Final

Cowboys 7

(8-6, 3-4 away)

Redskins 35

(8-6, 5-2 home)

4:15 PM ET, December 18, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 0 0 0 77
WSH 7 21 7 035

Top Performers

Passing: M. Brunell (WSH) - 163 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 23 CAR, 112 YDS

Receiving: S. Moss (WSH) - 2 REC, 73 YDS

Dallas (8-5) at Washington (7-6)

Dallas (8-5) at Washington (7-6) Sunday 4:15 pm EST

LANDOVER, Maryland (Ticker) -- The Dallas Cowboys seek to avenge a painful loss when they visit the Washington Redskins in a battle of NFC East rivals on Sunday.

The Cowboys had won 14 of the last 15 games in the rivalry before the Redskins rallied for a stunning 14-13 victory at Dallas on September 19.

Coach Bill Parcells was 77-0 when leading by 13 or more points in the fourth quarter. That was before wide receiver Santana Moss caught touchdown passes of 39 and 70 yards in the final four minutes for the Redskins.

Washington was trailing, 13-0, and facing a 4th-and-15 on the Dallas 39 when Mark Brunell connected with Moss with 3:46 left in the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys had a chance to cement the game on the ensuing drive when Drew Bledsoe hit Keyshawn Johnson with a 17-yard pass on 3rd-and-7, but a holding call by tackle Flozell Adams nullified the play and forced Dallas to punt.

Acquired in the offseason from the New York Jets for his big-play ability, Moss burned the Cowboys again with his 70-yard catch with 2:35 to play. He finished with five catches for 159 yards.

Moss has enjoyed a Pro Bowl-type season for the Redskins, catching 73 passes for 1,167 yards and six touchdowns. Cornerbacks Terence Newman and Anthony Henry will match up against Moss on Sunday.

The Cowboys have won six of the last seven meetings here against the Redskins, who have not swept the season series since 1995.

Washington owner Daniel Snyder lured Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs out of retirement to help end their struggles against the Cowboys. But Gibbs had lost eight in a row against Parcells before the come-from-behind win in September ended the streak.

Having combined for five Super Bowl titles and seven conference championships, Parcells and Gibbs are two of the NFL's legendary coaches. As coach of the New York Giants from 1983-90, Parcells got the best of Gibbs, winning 11 of the 17 meetings, including a 17-0 victory in the January 1987 NFC championship game.

The Cowboys and Redskins are battling for a playoff spot. Dallas is one game behind the first-place New York Giants in the NFC East and tied with Minnesota and Atlanta for the second wild card spot.

Washington is also alive in the playoff race and hosts the Giants after this weekend's game against the Cowboys.

Re-signed last month after being released, Antonio Brown returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown to lead the Redskins to a 17-13 win at Arizona last week. Brown was cut after fumbling a kickoff in the season opener.

Clinton Portis recorded his sixth 100-yard game of the season, gaining 105 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries in the win at Arizona. Portis has rushed for 1,184 yards this season. The Cowboys rank 12th in the league against the run after yielding 161 yards on the ground in a 31-28 win over Kansas City last week.

Drew Bledsoe enjoyed perhaps his best game of the season, throwing for 332 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. His one-yard scoring pass to blocking tight end Dan Campbell with 22 seconds left lifted the Cowboys to the pivotal win.

The combination of rookie Marion Barber and Julius Jones combined for 123 yards on 27 carries.

Matchup to watch: Cowboys wide receiver Terry Glenn, who had six catches for 138 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a reverse last week, faces Walt Harris. In the first meeting this season, Glenn caught a 70-yard touchdown pass.

Series: Dallas leads, 54-35-2.

Next week: Dallas visits Carolina, December 24 Washington hosts NY Giants, September 24

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Passing Leaders

DallasCMP%YDSTDINT
T. Romo69.33188288
B. Weeden57.526022
WashingtonCMP%YDSTDINT
K. Cousins61.81710109
R. Griffin69.3113833

Rushing Leaders

DallasCARYDSAVGTD
D. Murray35116874.811
J. Randle342377.02
WashingtonCARYDSAVGTD
A. Morris2329484.17
R. Helu341745.11

Receiving Leaders

DallasRECYDSAVGTD
D. Bryant79114814.513
J. Witten5356410.64
WashingtonRECYDSAVGTD
D. Jackson5095719.15
P. Garcon6263810.33

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsDAL
 
 325
WSH
 
 331
Yards PassingDAL
 
 209
WSH
 
 194
Yards RushingDAL
 
 116
WSH
 
 136
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedDAL
 
 301
WSH
 
 298
Pass Yds AllowedDAL
 
 193
WSH
 
 193
Rush Yds AllowedDAL
 
 108
WSH
 
 105

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Dallas leads 7-3
Sep 19, 2005DAL 13, WSH 14
Dec 26, 2004DAL 13, WSH 10
Sep 27, 2004DAL 21, @WSH 18
Dec 14, 2003DAL 27, @WSH 0
Nov 2, 2003DAL 21, WSH 14
Dec 29, 2002DAL 14, @WSH 20
Nov 28, 2002DAL 27, WSH 20
Dec 2, 2001DAL 20, @WSH 14
Oct 15, 2001DAL 9, WSH 7