- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- The last time the Cowboys were faced with a win-or-go home situation, running back DeMarco Murray was still recovering from a fractured ankle.
The Cowboys lost the 2011 regular season finale at the New York Giants, 31-14.
The Cowboys face another win-or-else scenario in Sunday's finale, but this time Murray will be on the field when Dallas takes on the Washington Redskins.
"Last year sitting at home, foot elevated, watching it on TV, it was hard," Murray said. "But I'm excited, very blessed and fortunate to be a part of this game. It just happens I'm here to help my teammates and grind with them and see what happens."
Murray missed six games this season because of a foot injury, including the first meeting with the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day. Felix Jones started that game and rushed for just 14 yards on six carries. The Cowboys trailed 28-3 at halftime, so they were forced to get away from the run game early.
The Cowboys expect to run more than eight times against the Redskins this time around, especially if the game is close.
"Just implementing the run game," Murray said. "I know we didn’t run the ball too well on them last time we played them. We got down, which was definitely why we went away from it a little bit, so hopefully this week we can run the ball a little bit better."