Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Tony Romo threw two fourth quarter touchdowns
and Dan Bailey nailed a 39-yard field goal in overtime to give the Dallas
Cowboys a 27-24 victory over the Washington Redskins.
Romo completed 23-of-37 passes for 292 yards and three scores for Dallas
(6-4), which won its third straight game. The Cowboys also moved into a tie
with the Giants for first place in the NFC East after New York lost against
Philadelphia on Sunday night.
DeMarco Murray carried the ball 25 times for 73 yards and Jason Witten paced
the Cowboys with 85 receiving yards and a score.
"In the end we just did enough to win this ball game," Cowboys head coach
Jason Garrett said. "There were a lot of guys who stepped up in different
roles in this game and made plays for us."
Rex Grossman threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-tying
four-yard TD in the final minute of regulation on 25-of-38 passing for
Jabar Gaffney caught seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in the loss,
while Graham Gano made 1-of-3 field goals.
Gano missed a 52-yarder wide right in the extra frame to hand the Redskins
their sixth consecutive defeat.
Trailing by seven late in the fourth quarter, Washington took over on offense
at its own 11 with 5:35 left in regulation.
Donte' Stallworth hauled in a 20-yard grab on the first play of the drive and
a 27-yard reception by Darrel Young moved the ball past midfield.
A Grossman third-down pass at the Dallas 21 fell incomplete, but a defensive
holding penalty on Dallas gave Washington a fresh set of downs.
Facing a 3rd-and-goal at the four with time winding down, Grossman hit
Stallworth in the back-left corner of the end zone on a fade to send the game
"I tried to put it in the back of the end zone where only he could get it and
he made a great catch on it," Grossman said about his game-tying throw.
Washington won the toss in the extra frame and got the ball first, driving to
the Dallas 34 as the Redskins saw just one third down. But Gano's 52-yard
attempt sailed wide to the right.
After Martellus Bennett fought for a 14-yard gain on the first play of Dallas'
drive, the Cowboys saw themselves in a 3rd-and-15 situation near midfield. Dez
Bryant was able to pull the Cowboys out of it, though, when he beat two
defenders and pulled down a 26-yard gain.
Three plays later, Bailey snuck a 39-yard kick just inside the right upright
to give Dallas the win.
Dallas was held to a punt on the opening possession of the game, but was given
the ball right back three plays later when a Fred Davis fumble was recovered
by the Cowboys at the Washington 24.
Romo quickly put Dallas on the board by hitting Bryant for a 22-yard
Neither team was able to put together much offense for the remainder of the
first quarter as only one of five drives reached into the opposition's
The Cowboys were finally able to put a drive together on their first touch of
the second quarter and Bailey's 37-yard field goal made it a 10-0 game.
Washington got on the board three possessions later when Grossman capped a
six-play drive with a four-yard sneak in for the score.
Dallas was then held to a punt and Washington went into the break with a 14-10
lead after Gaffney's 16-yard TD grab with 14 seconds left in the half.
Gano split the uprights from 40 yards out on the opening possession of the
second half to put Washington up by seven.
But Romo found Laurent Robinson on the left side of the end zone less than a
minute into the fourth to tie the game and then gave Dallas a 24-17 advantage
after a Washington punt when he spun away from a rush and hit Witten deep down
the middle of the field for a 59-yard score.
Dallas leads the all-time series 62-38-2 and has won six of the last seven
meetings...Robinson has caught a touchdown in four straight games...Cowboys
linebacker DeMarcus Ware had a sack and has now recorded a sack in 11 of the
last 13 games.
11/20 19:21:36 ET
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