What was the biggest play of the game? It had to be the Tony Romo’s shuffle pass to MIles Austin on third and 7 in the fourth quarter that kept a drive alive for a game-changing touchdown pass to rookie Martellus Bennett.
Marion Barber III was unstoppable. His three-yard fourth quarter run that sealed the win wasn’t exactly easy. The call, although risky, turned out to be the game breaker for the Washington Redskins. He ran for 66 of his 114 yards in just the fourth quarter, a true finisher who pounds out the yards when the game is on the line.
Once again, it’s unfamiliar players who are making huge impacts in the game. Austin and Bennett made big plays. Kyle Kozier’s return to the offensive line was key to shore up the middle.
Terence Newman’s play gives hopes to a lot of people who nearly gave up on the Cowboys’ secondary. He kept Cowboys killer Santana Moss in check with only 5 catches for only 29 yards. No one has been able to do that with Moss all year. If Newman’s back, it provides a huge boost to the Cowboys secondary, which has been the Achilles heel for half a decade.
What didn’t go right?
There weren’t a ton of penalties committed, but they came at really bad times. Plus, it was five penalties for 40 yards, basically half the field.
The special teams was pretty bad. Rookie cornerback Mike Jenkins moved away from Mike Sellars and basically allowed Rock Cartwright’s long kickoff return. Cartwright ran straight through the gap Jenkins created. This was another pathetic play from Jenkins who is starting to look a little bit like a softy. The Cowboys just did not find the seams and hit them with full force. It showed.