Tony Romo tossed a late fourth-quarter touchdown pass to running back Demarco Murray to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 24-23 win over their rivals, the Washington NFL team, on Dec. 22 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
Washington nearly ruined Dallas’ playoffs chances by threatening to pull off an upset. Washington led 23-14 in the fourth quarter.
But the Cowboys scored 10 points in the final nine minutes, including Romo’s game-winning touchdown pass to Murray to escape Washington with the victory.
Romo completed 17 of 27 passes for 227 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Murrary ran for 96 yards and a touchdown, while also catching a touchdown. Cowboys’ receiver Dez Bryant caught 4 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown.
It was the second time Dallas beat Washington this season.
Dallas needed a win over Washington to stay alive in the hunt for the NFC East division championship and a trip to the NFL playoffs.
The Cowboys’ record is now 8-7 as they currently trail the Philadelphia Eagles by a half-game for the division lead.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins started his second game in place of the benched Robert Griffin III. Cousins completed 21 of 36 passes for 197 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Washington running back Alfred Morris ran for 88 yards on 24 carries.
Veteran receiver Pierre Garcon had a monster game for Washington, catching 11 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. Garcon now has 107 catches on the season, a new franchise record. He broke Art Monk’s record of 106 catches in 1984, a record that had stood 29 years.
Washington dropped to 3-12 on the season, their worst record since 1994. They will face the New York Giants (5-9 record) in the season finale on Dec. 29 at MetLife Stadium, the site of this year’s Super Bowl, in East Rutherford, N.J.