Skins Rip Cowboys 27-6; Clinch Final NFC Playoff Spot

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss streaks into the end zone after scoring on a 42-yard pass play against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007. The Redskins won 27-6.

After watching the Cowboys basically hand the Redskins a trip to the playoffs with a 27-6 loss, I must admit I expected them to lose, but not in such a embarrassing manner. The Redskins were definitely more motivated and outplayed Dallas in every aspect of the game, but I had hoped the Cowboys starters would at least perform well in the first half before giving the game over to Brad Johnson and the second team.

Dallas’ failed to block much up front and had the worst rushing game of the season, and the offense sputtered for the fourth game in a row. Romo had a measly 86-yards passing with one interception and no TD’s and Witten only managed two catches for about 15-yards. Barber didn’t get anywhere close to the 19-yards he needed to surpass a 1,000-yards rushing for the season and Miles Austin dropped two TD passes. Overall, a very bleak performance heading into the playoffs, although Romo did set the Cowboys’ completion record at 335. The only highlight of the night.

Terry Glenn left the game early in the second quarter with no catches after a questionable hit in the knees by Redskins S Laron Landry when the ball was clearly dead. Phillips had said if the weather wasn’t good, he would see limited play, but I think this was even more limited than planned.

The defense actually started out playing well, but didn’t get much help from the offense, as DeMarcus Ware got a sack and forced two fumbles and Marcus Spears also got a sack on Todd Collins. But Collins and Clinton Portis were too much for the Cowboys today as they surrendered their first 100-yard rusher of the season to Portis, who had 104-yards and 2 TD’s. Collins hit Santana Moss on a 42-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to end the scoring and put the game away.

Dallas’ Brad Johnson mounted a last-minute drive getting inside the Redskins’ five-yard line with a first and goal, but once again Austin dropped a second certain TD pass and they had to settle for their second Nick Folk FG, who also missed a short FG-try in the first quarter. I have to say I thought it rather classless of the Redskins to blitz on the third-and-goal play, but then they have never been accused of being a classy team.

Although the Redskins clearly outplayed the Cowboys in this one, snapping Dallas’ record of 10 consecutive road game wins, they will not get past the Seahawks next weekend in Seattle. Tonight’s game would be great motivation for Dallas if Washington were to beat Seattle on the road and then face Dallas at home the following week, but I just don’t see it happening.

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