=== Morris shines as Redskins top Cowboys for NFC East crown ===
 
 Landover,  MD  (Sports Network)  - Alfred  Morris saved his  best game for the
 biggest  stage, as  the rookie running back rushed for a career-best 200 yards
 and three scores to help the Washington Redskins claim the NFC East crown with
 a 28-18 triumph over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at FedEx Field.
 
 Washington's  playoff  hopes seemed dim after  the team opened the season with
 just  three  wins in its  first nine games, but  the Redskins reeled off seven
 straight  wins  to earn  their 14th  division title in  team history and first
 since 1999.
 
 "I'm really proud of this football team," Washington coach Mike Shanahan said.
 "For them to fight for seven weeks to put themselves in this position, it just
 says  a lot  about who they are and  what level they played at for about seven
 weeks."
 
 Morris  carried  the ball  33 times  in the victory,  while Robert Griffin III
 finished  just 9-of-18 passing for 100 yards to go with 63 rushing yards and a
 score  on six  carries for  the  Redskins (10-6),  who will  host their  first
 playoff  game in 12 years when the Seattle Seahawks visit for an NFC Wild Card
 game next Sunday at 4:30 p.m. (et).
 
 Morris  finished  the regular season with  1,613 rushing yards to pass Clinton
 Portis (1,516) for first on the club's all-time single-season rushing list.
 
 Tony  Romo  completed 20-of-37 passes for  218 yards with two touchdown passes
 and three interceptions, while DeMarco Murray added 76 yards on 17 carries for
 the Cowboys (8-8), who missed the postseason for the third consecutive season.
 
 "Obviously  very disappointing  for our team," Dallas coach Jason Garrett said
 of  the loss.  "At the end of the  day we didn't get the job done. They played
 better than we did and they deserved to win the ball game."
 
 Jason  Witten hauled  in seven  passes for  56 yards  and a  touchdown in  the
 setback.
 
 Washington  led 21-10  midway through the fourth quarter before Dallas' Dwayne
 Harris  returned  a punt  39 yards to  the Washington 31.  A face mask penalty
 against Washington punter Sav Rocca moved the ball to the 16-yard line and the
 Cowboys  capitalized three plays later, as Romo found Kevin Ogletree for a 10-
 yard touchdown.
 
 Romo  then rifled  a strike to Harris  for the two-point conversion to make it
 21-18 with 5:50 to play.
 
 Niles  Paul  returned the ensuing  kick 48 yards,  but Griffin was sacked near
 midfield on 3rd-and-8 and the Redskins were forced to punt.
 
 Starting  from  the Dallas 15, Romo  hit Witten for  14 yards, but on the next
 play,  his swing  pass intended for Murray  was picked off by Rob Jackson, who
 returned it two yards to the Dallas 25.
 
 Dallas quickly used its three timeouts and appeared to have Washington held to
 a  field  goal, but defensive lineman  Jason Hatcher was whistled for roughing
 the  passer on 3rd-and-7 to give Washington a fresh set of downs at the Dallas
 12 with 2:35 to play.
 
 Three  plays later,  Morris surged across the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown
 to make it 28-18 and seal the outcome.
 
 Early  on, Dallas'  first touch  started from  the Washington  27 following  a
 Redskins  three-and-out, but Romo overthrew Ogletree on 3rd-and-8 and the ball
 was intercepted by Richard Crawford to end the possession.
 
 Griffin then lead the Redskins deep into Dallas territory with a 9-yard sprint
 on  3rd-and-4 to  the Dallas  27. Washington  would come  away empty  as well,
 though, as Kai Forbath's 37-yard field goal hit the right upright, marking the
 rookie's first career miss after hitting his first 17 tries of the season
 
 Dallas  finally  broke through early  in the second  quarter, as Romo kept the
 trek moving with a 25-yard completion to Harris on 3rd-and-6 to the Washington
 49.
 
 Four  straight runs from Murray moved the ball to the Washington 9 before Romo
 bought  time in the pocket and found Witten in the end zone for a 9-yard score
 to make it 7-0 with just under eight minutes left in the half.
 
 Washington  answered  with a scoring  march of its  own, as Griffin and Morris
 moved  the  Redskins down the  field before  Morris capped the 8-play, 68-yard
 march  with a 17-yard touchdown scamper to knot the game at 7-7 with 3:28 left
 in the second quarter.
 
 Dallas  made its  way into Washington territory on its ensuing possession, but
 rather  than try  a deep  field goal,  the Cowboys  elected to  punt from  the
 Washington 34 to send the teams into the break locked at 7-7.
 
 Dallas  punted on  its  opening touch  of  the second  half  before the  teams
 exchanged three-and-outs to give possession back to the home team.
 
 Starting  from  the Washington  18,  Morris  reeled  off five  straight  runs,
 including a 22-yarder down to the Dallas 38.
 
 Pierre  Garcon  then caught a pair  of passes around  a Morris run to move the
 ball  inside the  Dallas 10 before Griffin  capped the drive with a 10-yard TD
 surge,  faking a handoff and sprinting off the left side and into the end zone
 to give Washington a 14-7 edge with 3:10 left in the third quarter.
 
 Dallas  answered with  a 10-play, 44-yard scoring drive spanning the third and
 fourth quarters, but back-to-back incompletions from Romo at the Washington 30
 stalled  the march  and forced the Cowboys  to settle for a 48-yard field goal
 from Dan Bailey to pull within 14-10 under a minute into the fourth.
 
 The Redskins quickly responded, as Griffin rushed for 17 yards before back-to-
 back  completions  moved the ball  to the Dallas 32.  On the next play, Morris
 took  a sweep to the  left and cut it back up the middle en route to a 32-yard
 touchdown  to  provide Washington with  a 21-10  advantage with 10 1/2 minutes
 left in the game.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Redskins swept the season series for the first time since 2005 ... Morris
 broke  Portis'  record with  a 10-yard run  in the third  quarter ... The 1996
 Jacksonville  Jaguars were the last team to make the playoffs after starting a
 season  3-6 ...  Griffin has rushed for  815 yards this season, making him the
 fourth  QB  in NFL history to  rush for 800 in  a single year ... Forbath's 17
 consecutive  field goals to begin his career was an NFL record ... Dallas wide
 receiver  Dez Bryant finished with four catches for 71 yards before leaving in
 the fourth quarter with a back injury.
 
 
 12/31 01:19:55 ET