(Sunday, November 22nd)
Final Score: Dallas 7, Washington 6
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Romo hit Patrick Crayton with a 10-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, lifting the Cowboys to a listless 7-6 victory over NFC East rival Washington.
Washington led for most of the game but failed to cross the goal line on offense, instead settling for a pair of Shaun Suisham field goals in four attempts. His last miss from 50 yards preceded Dallas' game-winning drive.
Romo finished with 158 yards with an interception on 15-of-27 throws, while Marion Barber ended with 99 yards on 20 carries for the division-leading Cowboys (7-3), who got back in the win column after last week's 17-7 loss to Green Bay snapped a four-game winning streak.
Jason Campbell was 24-of-37 for 256 yards but threw a critical pick just after the two-minute warning for Washington (3-7), which was trying to build off a 27-17 victory over Denver last week.
"I really believe this is a special team of players who will not just chuck things in just because we are 3-7," Redskins head coach Jim Zorn said after the tough loss.
Rock Cartwright led the Redskins in rushing and receiving, totaling 140 yards from scrimmage after taking over for Ladell Betts, who started in place of Clinton Portis (concussion) but suffered a knee injury early in the game.
Down 6-0, Romo put a rough three-plus quarters behind him in leading the go- ahead drive. He scrambled for a first down on 3rd-and-3 from the Dallas 37 and connected on four straight passes, the last to Miles Austin for 11 yards to make it 1st-and-goal at the nine.
Following a false start penalty and a short completion to Austin, Romo bought time with his legs and hit Crayton over the middle for the 10-yard score with 2:41 remaining.
The Redskins got two first downs on the ensuing drive, but on the first play after the two-minute warning, Campbell's pass was tipped by Stephen Bowen and intercepted by Anthony Spencer at the Washington 37.
Dallas ran down the clock before punting inside the red zone with seven seconds left. Campbell's final heave fell incomplete to keep the hosts atop the division.
"It's not the way we pictured it obviously going into the game, but the important thing is the win," Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips said. "You find out a lot about your team under pressure...When the pressure was really on, guys came through and made plays."
Suisham's 45-yard field goal 4:38 into the second frame opened the scoring.
Both kickers missed field goal attempts just before halftime, as Nick Folk was wide right from 46 yards out, and Suisham missed his first kick of the season, a 39-yarder after a lengthy delay regarding an official's review.
Malcolm Kelly's 36-yard catch-and-run late in the third set up Suisham from 31 yards out for the only score of the quarter.
Dallas got into enemy territory early in the fourth, but on 4th-and-2 from the Washington 39, Romo was picked off over the middle by London Fletcher.
The Redskins moved the first-down markers twice on their next touch. Suisham, though, failed to make it a two-possession game after narrowly missing a 50- yard kick wide right with just over seven minutes showing.
Suisham had made all 12 of his field goal attempts this year coming into the game....Redskins guard Chad Reinhardt was carted off the field early in the third quarter with a right ankle injury...Dallas was shut out in the first half in back-to-back games...Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was out of the lineup due to an ankle injury...Cartwright had 67 yards on 13 carries, and seven catches for 73 yards..Washington outgained Dallas, 324-305.
11/22 18:35:12 ET
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