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Monday, December 31, 2012
Loss to haunt Jerry Jones, Cowboys for years to come

By Tim MacMahon



LANDOVER, Md. -- With a playoff stake on the line, Robert Griffin III wasn't even close to being the biggest problem for the Cowboys' defense. They couldn't stop the Redskins' other rookie star, as running back Alfred Morris rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries.

A gimpy RG III was just all right as the Redskins claimed their first NFC East crown since 1999, completing nine of 18 passes for 100 yards and rushing six times for 63 yards and a score, with all of his running yards basically a direct result of the attention Dallas' D paid Morris.

That's what made this such a missed opportunity for the Cowboys. RG III will be spectacular on a regular basis for the next decade. The Cowboys weren't good enough to beat him when he was average.

Good luck when RG III is rolling. The Redskins are only going to get better as they surround RG III and Morris with more playmakers.

"They're going to be doing this for years to come," safety Gerald Sensabaugh said. "We have to figure out what we need to do to get these guys under wraps."

As painful as it was to watch the Redskins run the ball down the Cowboys' throat, Dallas' defense did about as well as could be expected. Did anyone really think the injury-riddled Cowboys could hold the Redskins to fewer than 30 points after seeing RG III carve them up like turkeys on Thanksgiving?

Jason Garrett and Tony Romo's offense failed the Cowboys. Once again, Romo failed to rise to the moment in a win-or-the-end game.

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