Redskins eliminate Dallas in 28-18 win
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.