The Washington Redskins ended their 2015 regular season with a 9-7 record after defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 34-23, Sunday afternoon in Arlington, Texas.
When you've already clinched a playoff spot heading into the final week of the regular season, then it's nothing more than pride on the line.
So the Redskins had several goals for their season finale against the Dallas Cowboys: stay healthy, keep the momentum going, get to 9-7 and establish some new team records while they were at it.
They accomplished almost all those goals to near perfection in front of an announced crowd of
90,127, defeating the Cowboys 34-23.
The fourth quarter of Sunday's game will be remembered for three key plays: a 71-yard touchdown pass from
More on that play to Ross: McCoy tried to do the exact same thing in the first half, but overthrew Ross. He certainly didn't do that this time around, dropping in a perfect dime to the speedster.
The Blackmon interception, meanwhile, would unfortunately be overshadowed by a safety.
On the ensuing Cowboys possession, linebacker
Then, Blackmon struck again. Darren McFadden looked to have a sure touchdown, but Blackmon smacked the ball out of his hand just short of the goal line. The ball went out of bounds in the end zone for a touchback -- Redskins' ball.
Blackmon has been such a critical pickup for the Redskins' secondary this season. He's been a stat sheet stuffer and a terrific veteran presence.
Also of note today: Morris crossed the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time since Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins. Morris has had a tough year in 2015, but definitely appears to look more and more like the "old Alfred," a two-time Pro Bowler. He's being patient, hitting the right hole and making guys miss.
THIRD QUARTER: Redskins 27, Cowboys 14
We're through three here at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Redskins maintain their lead over the Cowboys, 27-14.
It was a pretty uneventful third quarter for both teams, but the Redskins, led by Colt McCoy, were able to milk 8:21 off the clock on one drive. After 14 plays and 74 yards, they turned it into a 33-yard field goal by
Earlier in the quarter, defensive end
HALFTIME: Redskins 24, Cowboys 14
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said he'd need to see how today's game was flowing before determining when to pull his starters.
Most might agree Gruden decided by halfway through the second quarter that things were flowing pretty well for Washington.
The Redskins pulled starting quarterback
Before he was pulled, Cousins broke one more key Redskins' record: most passing yards in a single season. His 28-yard completion to
It's tough to say whether Cousins has put together the best passing performance in Redskins history, as Sonny Jurgensen's high-powered attack in 1967 was pretty darn good, too. But it's certainly a fun conversation to have.
The Redskins used that throw to get into field goal range, and kicker Dustin Hopkins nailed a 27-yarder with 8:20 left in the second quarter to put them up 24-0.
It was a nine-play, 80-yard drive took 4:41 off the clock for Dallas. One scary moment for the Redskins: cornerback
Colt McCoy took over at quarterback for the Redskins on their ensuing drive, completing his first pass, an 11-yard completion to
After a booming 56-yard punt by
Too easy for the Cowboys, who have an excellent offensive line and aren't allowing any sort of pressure up front.
FIRST QUARTER: Redskins 21, Cowboys 0
The 2015 regular season finale is upon us here at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
If you’re among those who think Week 1’s season opener against the Miami Dolphins feels like a couple seasons ago, you’re not alone. Lots has changed for this Washington Redskins team since then, the most notable achievement being, of course, its NFC East title.
The Dallas Cowboys, meanwhile, are on the opposite end of the spectrum, only winning four games all year in a season in which starting quarterback Tony Romo would miss huge chunks on two different occasions with a clavicle injury.
Even though Washington still has the No. 4 seed locked up, the team has lots on the line today when it comes to pride, as well as a couple individual team records that could be broken.
And, after the first quarter of action, the Redskins lead the Cowboys, 21-0.
The Redskins won the opening coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. The opening kickoff went to the Cowboys, and they promptly were forced into a three and out.
Washington didn’t have too much more success on its opening drive, though Kirk Cousins’ opening pass was good for a first down to tight end
After forcing another Cowboys punt, the Redskins got were able to get something going on the ensuing drive, set up by a 44-yard screen play from Cousins to Jamison Crowder to the Dallas 5. Great execution by the Redskins, and great patience by Cousins and Crowder to let the play develop.
One play later, Cousins found second-year Ryan Grant for the five-yard touchdown on a little misdirection play – Grant’s second score of the year.
Two plays, 49 yards, 44 seconds. Pretty good efficiency right there.
Cousins & Co. made them pay, highlighted by a 39-yard touchdown over the top to
The Dallas miscues continued on their ensuing possession. Moore would fumble, and Chris Baker would pick it up, continuing the career year for the Hampton product. The Redskins took over at the Dallas 30.
And Cousins did it again, this time on a three-yard touchdown pass to rookie Jamison Crowder.
With 14 seconds left, the Redskins led 21-0.