After a back-and-forth struggle of more than 60 minutes, the Dallas Cowboys were able to steal a crucial win from the Washington Redskins in Landover today, sending the ‘Skins to their sixth straight loss with a 27-24 overtime win.
Dallas got the scoring started on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant in the first quarter. Dan Bailey added a 37-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10, a lead that would stand until less than five minutes remained in the half.
Rex Grossman ran the Redskins’ first touchdown in himself, a four-yard dash, and Jabar Gaffney caught a 16-yard TD pass from Grossman with just 20 seconds left in the first half, to give Washington a 14-10 halftime lead.
Washington extended the lead to 17-7 on their first drive of the second half, on a 40-yard field goal by Graham Gano.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter, following a miss by Gano, that Dallas’ offense got back on track. The Cowboys tied the game up with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Romo to Laurent Robinson. Robinson has now scored a touchdown in each of the team’s past four games.
Romo hit Jason Witten on a broken play-turned-touchdown pass on the team’s next drive, a 59-yarder--the longest TD catch of Witten’s career--to give the Cowboys the lead at 24-17. But like in the first half, Dallas couldn’t hold off a late surge by the Redskins’ offense.
Grossman hit Donte Stallworth with just over 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game up at 24-24, leaving essentially no time for Dallas to answer. So we went to overtime, where Washington won the toss, and drove on Dallas, eventually attempting a 52-yard field goal. Gano missed this one, giving Dallas another chance to steal the road win.
Which they did. Bailey hit on a 39-yard field goal to cap a seven-play, 37-yard drive and give Dallas the 27-24 victory.
At 6-4, the Cowboys will host the Miami Dolphins at Cowboys Stadium for a Thanksgiving Day showdown this Thursday.
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