Red­skins elim­i­nate Dal­las in 28-18 win

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down run to give Washington a 14-10 lead early in the fourth quar­ter.

Tony Romo threw in­ter­cep­tions on each of Dal­las’ first two pos­ses­sions be­fore con­nect­ing with Ja­son Wit­ten for a 9yard touch­down pass on the team’s third drive.

Grif­fin’s scam­per with a lit­tle more than 3 min­utes left in the third quar­ter capped a nine-play, 82yard drive and made it 14-7. Dal­las cut the lead to four points on Dan Bai- ley’s 48-yard field goal 51 sec­onds into the fourth quar­ter.

RG3, wear­ing a heavy black brace on his mildly sprained right knee, faked a hand­off to Mor­ris, who had six car­ries for 41 yards on the pos­ses­sion — help­ing him break Clin­ton Por­tis’ fran­chise record for rush­ing in a sea­son.

To that point, Mor­ris had a ca­reer-best 141 yards on 21 car­ries, in­clud­ing a 17-yard touch­down run in the sec­ond quar­ter. En­ter­ing the fourth, Mor­ris was up to 1,554 yards for the sea­son. Por­tis gained 1,516 in 2005.

The game also in­cluded Red­skins kicker Kai For­bath’s first missed field­goal try in 18 ca­reer at­tempts.

Af­ter his early mis­cues, Romo got go­ing on his third drive, a 13-play, 89yard jour­ney that lasted more than 7½ min­utes. It ended with Dal­las barely beat­ing an ex­pir­ing play clock on third-and-goal from the 9, then Romo scram­bling around in his trade­mark fash­ion be­fore find­ing Wit­ten in the end zone with about 8 min­utes left in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Romo went 4 for 4 for 58 yards on the drive. Wit­ten’s first catch of the game, ear­lier in that pos­ses­sion, gave him 800 for his ca­reer, al­low­ing him to join Tony Gon­za­lez (1,237) and Shan­non Sharpe (815) as the only tight ends with at least that many.

Washington re­sponded, go­ing 68 yards in eight plays to tie it on Mor­ris’ run around the left side.

Cow­boys re­ceiver Miles Austin hurt his left an­kle in the sec­ond quar­ter, but he was back on the field in the sec­ond half.

The Red­skins won the open­ing coin toss, got the ball first and went three­and-out, with Dwayne Har­ris’ 28-yard punt re­turn set­ting up Dal­las at the Washington 27. But on Dal­las’ third play on of­fense, Romo was in­ter­cepted by Red­skins rookie Richard Craw­ford. Walking to the side­line, Romo gave in­tended re­ceiver Kevin Ogle­tree a talk­ing-to.

The Red­skins then drove into field-goal range, be­fore For­bath sent his 37-yard at­tempt off the right up­right, end­ing his NFL-record streak of 17 con­sec­u­tive makes to be­gin a ca­reer. For­bath made two field goals last week to sur­pass Saints kicker Gar­rett Hart­ley’s old mark of 16 in a row.

Dal­las’ sec­ond drive also ended with Romo’s pass get­ting picked off.

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