Rank 'Em: Five plays that shaped Cowboys-Redskins game

November 27, 2012

IRVING - There were 137 plays in the Cowboys' 38-31 loss to the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day.

Jean-Jacques Taylor lists his five plays that shaped the loss, now we put you to task. Cast your vote below and tell us which play had the biggest impact on the Cowboys' triumph.

Five plays that shaped Cowboys-Redskins game

Jason Witten penalty

Jason Witten penalty

The Cowboys, trying to take a 7-0 lead for the first time this season, had a third-down situation they convert 56.8 percent (25 of 44). Witten, third on the team with four false starts behind only Doug Free (8) and Tyron Smith (5) - flinched. Now, the Cowboys faced a third-and-11, a down and distance they convert just 21.4 percent of time (42 of 145). Whos surprised they settled for yet another red zone field goal.

Dez Bryant fumble

Dez Bryant fumble

Bryant caught a slant and put the ball away, but cornerback Josh Wilson put his helmet right on the ball and knocked it out. Washington recovered and six plays later lad 14-3.

Pierre Garcon TD catch

Pierre Garcon TD catch

The Cowboys needed a stop in the worst way, and they almost got it. Bruce Carter, dropping into coverage, came a fingernail away from deflecting Robert Griffins pass down the middle. Instead, Garcon reached back and made a nifty catch, and when Brandon Carr lost his balance Garcon took it to the end zone for a 21-3 lead.

Danny McCray missed tackle

Danny McCray missed tackle

Leonard Hankerson ran a simple curl route in front of safety Danny McCray, who drops him four yards shy of a first down if he tackles him. Instead, he missed the tackle and the Redskins took another 1:09 off the clock and finished the drive with a game-clinching field goal.

Tony Romo incompletion

Tony Romo incompletion

Bryant nearly made yet another sensational catch in the back of the end zone after leaping over Cedric Griffin. As he pulled the ball in safety Madieu Williams dislodged it with a hard hit.

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