The Dallas Cowboys did all they could to make Sunday afternoon’s match-up with the Washington Redskins a thriller, turning what should have been a sure win into an all-too-questionable one, but came out on top nonetheless, 33-30.
After a kick return of 38 yards by Bryan McCann, the Cowboys took their opening drive all of 30 yards to set David Buehler up for a 42 yard field goal, to put Dallas up by three.
A Gerald Sensabaugh interception gave Dallas the ball at Washington’s 27 yard line, and from there, the Cowboys needed just three plays to hit pay-dirt. The Cowboys’ first touchdown came on a three-yard touchdown pass from Jon Kitna to Miles Austin.
Buehler added a 20-yarder to bring the Dallas lead to 13 before the Redskins struck back, on a touchdown pass from Rex Grossman to Ryan Torain. Dallas answered quickly with a nine play, 97 yard drive, punctuated with a 14 yard touchdown pass from Kitna to Jason Witten.
Buehler missed on a 35 yard attempt as time ran out on the half.
On the Redskins’ first drive of the latter half, DeMarcus Ware strip-sacked Grossman to give Dallas the ball on the Washington 15. Tashard Choice took a three-yard carry into the end zone to extend the Dallas lead to 20. Then, the ‘Skins came charging back.
Grossman hit Santana Moss on a quick slant to close the Cowboys’ lead to 27-14. Buehler added a 20 yard field goal on Dallas’ next drive, but after two touchdown passes, from Grossman to Moss and Cooley, respectively, and two successful two point conversions (to Mike Sellers and Cooley, respectively), Washington and Dallas were tied up at 30-30.
Dallas salvaged the win on a 39 yard field goal by Buehler, with less than a minute left to play. Washington drove as far as their own 47 before Terence Newman intercepted Grossman to seal the Dallas victory.
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