Prescott, Defense Cement Cowboys’ 27-23 Comeback Win Over Redskins
Ah, those wins in Washington, they never come easy for your Cowboys. A back-and-forth down-to-the-last play affair has come to be expected when the ‘Boys and ‘Skins butt heads between the lines. Sunday’s 113th renewal of a most classic rivalry was no exception.
There were lead changes in abundance, helmets tossed in frustration, and a game-winning drive from one of the NFL’s budding stars. In the end it all added up to a 27-23 Dallas victory before a packed house at rowdy FedEx Field.
The Cowboys, still smarting from last week’s one-point home loss to New York, played like a desperate team all afternoon, fighting back from two second-half deficits to upend the three-point favorite Redskins. There to lead them in their comeback was rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who once again revealed a cool, collected mind to go along with his diverse skill-set. Making just his second career start in relief of the injured Tony Romo, Prescott completed 22-of-30 passes for 292 yards.
“He’s very good on the move. You saw some of that last week and in the preseason,” said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett at the postgame press conference. “He can be very effective throwing the ball from the pocket, in the drop-back game, in the shotgun game, the play-action, run-action game and then the movement game. You saw all of that today.”
Prescott’s lone touchdown of the day came on a 6-yard rush in the third quarter which put his team ahead 20-17. But it will be a 11-play, 80-yard fourth-quarter march which he orchestrated that will be discussed over the water cooler on Monday morning.
With Dallas trailing 23-20, Prescott completed all 6 of his passes on the drive to put the ball on the Washington 4-yard line. It was Alfred Morris who carried it over from there, taking a hand-off from Prescott and rumbling straight ahead untouched into the end-zone with 4:45 remaining.
After Dallas safety Barry Church had ended the previous Redskin march with a third-down interception in the end-zone, a defense that had been trampled on for three quarters then rose up twice to prevent a late Redskin rally. With Washington on their own 44-yard line, it was veteran linebacker Justin Durant who knocked down Kirk Cousins’ fourth-and-1 pass for Pierre Garcon, giving the ball back to Dallas with just under two minutes to play.
Then a Hail Mary pass from the Dallas 41 with no time remaining bounced off the hands of J.J. Wilcox and sailed out of the back of the end-zone to give Dallas just their second victory in their last fourteen games without Tony Romo under center.
“Everybody kept great poise, playing with composure throughout the game and obviously then at the end of the ballgame to do what we needed to do to win it,” Garrett said.