Sunday, December 19, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 33, Redskins 30
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON -- On a sleepy Sunday afternoon at Cowboys Stadium, the Redskins-Cowboys game came down to the end and David Buehler, who earlier missed a 35-yard field goal, made a 39-yarder to give the Cowboys a 33-30 win against the Redskins. Terence Newman's interception at the final gun sealed the victory for the Cowboys. For a defense that struggled most of the game, it seemed fitting that it ended with a Rex Grossman underthrown pass directed to Chris Cooley that was picked off.
What it means: Not much, considering these two teams are not going anywhere this season. Well, we guess it gives the Cowboys revenge over the Redskins, whom they lost to in the regular-season opener. It's also the Cowboys' second home win of the year. It ties them with boxer Manny Pacquiao with the most wins in 2010 in Cowboys Stadium. Pacquiao won two fights here.
The defensive collapse: The Cowboys held a 27-7 lead in the third quarter, but were outscored 23-3, allowing Washington to tie. Yes, the defense had two inside linebackers playing hurt in Bradie James (knee) and Keith Brooking (foot), but the other playmakers didn't make enough plays on the ball during the burst by the Redskins. On one of the last drives of the game, sacks by Orlando Scandrick on a corner blitz, and Victor Butler, who rushed inside and got free because of DeMarcus Ware's rush from the edge, gave the Cowboys the ball back for the final three minutes of the game.
Injuries to two key defensive players: The Cowboys lost starting strong safety Gerald Sensabaugh and backup inside linebacker Sean Lee to concussions in the first half. Neither player returned. Barry Church replaced Sensabaugh, and a variety of players took over for Lee.
Witten reaches milestone: Jason Witten finished with 10 catches for 140 yards and one touchdown Sunday. Coming into the game, Witten needed five catches to reach 600 in his career. Now with 605 he has become one of four tight ends, joining Tony Gonzalez, Shannon Sharpe and Ozzie Newsome, with more than 600 catches in their career.
What's next: The Cowboys will end the season with a two-game trip starting Christmas night at Arizona. The last time Dallas finished the final two regular-season games on the road was 2007 and they split them, a win at Carolina and a loss at Washington.