5:15 p.m.: The biggest issue prior to the game was of course Clinton Portis’ availability. Portis was the only player on the field, testing out his balky left knee and his bum right leg before a bunch of coaches and medical personnel. The workout lasted 15 minutes and, judging by the body language of all involved, Sir Scribble predicted Portis would be a scratch.
6:45 p.m.: Scrib continues his impressive streak of guessing wrong on every game-time injury decision. Portis will play.
7:15 p.m.: On the field, the wind feels tricky but there’s no questioning the chill in the air. Game-time temperature would end up being 44 degrees. At this point, both teams’ kickers are practicing at the same end of the field, making for an interesting sight of two footballs sailing through the uprights simultaneously.
7:23 p.m.: Tony Romo takes the field and exchanges a greeting with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
7:32 p.m.: Portis takes the field in full uniform. There appears to be a brace on his left knee but more noticeable is a giant wrap on his right leg. That lets Scrib assume Portis sustained a bone bruise on the right leg when hit by Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu.
7:42 p.m.: Fred Smoot exchanges greetings with field judge Boris Cheek. You have to love Smooter — he knows he may need a call later in the game.
8:15 p.m.: The fans are told to wave their new Redskns Rally Rags. Scrib guesses The Danny wells up in the owner’s box.