The Dallas Cowboys were in Landover, Maryland Sunday trying to guarantee a chance to play for their own fate next Sunday against the Eagles. With a Dallas loss, the Eagles could've clinched the NFC East division title Sunday night against the Bears.
The Cowboys jumped out to 14-6 lead in the first half. The Redskins responded in the third quarter with a Pierre Garcon receiving touchdown and an Alfred Morris rushing touchdown to give them a 20-14 lead. Washington opened the fourth quarter with a Kai Forbath 47-yard field goal to stretch the lead to 23-14.
Dallas would respond with a 15-play, 73-yard drive that ended in a field goal. The Redskins would get the ball back with 6:09 remaining but could only get one first down then were forced to punt after just two and a half minutes.
The Cowboys then made their way down the field until they got it to first and goal. Dallas would get it to the one yard line but then Washington came up with a huge stop for no gain on second down. On third down, DeMarco Murray went to bounce to the outside but the Redskins were swarming and forced Murray back to the 12-yard line to set up fourth and goal from the 12 with under a minute and a half remaining.
After moving through his progressions on fourth down, quarterback Tony Romo found Murray underneath inside the five and the third-year back took it in for a touchdown. With the successful PAT, the Cowboys took a 24-23 lead and gave the ball back to the Redskins with 1:08 remaining.
Washington went four-and-out to give Dallas the victory to force a decisive Week 17 matchup with the Eagles for the division title. It is the third consecutive season in which the Cowboys can clinch the NFC East title in Week 17. The Giants beat Dallas in 2011 while the Redskins won it last year. Each of those games were road games for the Cowboys but next week is at home in Arlington.
The Eagles play the Bears on Sunday night in a game that matters mostly for seeding IF they make the playoffs. If the Eagles win tonight, they can clinch the NFC East with a win OR tie against the Cowboys next Sunday. If the Eagles lose tonight, they can clinch the NFC East with a win over Dallas next week.
Next week will certainly be exciting.
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