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Dallas Cowboys Escape Washington With Win
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Dallas Cowboys Escape Washington With Win

It wasn't supposed to be that difficult for the Cowboys to win this game. They went into play a Washington team that was reeling and in the midst of a five game losing streak. Dallas almost gift wrapped a streak busting win for the Skins, but in the end prevailed in OT as Dan Bailey kicked in the deciding points.

The Boys will take then win any way they can get it, but I'm sure Head Coach Jason Garrett is going to have plenty to work on in the next few days as they have a quick turnaround for their annual Turkey Day game. Romo was as good as he can be and he carved up the Skins defense for 292 yards and 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. Two of those came in the fourth quarter as they made a mad scramble to score 14 points and took a lead for the first time since early in the game.

DeMarco Murray ran the ball hard 25 times, but was only rewarded with 73 yards for his efforts. Felix Jones returned but it was uneventful as he touched the ball six times for 22 yards. There were just no huge holes to run through on this blustery day in D.C.

"The Mad Scientist" Mike Shanahan was at it again with his infuriating methods of deploying his running back core. Just about everybody on the offensive side of the ball got a chance to run with it, and nobody was even close to being called successful. Roy Helu led the charge with 8 carries for a team leading 35 yards. Ryan Torain kept up his bid to be a yearlong starter and accomplish absolutely nothing. He and former Cowboy Tashard Choice, getting his first Redskin action, combined to run it 11 times for 12 yards.

Sexy Rexy Grossman wouldn't have made People's top 50 list this year, as he was about the only person doing anything for them. He continually hooked up with mediocre #1 receiver Jabar Gaffney for seven catches and 115 yards and a TD. His second and final touchdown went to just resigned Donte Stallworth to tie the game with 14 seconds left to send it into overtime.

Trailingat the half, Dallas went further behind as Washington made it 17-10 early in the third.In the fourth quarter Romobegan to assert himself. He was forced to scramble a bit to give himself time, and found Laurent Robinson for a 7 yard score to tie the game. A few minutes later, on another scrambling play, Romo found Jason Witten running wide open across the middle for what would end up a 59 yard scoring play that put them ahead.

In the overtime, the Dallas defense forced a punt and got the ball back. Romo was more than up to the task as he found Dez Bryant for 26 yards on a 3rd and 15 play that put them into field goal range. Dan Bailey squeaked it through the uprights, just barely, and the Cowboys had their victory. Tony Romo finished with a QB rating of over 100 for the third consecutive week.

Now back in first place in the NFC East race, they play Miami at home in the Thanksgiving Day game. A few weeks ago this could have been seen as an easy W, but no longer as the Dolphins have won three in a row. After that they get the hapless Cardinals before the big showdown against the New York Football Giants.


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