Dallas Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo rallied his team and completed a fourth down, fourth quarter touchdown pass, snatching victory from defeat and handing the Washington Redskins their seventh straight loss, 24-23 at FedEx Field.
The Redskins were poised to win the game and hand the Cowboys playoff chances a serious blow, but they were not able to close out the game. A Washington field goal gave them a 23-14 lead with 14:56 left to play in the game. After a Dallas field goal closed the gap to 23-17, Romo got the ball back with 3:39 left to play in the game.
From his own 13-yard line, Romo led the Cowboys on a nine-play, 87-yard, game winning drive that ended with a clutch 10-yard, fourth down do or die touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray with 68 seconds left to play in the game. Romo, who was injured in the game but continued to play, finished the game 17 for 27 for 226 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and one interception.
Washington made a dramatic fourth quarter goal line stand for three downs and even pushed the Cowboys back to the 10 yard line forcing the fourth down. However, Romo was able to extend the play with his scrambling and hit Murray who made a beeline for the corner of the end zone for the winning score. Dallas, ( 8-7) will play the Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) to decide the NFC East winner on Sunday.
Redskin quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was starting for Robert Griffin III, who has been shut down for the season, was not able to rally his team which now has an NFC East worst record of ( 3-12).
Cousins was 21 of 36 for 197 yards, 144 of the yards and 11 of the passes going to wideout Pierre Garçon, who added some sunshine to the dreary day by setting a team record, catching 107 passes for the season with one game left to play. He broke the record of former Redskin Art Monk who caught 106 passes during the 1984 season. Garcon has also caught at least five passes in every game this season. Cousins had one touchdown pass for the game to Garcon in the third quarter and also threw one interception.
Washington was led in rushing by Alfred Morris who ended the game with 88 yards on 24 carries which included a third quarter four-yard touchdown run.
Romo and the Cowboys spoiled a happy ending for Redskin linebacker London Fletcher who announced earlier in the week he was most likely playing his last game at FedEx Field. Fletcher played 16 seasons in the league, the last seven as a Redskin and has never missed a start. Despite the heartbreaking loss to their bitter rival, Fletcher said his goodbyes by saluting the fans after the game. The happy ending was just one play too late.