Dallas Wallops Washington

Timothy Earl December 31, 2014 Comments Off on Dallas Wallops Washington

Washington RedskinsThe Washington defense was no match for Tony Romo and the record-setting, playoff-bound Dallas Cowboys as they humilated the Redskins 44-17 at a disappointed FedEx Field.

The Redskins, after a two-yard rushing touchdown by Robert Griffin III cut the Dallas (12-4)  lead to 27-17 with 6:45 to play in the fourth quarter watched Romo convert a third and 16 with a 51-yard bomb to Terrance Williams which led to a field goal and a 30-17 lead with 3:31 to play in the game.

Things only got worse for Washington on their next drive as the ball was knocked out of RG3’s arms and was scooped up and returned for a touchdown and in the blink of an eye Washington was behind 37-17. The Cowboys followed that with a 65-yard touchdown run following a Jordan Reed fumble with 1:40 to play in the game to further embarrass the Redskins who finished their first season under coach Jay Gruden with a record of (4-12) good for last place in the NFC East Divison for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.

In the first quarter Washington had a chance to make a statement but on a third and four from the Washington 17-yard line,    linebacker Keenan Robinson dropped a potential pick-six. Dallas converted their good luck into a field goal and a 3-0 lead. Washington responded with their play of the game, a 69-yard catch and run for a touchdown by DeSean Jackson for a short-lived 7-3 lead. Jackson leads the NFL with eight plays of 50 or more yards.

Dallas answered with 17 straight points which were highighted by Dez Bryant’s single-season record 16th touchdown catch of the season. Running back DeMarco Murray also broke Emmitt Smith’s single season rushing record in the first half and leads the entire NFL with 1,875  rushing yards for the season.

Dallas, which played their starters the entire game even though they already clinched a playoff berth, dominated the first quarter and finished with 213 yards in the quarter as they scored on all five of their possessions  on their way to a punt-free 27-10 halftime lead.

Washington, meanwhile threw third down passes in the first half that were consistently short of the yardage needed for a first down and could only manage a field goal after Jackson’s dramatic scoring dash.

Still, Washington was still in the game as neither team scored in the third quarter. Washington had a chance to score in the third quarter after a Pierre Garcon catch and run moved the ball into scoring position. A pass to Jackson moved the ball into the red zone. On fourth down and goal, Griffin threw his pass straight into the arms of  Bruce Carter and the scoring chance was lost.

Washington then intercepted Romo and had a chance to score again but a Griffin pass to Andre Roberts went off his finger tips and was intercepted again by Carter to end that scoring opportunity.

Griffin did redeem himself early in the fourth quarter with a scramble that led to a two-yard touchdown which cut the Cowboys lead to 27-17 with 6:45  to play in the game.

Dallas then ran off 17 straight points again this time gaining 151 yards in the fourth quarter, thanks to some poor Washington defense and two late turnovers which allowed them to secure their fourth straight win in December.

In possibly his last game as a Redskin, RGIII went 27-41 for 336 yards, with one rushing touchdown and two red zone interceptions. Alfred Morris finished the game with 43 yards on 12 carries. Roy Helu added 42 yards on six carries. Jackson had two catches for 86 yards and one touchdown.

For Dallas, Murray ended the game with 100 yards on 20 carries and one rushing touchdown. Romo went 22-34 for 299 yards and two touchdowns while throwing one interception. Bryant finished the game with four catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Jason Witten caught for passes for 49 yards.