On Sunday, the Washington Redskins faced the Dallas Cowboys for the second time this season.
With the emotion of current NFL ironman London Fletcher, whose donned burgundy and gold for the last seven years, playing his last home game and the possibility of dashing the Cowboys’ playoff hopes, FedExField was the site of another memorable clash between NFC East foes.
But just like Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons, the Redskins fell short by one point, this time by a final score of 24-23.
Offensively, the Redskins were led by wide receiver Pierre Garcon who had a historical day. Coming into the day, Garcon was 10 receptions behind Hall of Famer Art Monk for the most receptions in a single season (106) in franchise history.
Recording at least five receptions in every game this season, the chances of Garcon pulling even with Monk by season’s end was almost certain.
But against the Cowboys, he had one of the best games of his six year career.
Taking advantage of Dallas’ man coverage, Garcon set the tempo early with a personal best eight first half receptions.
On the first drive of the third, Garcon continued to befuddle the talent-laden Cowboys secondary with two receptions.
The latter was off a perfectly executed slant route that left Garcon both alone in the middle of the end zone and tied him with Monk.
On the very next drive, Garcon thrashed Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr with a quick double-move that put him alone at the top of the record books.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins was making his first career home start at FedExField. The sophomore was economical throughout the game, throwing for 197 yards, one touchdown and one interception, but he was off-sync on a possible game-winning final drive.
After hitting running back Roy Helu Jr. for a two-yard gain with 64 seconds left, Cousins failed to find anyone on the next three plays, including a fourth down throw that soared out of bounds.
Extending his impressive start against the Cowboys, running back Alfred Morris ran for 88 yards on 24 carries. It was the most he’d been involved in a game since Week 11 vs. Philadelphia.
Defensively, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and safety Brandon Meriweather both recorded sacks on Tony Romo while cornerback DeAngelo Hall notched his fourth interception of the season.
While the unit did a good job holding the potent Dallas offense in check for most of the day, Romo found running back DeMarco Murray for a 10-yard touchdown on 4th-and-goal with less than two minutes left on the play clock.
Kicker Dan Bailey hit the extra point to seal a Cowboys victory.
The Redskins (3-11) will wrap up the season on Sunday at MetLife Stadium against another division opponent—the New York Giants (6-9).
Now 0-5 against the NFC East, the Redskins are looking to prevent a winless season against the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants and the first 3-13 season since 1994.
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