Cowboys vs. Redskins. With their season on the line, the Dallas Cowboys made it hard on themselves, but they made the plays when they needed to against the Washington Redskins in week 16. Washington had played well to hold the Cowboys off, but the in the end the Cowboys did just enough to keep their playoff hopes alive against their arch rivals.
The Cowboys had control of the game in the first half, even though the Redskins had the advantage in yardage. At halftime the Cowboys held a 14-6 lead. But then things took a turn for the worst, as Cowboys turnovers led to the Redskins taking the lead in the third quarter. It appeared as though the Cowboys would come apart at the seams like they had the previous week against the Packers.
The Redskins running game was clicking with Alfred Morris, and quarterback Kirk Cousins was finding Pierre Garcon open all day long. It seemed like Redskins Linebacker London Fletcher, who was playing the last home of his career, might go out with a win. But in a desperate time, the Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo took control of their playoff destinies.
The Redskins had a 23-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys had driven into Redskins territory, and the Redskins had forced a fourth and 6 on their 40 yard line. A turnover on downs and the Redskins could have run more of the clock down, and the Cowboys more than likely would not have been able to come back, but that’s when the game turned.
Romo had appeared to hurt his knee on a previous play and was limping. However, he remained in the game. And on fourth and six Romo dropped back and the Redskins got a decent pass rush on him. But wide receiver Cole Beasley broke open in the Redskins zone, and Romo hit him with a perfect pass to convert on fourth down.
The Redskins were leading 23-14, but the Cowboys went on the kick a field goal making it 23-17, and then rest is history. The Cowboys went on to win the game on another fourth down play. But had the Redskins stopped the Cowboys on the earlier fourth down, odds are they would have won the game.