushing TD
for Smith, breaking a tie with Marcus Allen.
Smith struck again on the Cowboys' next possession as he broke
three tackles on a 26-yard touchdown run.
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