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“Definitely disappointed - we should have won,” offensive coordinator Sherman Smith said. “We had some field goal opportunities and made only half of them.”
For the first time this year, Suisham let the Redskins down. He entered a perfect 12-for-12 on the year and provided the Redskins’ only points Sunday on kicks of 45 and 31 yards. But he missed wide left from 39 yards late in the first half and wide right from 50 yards - a field goal that likely would have sealed a Washington victory.
“It’s hard to swallow, especially in a tight game like this,” Suisham said. “I feel awful. The guys fought so hard today. You got a tight game like that and you miss two field goals, it’s very frustrating and disappointing.”
Zorn opted for the long attempt with 7:12 remaining rather than trying to bury Dallas deep in its own territory with a punt.
“I’m just sure it’s the right decision to make,” Zorn said. “I’ve got to go with that because he’s an NFL kicker, it called for that situation and I’m not sure there’s any doubt. Plus, had [Suisham made it], they hadn’t scored all day and needed more than a touchdown to win.”
Taking over at his own 40, Romo moved Dallas down the field. He completed his last seven passes, and none resulted in more than a 12-yard gain.
Before the winning drive, the Redskins’ defense kept Dallas in check for most of the second half, including a London Fletcher interception on fourth down from the Washington 39.
“If we would have said [before the game] we would hold the Dallas Cowboys to seven points, you’d think we were stupid,” secondary coach Jerry Gray said. “I thought our guys did a great job of putting the plan together. We stopped the run and didn’t give up the big pass.
“You hold Dallas to seven points and they walk out with a win, something’s wrong.”
The offensive players agreed.
“The bottom line, we have to score more points,” receiver Antwaan Randle El said. “That’s the only way you can look at it from an offensive standpoint.”
Added receiver Malcolm Kelly: “The defense played their tails off, and I don’t want to say we half-stepped, but we could have done a little better.”
The Redskins settled for field goals when drives stalled outside the red zone. But they could have gotten more out of Suisham’s first miss. With 15 seconds on the first half clock and no timeouts, Zorn resisted giving Campbell (24-for-37 for 256 yards) a shot at the end zone on third down.
“I could have taken another shot to the end zone, but they were coming after us and blitzing, so I didn’t want to get pushed out of field goal range,” Zorn said.
It became another game of missed opportunities for the Redskins. Their defense’s play made the loss even more discouraging.
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