- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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LANDOVER, Md. -- The Dallas Cowboys blew a seven-point fourth-quarter lead when the Redskins drove 89 yards to tie the score and force overtime.
In overtime, the Washington Redskins missed a 52-yard field goal and the Cowboys avoided what could have been an embarrassing penalty when Tony Romo was calling a timeout just before Dan Bailey's attempt from 39 yards.
The referees saw Redskins coach Mike Shanahan call timeout with 5:39 to play instead.
Bailey's kick won it for the Cowboys 27-24 Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field to push them to a season-high two games over .500 and within a half-game of the New York Giants, temporarily at least, in the NFC East.
"I was very nervous," Jerry Jones said. "And I just frankly, I would have never thought they could drive  yards. I was concerned if our team would have a letdown. They didn’t. They stayed in there and to their credit when you got to win by them missing two field goals, then we all know how close this thing was and it was close."
The Cowboys won this game despite the defense falling apart in the closing moments of regulation and allowing the Redskins to attempt a game-winning field goal in overtime.
DeMarco Murray rushed for 73 yards, the first time he's failed to rush over 100 yards since Oct. 30, but Dez Bryant, who had no catches in the third and fourth quarters, made a big one, 26 yards, in overtime to set up the game-winning kick.
"Obviously it was a back-and-forth game," coach Jason Garrett said. "We started off doing some things really well in all three areas and they battled back, and I thought we just kept competing. We talked about it all week long. This is a tremendous challenge for us to come to Washington."
Jones said it best afterward: "We always have a prayer when the coach talks to them and we just took a knee. And nevermore deserved."