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Heartbreaking Nail Biting OT Loss

Posted By Mercedes Green On Nov 21 2011 @ 9:16 am In Washington Redskins | 1 Comment

Wow what a game.  Prior to the game us fans didn’t think the Redskins would be able to compete with the Cowboys let alone tie them and bring the game into overtime.  Unfortunately for them it came down to the kickers and theirs was better.

This game was all about errors and bad calls, but overcoming them.  TE Fred Davis had a ball stripped as he was trying to get extra yardage (instead of getting down) and Dallas capitalized on that turnover with a TD.  7-0. Brandon Banks had a great return which was brought back because of an illegal block in the back call (last year he had 2 TDs reversed because of the same thing).

In the second quarter, the defense gets to Romo and hold them to a FG.  10-0 Dallas.  There were a few penalties called against the Redskins that even the commentators disagreed with. The first was an offensive pass interference call and a holding call on 2 different possessions. The third bad call was a 3rd and 1 QB sneak was called as a fumble, but luckily Shanahan had a challenge left and Grossman’s knee was clearly down.

The Redskins get great field advantage after a horrible Cowboys punt.  Grossman passes to Anderson for 22 yards to bring them to 1st and goal.  No one to throw to so Grossman runs in on his own for a TD.  10-7. Kerrigan gets a sack on Romo, Banks gets another good return for 32 yards, this time no flags.  Skins with the ball, they’re in the red zone with 20 seconds remaining in the first half.  Grossman passes to Gaffney in the end zone for a TD and take the lead into the half 14-10. This is the first time the Redskins have had the lead in 329 game minutes.   The fans give their team a standing ovation as they leave the field.  I actually had tears in my eyes after that TD!

The Skins have possession first in the 2nd half and increase the lead with a FG 17-10 Redskins.  Romo will be sacked twice in the 3rd and one huge solo one by London Fletcher.  Banks will get another good return for 56 yards.  Graham Gano misses a 49 yard FG (which would have won the game instead of a tie).

In the 4th quarter, it’s pure NFC East Redskins vs Cowboys football.  The Cowboys tie the game in the first few seconds of the 4th quarter.  Another supposed holding call against the Redskins which the commentators make another point that they didn’t see it.  Rex Grossman so far has kept the Train Rex at bay until he was under pressure and threw an interception.  Cowboys capitalize again with a TD.  24-17 Cowboys.  At the 2 minute warning, the Skins have the ball.  The Cowboys are penalized; the Skins get a first down.  With only 14 seconds remaining in the game, Grossman throws a perfect pass to Donte Stallworth for a TD.  It’s reviewed and verified.  The Skins tie the game and bring it to overtime.  I bet Mike Shanahan is relieved that his cut receiver who was then re-signed worked out so well.

The Redskins win the toss in overtime.  There is no time for mistakes.  Paulsen gets a pass interference call on him for a loss of yards, but then makes 15 yards.  Dallas gets an offside penalty, Gaffney gets a 1st down.  At 4th down, it’s a 52 yard attempt.  He missed a 49 yarder earlier, but made a 59 yarder 2 weeks ago. This is for the win against their biggest rival.  It’s wide right and the Cowboys take over on downs, already close to Redskins territory.

They only needed to get 20 yards in order to be in their kicker’s FG range and they win with a FG.  This is one of the most aggravating things about regular season overtime rules.  You obviously go for FGs instead of punting, but then you give the team great field advantage is you miss.  It comes down to whose kicker is better.

I am proud.  The Washington Redskins had the Cowboys in disbelief all day. They showed them that it doesn’t matter the record and who’s injured.  Emotions played the part in this game.

The Redskins held the power rush of the Cowboys to only 89 total rushing yards.  Grossman recorded 289 yards to Romo’s 292.  The Redskins recorded 4 sacks on Romo to their 3 on Grossman.    Tie of possession for the Redskins was 33:20 to 36:01.  One heck of a game no matter the outcome.


Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
R. Grossman





T. Romo





Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
R. Helu





R. Grossman





D. Murray





F. Jones





Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Gaffney





D. Stallworth





J. Witten





D. Bryant





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