It’s really hard to think this one was almost pissed away. A 52-yard Graham Gano field goal barely sailing wide right is the only reason Washington didn’t hand Dallas a loss in a game which seemed as though the Cowboys would jump on the Redskins and never look back. It came down to a 39-yard Dan Bailey field goal which just passed over the right upright.
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Washington scored 17 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to take a touchdown lead. From there it was a classic NFC East rivalry game. Every time Dallas seemed to get an edge on the Redskins, they answered back until the game ended up in overtime — the last thing you want on the road against the division rival. When Washington won the coin toss, it seemed all in the cards for this one to be squandered, but the defense held and forced the long kick for Gano.
Laurent Robinson came up big again in Miles Austin’s absence, and all of the Cowboys’ main passing threats posted a touchdown apiece. Even Martellus Bennett had three receptions, one off a deflection that wouldn’t have been possible if his head wasn’t in the game.
Felix Jones’ return proved uneventful, and I’m sure some might blame his five carries for disrupting DeMarco Murray’s tear (his streak of 100-yard games ended today with 73 yards), but it seemed as though the Redskins had more to do with that.
Penalties were nearly our undoing. Nine penalties for 48 yards, but very untimely yardage, and we were lucky to avoid a delay of game penalty for calling a timeout we didn’t have prior to the final field goal attempt.
It’s another game which is hard to measure because Washington hasn’t been competitive, but these rivalry games are practically played in a vacuum where it’s a surprise if they aren’t competitive. We probably won’t have a real clear-cut test until we play the Giants in three weeks (even though they just lost to the Eagles.) In the meantime, we’ll just have to settle for being tied for 1st in our division.
Solid Tony Romo game alert:
292 yards, 22/37, 3 TD, 0 INT, 113.8 pass rating
Tony Romo is 18-2 in November
If the Dallas Cowboys get to the playoffs this year, Rob Ryan will be the reason. There are injuries on both side of the field, but on one side, we’re holding it together for four quarters. We owe him the game and we will owe him the season, end of story.