For much of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, the Dallas Cowboys looked to be implementing their same old tired plan. Run the ball in the first half behind running back DeMarco Murray, than abandon the run entirely in the second half in favor of the $100 million arm of quarterback Tony Romo. Instead, the Cowboys coaching staff showed unusual trust in the third year back, and in the end it helped them secure the victory.
The Cowboys rushed behind Murray 11 times in the fourth quarter against the Redskins. And with 1:08 left in the game, Romo found Murray for the game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth down. This gave the Cowboys a 24-23 lead and extended the team’s playoff hopes at least one more week.
Murray had a big day statically. He finished the game with 96 rushing yards and scored two total touchdowns. Murray also passed the 1,000 rushing yard mark for the season. It’s the first time in his career he’s passed that mark and he’s the first Cowboys rusher to do so since Julius Jones.
Dallas will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday at AT&T Stadium for the NFC East crown and a playoff berth.