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Romo leads Dallas to game-winning FG
The defensive breakdown at the end marred that unit’s solid performance. Although Felix Jones rushed for 95 of his 115 yards in the second half, Washington limited the Cowboys to six field goals.
“Anybody feels like they’re going to win when that happens,” Hall said. “I guess we didn’t make enough plays as a team.”
Offensive players agreed. Washington’s offense scored a touchdown on only 1-of-3 drives inside Dallas’ 20 and finished with its lowest point total of the season.
“Some of it comes down to luck if they dial up the right defense versus the play we have,” Grossman said. “There’s some things in execution we definitely could have done better.”
Play-calling was a sensitive subject on the offensive side, too. The Redskins led for more than 17 minutes in the second half but attempted only seven runs compared to 18 passes.
“Don’t you want to run the ball when the game’s on the line when you’re up in the fourth quarter?” right tackle Jammal Brown asked out loud. “Yeah, of course.”
Coordinator and play-caller Kyle Shanahan defended his approach.
“We’re not playing to conserve the clock,” he said. “You’re trying to win, and the best thing we’ve got to move the ball is throwing it at the time.”
The raw emotion and unrest was symptomatic of a disappointed team that expects to win such games.
On this night, however, the killer instinct was absent, the room for growth painfully obvious.
“We’ve got to figure out a way to finish a game,” Cooley said. “Offensively, we had a shot. We had the ball with seven minutes left. We had a couple first downs. This team has to just learn to how to just say, ‘We’re going to win right now.’”
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