On a day where the Dallas Cowboys struggled mightily, the Cowboys were able to score ten points in the last six minutes to earn their eighth victory of the season. With the win, the Cowboys were able to keep pace with the first place Philadelphia Eagles.
With the Eagles’ rout against the Bears, this sets up a third consecutive week 17 “NFC East title game” for the division. The Cowboys have been able to make it to the last two, but they came away on the wrong side of both of those games. Dallas needed a win against the Redskins to ensure a meaningful week 17 matchup, and they did just that.
All fans knew this was not going to come easily for the Cowboys. It is a rivalry, as well as London Fletcher‘s last home game. The Cowboys were stagnant much of the day. On the two drives where they put ten unanswered points on the board, the Cowboys put up 160 yards on just those two drives. Before the two drives, the Cowboys only had 145 yards against a defense that was one of the worst in Washington’s history.
Despite the measly performance by the offense, the Dallas defense had one of its best performances in the past few weeks. The defense only surrendered a little under 300 yards as well as only 23 points. However, the Redskins controlled the football seven more minutes than the Cowboys.
With a little under four minutes left after the Dallas defense got two crucial stops, Tony Romo was able to drive
this team 87 yards downfield for a much-needed victory. The game-winning drive started with a 15 yard pass to rookie Terrance Williams. Two plays later, Romo scrambled out of the pocket to throw a bomb downfield to Williams once again for a gain of 51 yards.
Next, Romo found Dez Bryant on the outside for a gain of 17 yards. The completion brought the Cowboys down to the Redskins’ 4 yard line. On first & goal, Murray ran the ball before being tackled at the 1 yard line. On second & goal, Murray was stuffed once again at the 1 yard line. On third & goal, the designed play was for Murray to run 25 blast behind Ronald Leary. But, Murray shifted direction and found himself stopped at the 10 yard line.
On what came down to the biggest play of Jason Garrett‘s tenure, Tony Romo did what Tony Romo always does. An acrobatic escape from the pocket on a playground play, Romo found DeMarco Murray on the one yard and Murray did the rest for Dallas.
The Cowboys were able to leave Washington without many injuries and with great confidence. Dallas is now 5-0 in the division, with the last game coming against an Eagles team next week that is flying high. The
Eagles are hitting their stride at the right time, and their running game could cause big problems for Dallas. But, the Cowboys may be getting their best defensive player back in Sean Lee. With another week of rest, the Cowboys could be getting Morris Claiborne back as well.
In the previous two week 17 matchups, the Cowboys were away for both of those games. But, the Cowboys will be able to travel back to Arlington to play the last regular season game in Jerry’s World. The Cowboys have played much better at home, as is the case by their 5-2 record. Cowboys fans have seen this movie many times before, but there is reason to believe that the Cowboys can finally get this one done. Love him or hate him, but Tony Romo delivered when the Cowboys needed it big time.