Reporting Sky Kerstein
For the first time since week four the Redskins scored a first half touchdown, for the first time since week four the Redskins took the lead in a game, but they still came up short 27-24 to the Dallas Cowboys and lose their sixth in a row. Graham Gano had the chance to be the hero for the Redskins but missed a 52 yard field goal wide right in overtime and the Cowboys proceeded to drive down the field and Dan Bailey kicked a 39 yarder for the win.
“As I told our guys, I was pleased with the effort,” Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. “I thought we played extremely hard. I thought we kept our poise and I was just disappointed we didn’t get the job done. We’ve gotta go back and say ‘Hey, everybody’s gotta look at themselves day-by-day and just keep up the work on the little things.’ If you do that then you’ve got a chance to win a football game. That’s what happened here.”
It started out looking like a typical Redskins game during their losing streak, falling behind early 10-0 on a Tony Romo to Dex Bryant touchdown and a Dan Bailey 37 yard field goal. But the Redskins put up 17 unanswered in the second with Rex Grossman four yard quarterback draw touchdown run and a Rex Grossman to Jabar Gaffney 16 yard touchdown to give the Skins a 14-10 halftime lead.
In the third the Skins marched down the field 55 yards on their first possession to set up a 40 yard Graham Gano field goal to give the Skins a 17-10 lead. But the Cowboys came back in the second half with 14 unanswered. First Tony Romo found Laurent Robinson for a 7 yard touchdown reception, then he found Jason Witten for a 59 yard touchdown catch to give the Cowboys a 24-17 fourth quarter lead. But with only a few minutes remaining, Rex Grossman took the Redskins 88 yards and found Donte Stallworth with 14 seconds left in the fourth in the back of the end zone on a fade route to tie it all up at 24 and send the game to overtime.
In overtime the Redskins got the ball first and went down the field to set up a 52 yard field goal that Graham Gano missed, his second miss of the game. The Cowboys took advantage and went right down the field to set up a Dan Bailey 39 yarder that he nailed for the win.
“You play for those moments,” Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman said following the loss. “I’m disappointed we didn’t get a victory. I enjoyed being in that Redskins-Cowboys rivalry game, fighting with my teammates, the support from the fans. It’s extremely disappointing. We’ve gone on a losing streak, but at the same time I enjoyed myself. It was a very interesting time. Playing in this rivalry, it is the best in the NFL. Extremely, extremely disappointed we didn’t win, but we fought our [butts] off.”
Grossman led the Redskins offense to one of their best games in weeks. He ended up 25 of 38 for 289 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Redskins had 336 total yards with 276 of them in the air and 60 on the ground. The Skins were 6 of 15 on the third down and had a 33:20 time of possession.
The running game didn’t do that much, but had one of their better games in a while going for 60 yards on 24 attempts. Roy Helu had eight carries for 35 yards and Ryan Torain had five carries for four yards. Tashard Choice made his Redskins debut after getting released by the Cowboys and he had seven yards on six carries.
Jabar Gaffney had his best day as a Redskin catching seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Donte Stallworth had four receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown while Fred Davis had six catches for 49 yards. Darrel Young had one catch for 27 yards and David Anderson had one catch for 23 yards. Anthony Armstrong was targeted twice, had no catches, but dropped a possible touchdown.
Brandon Banks had his best day of the season having two big punt returns including a career high 55 yarder. Sav Rocca continued his solid season booming five punts with a long being 63 yards. The Redskins turned the ball over twice, Grossman interception and Fred Davis fumble, and got none in return, so they are -10 now in turnover ratio on the season.
The Redskins defense held the hot Cowboys to 353 total yards with 264 through the air and 89 on the ground. Cowboys rookie DeMarco Murray, who was averaging 150 yards the last four games, only had 73 rushing yards. The Redskins also got to Tony Romo, who did have three touchdown passes, but he was sacked four times. London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan & Stephen Bowen each had a sack while Adam Carriker and Chris Neild each had half a sack.
London Fletcher led the Redskins 16 total tackles, DJ Gomes, in his first ever NFL start, had 13 total tackles. DeAngelo Hall had 11 tackles and Perry Riley had 10. The Redskins defense also held the Cowboys to 8 of 17 on third down and a 36:01 time of possession. DeAngelo Hall slipped and gave up a 23 yard pass to Dez Bryant on 3rd and 15 that put the Cowboys on field goal position for the win in overtime. After the game DeAngelo Hall wasn’t pleased with himself.
“If I’m evaluating the stuff from the front office, I might be the first one to run myself out,” Hall said afterwards. “The way I’m playing right now they need to go and cut me, cause I’m definitely not, not worth what I’m getting.” He went on to say it’s frustrating and said the only reason they lost was because he slipped when Romo found Bryant. Click here for a more thorough of DeAngelo Hall’s postgame comments.
On the injury front, Trent Williams left after the Gano overtime field goal miss with an MCL injury and will have an MRI. Josh Wilson also was a little banged up. The 3-7 Redskins have lost six in a row and will head to a place they have struggled quite a lot, Seattle, for a Sunday 4:05 pm Eastern start against the Seahawks.
Listen here to what Mike Shanahan, Rex Grossman, London Fletcher, DeAngelo Hall, Donte Stallworth, Trent Williams, Jabar Gaffney, Brian Orakpo, OJ Atogwe, Ryan Kerrigan, DJ Gomes, Graham Gano, Adam Carriker, Tashard Choice & Darrel Young had to say following the loss.
Mike Shanahan Postgame Audio
Rex Grossman Postgame Audio
London Fletcher Postgame Audio
DeAngelo Hall Postgame Audio
Donte Stallworth Postgame Audio
Trent Williams Postgame Audio
Jabar Gaffney Postgame Audio
Brian Orakpo Postgame Audio
OJ Atogwe Postgame Audio
Ryan Kerrigan Postgame Audio
DJ Gomes Postgame Audio
Graham Gano Postgame Audio
Adam Carriker Postgame Audio
Tashard Choice Postgame Audio
Darrel Young Postgame Audio