Final

Redskins 10

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Cowboys 27

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:15 PM ET, September 17, 2006

Texas Stadium, Irving, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 10 0 010
DAL 10 7 0 1027

Top Performers

Passing: D. Bledsoe (DAL) - 237 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Jones (DAL) - 20 CAR, 94 YDS

Receiving: T. Glenn (DAL) - 6 REC, 94 YDS, 1 TD

Big receiving night -- for Glenn, not T.O. -- lifts Cowboys

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- From Terrell Owens talking about his broken ring finger and upcoming surgery to Bill Parcells saying he felt "sick" because of how many penalties and other mistakes his team made, the Dallas Cowboys' locker room was a somber place.

Imagine how bad it would've been if they had lost Sunday night.

It was over when ...
Terry Glenn scored on a 40-yard pass from Drew Bledsoe just seven seconds into the fourth quarter, giving Dallas a commanding 24-10 lead. Mike Vanderjagt tacked on a 50-yard field goal to make it 27-10.
Game ball goes to ...
Glenn, who had six catches for 94 yards and a score for Dallas. In addition to his touchdown, Glenn set up two others for the Cowboys, who moved to 1-1 and sent the archrival Redskins to an 0-2 start for the first time since 2001, when Washington opened 0-5.
Scouts Inc.'s take ...
This was an ugly game, with the teams totaling 20 penalties. The Cowboys offense moved the ball but Drew Bledsoe was plagued by dropped passes by open receivers, which stalled promising drives. The Cowboys defense got pressure on Mark Brunell and was able to shut down the Redskins receivers. The Redskins offense struggled to put the ball in the end zone for the second straight week. Its only score was a 100-yard kickoff return by Rock Cartwright. The Redskins didn't look good again.

Drew Bledsoe steadied the offense just as he said he would and the defense was superb, leading the Cowboys past the rival Washington Redskins 27-10 in a game that seemed to have as many negatives as positives for the winners.

Coming off a loss and going into a bye, Dallas needed the victory to avoid a quarterback controversy and all the other negatives that come with an 0-2 start. For now, being 1-1 and in a three-way tie for first in the NFC East only helps stem the disappointment of Owens going under the knife and being out two to four weeks. Owens said the surgery would be Monday; the team said it would be Monday or Tuesday.

"I'm going to try to get back as soon as I can," said Owens, whose rehab will be motivated by an Oct. 8 game in Philadelphia. "I feel like I'm a quick healer. Once we have the surgery, the healing process will start."

Owens, who missed most of the preseason because of a hamstring injury, said he was hurt on one of the first few plays of his home debut. He didn't tell anyone until the fourth quarter and was taken to the locker room for an X-ray.

The injury helps explain why he dropped so many passes -- one in the end zone on Dallas' first drive and two others on high passes with defenders ready to pop him. He also was penalized for an illegal block on the Cowboys' first snap and later for lining up in the wrong place.

"We've got some guys that can step in," said Owens, who finished with three catches for 19 yards, all in the first quarter.

Washington could use some guys to step up now that it is 0-2, its worst start since going 0-5 under coach Marty Schottenheimer in 2001.

"I think we have a lot of things we need to fix to win football games," Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. "Certainly, this is a tough time for us."

Washington had only 100 yards on offense at halftime and was within 17-10 because of a 100-yard kickoff return by Rock Cartwright. The only points from the Redskins' offense, a 39-yard field goal by John Hall, came on a drive boosted heavily by consecutive roughing penalties against the Cowboys.

Mark Brunell, playing on his 36th birthday, had only 64 yards passing through three quarters. He was similarly ineffective for 56 minutes of a Week 2, prime-time game at Texas Stadium last year, but bailed out Washington with two late TD passes to Santana Moss.

Brunell padded his stats in the fourth, but not enough to even make it a close game. He finished 18-of-33 for 197 yards, and was sacked six times, including the game's final play after reaching the 7.

"We've just got to find a spark," said Moss, who had four catches for 69 yards. "We find that spark, and things will get better."

Without T.O., the spark for Dallas likely will be the same guy it was Sunday night -- T.G., Terry Glenn.

Glenn caught six passes for 94 yards, setting up Dallas' first two touchdowns and handling the third himself with a 40-yard catch. It capped a 99-yard drive and was even more important because it put the Cowboys up 24-10 shortly after the Redskins were driving for a tying touchdown.

Dallas got into such a predicament because of the mistakes that left Parcells saying, "It's hard on me. I'm telling you, it really is. I feel ill right now."

Running back Julius Jones was the one to blame for the fumble that gave Washington the chance to tie it at 17. Safety Roy Williams turned things around for the Cowboys with an interception at the 1.

Bledsoe was 19-of-38 for 237 yards and two touchdowns, but he was much better than the numbers indicate, especially considering the scrutiny he was facing after playing lousy in the opener and his talk all week about bouncing back strong.

"I thought he made some real good decisions," Parcells said.

Mike Vanderjagt, Dallas' big free-agent signee not known by his initials, made a 26-yard field goal on the first drive and a 50-yarder midway through the fourth quarter. His celebration reflected how important it was in putting the Cowboys up by three scores and in building his confidence.

"He made a good clutch kick there," Parcells said. "That three points was big right there."

Game notes


Jones ran 20 times for 94 yards. Washington, playing without injured Clinton Portis, got 40 yards from Ladell Betts and 24 from T.J. Duckett in his season debut. ... Cartwright's TD was the first kickoff return against the Cowboys since Robert Brooks did it for Green Bay in October 1993. ... Washington was last 0-2 under Joe Gibbs in 1989, the fourth-to-last year in his first stint.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSH
DAL
1st Downs1622
Passing 1st downs
911
Rushing 1st downs
46
1st downs from penalties
35
3rd down efficiency
2-146-16
4th down efficiency
0-11-1
Total Plays5870
Total Yards245367
Yards per play4.25.2
Total Drives1414
Passing152229
Comp-Att
18-3219-38
Yards per pass
4.05.9
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
6-451-8
Rushing93138
Rushing Attempts
2031
Yards per rush
4.74.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-12-3
Penalties11-1179-90
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession28:0531:55

Passing Leaders

WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brunell18/321976.2016-45
DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bledsoe19/382376.2201-8

Rushing Leaders

WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Betts11403.6017
Duckett5244.8015
DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones20944.7014
Barber8394.9115

Receiving Leaders

WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moss46917.3024
Betts7578.1014
DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Glenn69415.7140
Witten44511.3022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSHDAL
dalFG7:59Mike Vanderjagt 18 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 59 yds, 5:32
03
dalTD2:39Patrick Crayton, 4 yd pass from Drew Bledsoe
Drive info: 8 plays, 56 yds, 3:12
010
SECOND QUARTERWSHDAL
wshFG14:25John Hall 31 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 59 yds, 3:13
310
dalTD8:41Marion Barber, 1 yd run
Drive info: 4 plays, 46 yds, 2:07
316
wshTD8:38Rock Cartwright, 100 yd kickoff return
Drive info: 1 plays, 100 yds, 0:00
1017
FOURTH QUARTERWSHDAL
dalTD15:00Terry Glenn, 40 yd pass from Drew Bledsoe
Drive info: 6 plays, 99 yds, 2:19
1023
dalFG7:48Mike Vanderjagt 41 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 34 yds, 4:43
1027