The Redskins drew first blood by scoring on their opening drive. A 46 yard Graham Gano field goal made the score 3-0.
The Cowboy struck right back. A 27 yard check down pass from Tony Romo to Felix Jones in the Cowboys’ first drive led to a Dan Bailey 41 yard field goal, tying the score 3-3.
With under two minutes left in the first quarter, Cowboy wideout Kevin Ogletree fumbled the ball. The Redskins recovered the ball deep into Cowboys’ territory. After two great defensive plays by Sean Lee, Washington was forced to take a 27 yard field goal in the Cowboys’ red zone. At the end of the first quarter, the score was Washington 6, Dallas 3.
Sean Lee had a great interception early in the second quarter that gave the ball back to the Cowboys in the Redskins’ red zone. Unfortunately, the Dallas offensive line was unable to get enough of a push to convert a 3rd down and one play. The Cowboys’ had to settle for a Bailey 27 yard field goal. The score was tied, 6-6.
After a good Dallas defensive stop in their own red zone, Washington bobbled a field goal attempt to turn the ball over empty handed.
Although the Cowboys’ offense took the ball down to the Redskins red zone, they were forced once again to settle for a field goal. Bailey’s third field goal was a 32 yarder, giving Dallas the lead 9-6.
With four second left in the first half, the Redskins’ Gano nailed a 50 yard field goal to tie the game, 9-9.
Injuries: DE Jason Hatcher left the game in the second quarter with a calf strain. He did not return and was replaced on the defensive line by Marcus Spears. Mike Jenkins re-aggravated his shoulder injury late in the second quarter. After a stint in the locker room, Jenkins returned just before halftime.