Romo, Cowboys come back to beat Redskins

Romo, Cowboys come back to beat Redskins
December 22, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws the ball against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field.

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Game Recap: All that was left for the Redskins on a dreary afternoon at FedEx Field was a chance to deal the Cowboys’ playoff hopes a devastating blow. 

But they couldn’t get that right, either.

Tony Romo masterfully directed a scoring drive in the closing minutes, and the Cowboys rallied to beat the Redskins, 24-23.

The Redskins lost their seventh consecutive game, spoiling Pierre Garçon’s record breaking afternoon and sending London Fletcher off after the team reached another low point in a season full of them.

Romo and the Cowboys, meantime, improved to 8-7 and remained in control of their own destiny. With a win over the Eagles next week, Dallas would clinch the NFC East title.

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The Redskins led 23-17 with 6:09 left to play. But the defense couldn’t stop Romo and the opportunistic Cowboys’ offense.

The dagger was a 51-yard completion from Romo to Terrance Williams, which was made possible when cornerback Josh Wilson slipped on the wet turf.

Four plays later, Perry Riley stopped DeMarco Murray for a nine-yard loss, setting up a 4th and 10 at the Redskins' 10 yard-line. But there would be no clutch stop. Romo found Murray for a touchdown that put the Cowboys ahead 24-23 with 1:16 left to play.

The late collapse—the Redskins’ biggest lead was 23-14 early in the fourth quarter—also ruined what could have been a special afternoon for Garçon.

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Garçon hauled in 11 passes to surpass Art Monk’s single season mark for receptions. The record had been 106, set by Monk in 1984. Garçon tied the record with a third quarter touchdown reception that pulled the Redskins to within 14-13. He seized the milestone later in the quarter with a 19-yard reception that helped set up the go-ahead touchdown.

As it turns out, though, Garçon’s record will be just another footnote in a disappointing season.

Key Moment: It actually came before the opening kickoff. London Fletcher, who announced earlier this week that he intends to retire at season’s end, received a standing ovation when he the lineups were announced. He played to the crowd, cupping one hand to his ear. Fletcher finished the game with just one solo tackle and five assists.

Player of the Game: Garçon went for 144 yards receiving a touchdown. 

Injury Update: Linebacker Nick Barnett suffered a sprained left knee on a kickoff return in the first half. He did not return. 

Brian Orakpo suffered a strained right groin muscle in the fourth quarter. There was no immediate update on his status.

From the Locker Room: Please check back for postgame updates from the podium and the locker room.

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