The Dallas Cowboys were able to beat the Washington Redskins despite making a ton of mistakes and not being able to get into the endzone. The Cowboys biggest offensive weapon? The leg of kicker Dan Bailey, who set a rookie record with six field goals, including the game winner.
But it was the Redskins who drew first blood by scoring on their opening drive. A 46 yard Graham Gano field goal made the score 3-0 early in the first quarter.
The Cowboys struck right back as 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 after a hit by LaRon Landry. 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’ redzone. At the end of the first quarter, the score was Washington 6, Dallas 3.
Again, 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 third 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 and turned the ball over empty handed.
Although the Cowboys’ offense was able to move the ball down to the Redskin’s 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.
But with four seconds left in the first half, the Redskins’ Gano nailed a 50 yard field goal to tie the game, 9-9.
Dallas did not convert a 3rd down until their first drive in the third quarter. After a holding penalty by G Doug Free and an early snap by C Phil Costa, QB Tony Romo lobbed up a long bomb down the middle of the field to WR Kevin Ogletree that resulted in a Redskins interception by Kevin Barnes. It was another bad snap by Costa and a terrible route run by Ogletree that caused the interception. The Cowboys had some clear communication issues coming out of halftime.
This time, Washington made Dallas pay for their mistakes. QB Rex Grossman hit RB Tim Hightower with a one yard touchdown pass out in the flat giving the Redskins the lead, 16-9 midway through the third quarter.