Tuesday, September 20, 2005

NFL: Redskins beat Cowboys, 14-13!

Normally this would go in The Day in Sports (TDiS for the super-hip Beltway Sports Beat readers), but it is clearly not just any other game recap, so I figured it deserved its own post.

For the first time since 2002 and just the second time in the last 16 meetings, the Washington Redskins have defeated the Dallas Cowboys. It was the first time the 'Skins have won at Texas Stadium since 1995.

Dallas was up 3-0 at the half, barely capitalizing on an interception and a lost fumble from the Redskins. But the Cowboys scored a touchdown on their first drive of the second half, then engineered a six minute 27 second drive that resulted in a field goal to go up by 13 with under six minutes remaining. It certainly had the makings of another demoralizing Redskins loss to the Cowboys.

But a funny thing happened on the way to sulking to the locker room.

Mark Brunell, who had played with poise for much of the game, put together a 10 play, 76 yard drive, culminating in a 39-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss that cut the lead to 13-7 with 3:46 remaining.

Then the defense stepped it up, forcing a Dallas punt after just 54 seconds with the ball, leaving the Brunell and the 'Skins with the ball on their own 20 and 2:52 to manufacture another touchdown.

They would need all of 17 seconds. On the second play of the drive, Brunell found Moss again, this time for a 70-yard touchdown that gave the Redskins their first lead of the game.

In two last-gasp Dallas possessions, they turned the ball over on downs and then ran out of time.

Frankly, I'm amazed that the city of Washington is still standing.

I hate to say it after just two games, but the Redskins look like a playoff team. Brunell was 20 for 34 passing for 291 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, good enough for a 94.1 QB Rating. He looked poised in the pocket, and numerous times he was flushed out only to find a wide open man at the last second for a first down. Washington, I think you have a quarterback.

The Redskins have a bye next week before taking on the Seahawks at FedEx Field on October 2 a 1:00 p.m.

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