Final Score: Dallas 17, Washington 0
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Tony Romo tossed a pretty touch-pass score to
Roy Williams in the first quarter, and the Cowboys defense let it stand up by
pitching their first shutout in over six years, as Dallas clinched the NFC's
final playoff spot with a 17-0 win over the Redskins.
Romo threw for 286 yards on 25-of-38 efficiency, and Marion Barber rushed for
a score. Dallas' defense held Washington to 218 total yards, sacked Jason
Campbell three times, picked him off once and forced him to fumble once.
The win not only gets the Cowboys (10-5) back in the playoffs after a one-year
absence, but it sets up a winner-take-all scenario for the NFC East title next
Sunday in the regular-season finale versus Philadelphia.
"If they (Cowboys defense) play that well and give up no points, I could stay
home," Romo said. "If they play that good, I like our chances (against
Philadelphia). We really enjoy playing in do or die situations. This team has
performed admirably in those situations."
Campbell completed 24-of-39 attempts for 199 yards, with Santana Moss logging
92 yards on eight receptions for Washington (4-11), which added yet another
dubious distinction to a terrible season.
The Redskins closed out their NFC East slate 0-6 for only their second winless
division schedule dating back to 1970.
Washington failed to find the end zone against Dallas in both meetings this
season, falling in Dallas, 7-6, on November 22.
The tone for the game was set right from the beginning, as Campbell was picked
off by Terence Newman on the game's opening drive. Dallas took it 36 yards
the other way for a score, as Romo led Williams to the back right corner of
the end zone from four yards out.
The contest moved to the second quarter with the score still 7-0 before the
Cowboys made it a two-score game with a quick 88-yard scoring drive seven
Jason Witten, who totaled 117 yards on six catches, got 69 of those on a
catch-and-run play to set up Dallas at the Washington three, and Barber bowled
into the end zone on the next play for a 14-0 lead that carried over into the
Dallas had a chance to add to its lead in the third quarter, but Barber was
twice stuffed on 4th-and-1 plays inside the Redskins' 35.
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips thought better of the situation the next time
around, bringing on newly signed kicker and former Redskin Shaun Suisham for a
23-yard field goal when faced with 4th-and-1 just over seven minutes into the
The true boot gave Dallas a 17-0 advantage, which went unchallenged with
Washington's offense in complete disarray, leaving Campbell with little time
"It's tough having to gear up against your arch rivals. They did a good job
with the pass rush. You don't have the time to develop plays," Campbell said.
Dallas had its first shutout since December 14, 2003...Romo also threw an
interception for his first turnover this month...Miles Austin caught a game-
high nine balls for 92 yards. Barber ran for 63 yards on 17 carries and added
four catches for 30 yards...Dallas had 393 total yards of offense...The
Redskins finish up their 2009 schedule at San Diego next Sunday.
12/28 01:21:37 ET
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