Sunday, November 20, 2011
Third quarter: Redskins 17, Cowboys 10
By Calvin Watkins
LANDOVER, Md. -- The Cowboys trailed 17-10 after three, but they were on the doorstep when the quarter ended.
First possession leads to score: The Redskins took a 17-10 lead when Graham Gano converted a 40-yard field goal with 11:40 left in the quarter. The Redskins completed long pass plays, 24 yards to Fred Davis and 28 yards to Jabar Gaffney. Rex Grossman was able to beat the pass rush and get the ball down the field when necessary. Grossman also used the play-action pass well to freeze the Cowboys' linebackers.
Cowboys driving: As the third quarter came to a close, the Cowboys were faced with a first-and-goal from the Redskins 7. The drive was led by quarterback Tony Romo, who scrambled away from trouble to find open receivers. On a third-and-6 from the Washington 14, Romo moved out of trouble and completed a 7-yard pass to DeMarco Murray. Earlier in the drive, Murray picked up 7 yards on a fourth-and-1 from the Washington 40. There was also a 15-yard pass play to tight end Jason Witten.
Witten gets a catch: Witten didn't have a catch in the first half but picked up his first reception with 9:28 left in the quarter. He caught a 11-yard reception from Tony Romo, but London Fletcher stripped him of the ball. When Fletcher got up to celebrate the play, Witten recovered the ball.