Cowboys vs Redskins: The Dallas Cowboys kept their slim playoff hopes alive by edging the Washington Redskins 19-16 courtesy Dan Bailey’s 54-yard field goal with 9 seconds left Monday night.
The Monday night game, packed to the brim with turnovers, punts and penalties, was ugly to say the least. It lacked any style points until the game came to head in the final 90 seconds when Redskins superstar DeSean Jackson fumbled a punt return that led to Cowboys’ only touchdown.
This stat sums up the game: after combining for just 18 points in the first 58-and-a-half minutes, the teams racked up 17 in the last 90 seconds. So you can imagine how unappealing the majority of the game was. “(It was) a roller coaster,” Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said after the game.
With 74 seconds left in the game, Cowboys capitalized on Jackson’s miscue and took a 16-9 lead after scoring the game’s first touchdown. Soon after, Redskins responded with Jackson’s 28-yard TD catch, followed by Bailey’s go-ahead kick.
The 4-8 Cowboys, still placed last in the woeful NFC East, won for the first time this season without veteran Tony Romo as quarterback. Now, they are only a game behind the Redskins, the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles, who are all scrambling for places with identical 5-7 records.
“Records aren’t good, but they’re good teams,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said about being in a tight race for seedings. Remember, Redskins had a five-game home winning streak snapped. “We just had some unforced errors,” Gruden said about the loss to the Cowboys.