September 16, 2019

Washington Redskins Game 15 Review: Cowboys comeback late to win 24-23

GARCON BREAKS ART MONK’S TEAM SINGLE-SEASON RECEPTION RECORD IN LOSS

Tony Romo giveth, and Tony Romo taketh away.

Romo’s third quarter interception gave the Washington Redskins hope, leading to an Alfred Morris touchdown and a Skins 20-14 lead. But in the waning moments of the game, Romo went through all of his receivers until he found DeMarco Murray alone in the flat, who sneaked into the end zone to lift the Dallas Cowboys to a 24-23 win at FedEx Field, keeping their playoff hopes alive until the final week of the season.

The Redskins fell to 3-12 in the defeat, their seventh in a row. The (at least) 12 losses clinches coach Mike Shanahan’s worst record as a head coach in the NFL.

Washington led 23-14 after Kai Forbath’s 47-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter. But the Cowboys showed resilience though the final stanza, getting a Dan Bailey 25-yard field goal with 6:09 left following a 15-play, 73 yard drive before the deciding touchdown, which came at the end of a 9-play, 87 yard drive.

Kirk Cousins finished 21 of 36 for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Morris ran for 88 yards on 24 carries.

Pierre Garcon caught 11 balls for 144 yards and a third quarter touchdown, passing NFL Hall of Famer Art Monk’s team single-season reception record of 104. Garcon stands at 111 with one game remaining.

For the day, Romo went 17 of 27 for 226 yards, two touchdowns and one pick. Romo shook off an right leg injury in the third quarter to lead his Cowboys to a win critical to their playoff chances. Dallas plays Philadelphia next week with the division title — and playoff appearance — on the line.

The Skins had no such aspirations, their playoff hopes realistically dashed early in the season. But the game marked London Fletcher’s last home game of his career. The veteran linebacker announced earlier in the week he was “99 percent” sure he would retire at the end of the season. Fletcher received several ovations during the day from the Redskins fans in the decidedly split crowd at Fed Ex, and finished with one solo and five assisted tackles.

The Redskins complete one of the franchise’s most disappointing seasons in their storied history next Sunday at the New York Giants.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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