The Dallas Cowboys put an ugly bow on an ugly season in Arlington on Sunday, falling to the Washington Redskins at home, 34-23.
The Redskins posted 24 points to open the game, with Kirk Cousins hitting Ryan Grant, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder for touchdowns in the first quarter. Washington’s Dustin Hopkins would add a 27-yard field goal in the second to extend the lead to 24-0 before the Cowboys showed a little life.
Late in the second quarter, Kellen Moore hit Jason Witten on a four-yard touchdown pass to cap a nine-play, 80-yard drive and get the Cowboys on the board, at 24-7. After the defense came up with a stop, Moore and co. drove 86 yards on seven plays, scoring on a touchdown pass from Moore to Cole Beasley to make it 24-14.
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After intermission, Hopkins added a 33-yard field goal in the third and Rashard Ross caught a 71-yard touchdown pass from Redskins backup Colt McCoy in the fourth to extend their lead to 34-14.
The Cowboys came back, first with a safety and then with another touchdown from Moore to Beasley, but by the time the touchdown went on the board there was just over four minutes left and the Redskins were left to just run out the clock on their old rivals' season.
Moore finished the day 33-of-48 passing for 435 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Darren McFadden went for 92 yards on 12 carries and exceeds the 1,000-yard mark in a season for just the second time in his career, but, in a phenomenal metaphor for the entire season, late in the game he fumbled at the one-yard line at the end of what would have been a 23-yard touchdown, but instead was a touchback.
The Cowboys finish the 2015 season 4-12.