The Dallas Cowboys had to win this week to keep their playoff hopes alive, but after losing two straight games, it wasn't clear which Cowboys team would show up. However, the Cowboys were able to roar back from two scores down to beat the Washington Redskins, 24-23, in a huge game on Dec. 22.
The win was a big-time performance from Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray. Dallas took an early 14-6 halftime lead, but as they have the past few weeks, the Cowboys refused to run the ball to close out the game and kept throwing. Thanks to a fumble on a reception and a Romo interception early in the second half, the Redskins came back.
In the fourth quarter, Washington led Dallas 23-14 and it looked like the Cowboys' season was coming to a quick end. However, Dallas finally started to run the ball. DeMarco Murray finished the game with 22 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown on the ground, however he almost cost Dallas the game.
With the Cowboys kicking a field goal with the clock ticking down, they got the ball back and drove the length of the field to the one-yard line. DeMarco Murray lined up and was stuffed on two straight carries. On third down, he got another chance and ran from the defenders, losing 10 yards on the play.
It was enough to spoil the confidence the coaches had built up in Murray. However, on fourth down, with 01:16 remaining in the game, Romo backed up to pass and then threw the ball to Murray, who barreled in for the touchdown. One PAT later, and Dallas was up by one. The defense came out and shut down Washington one more time and the Cowboys lived to fight another day.
Next week, the Dallas Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles, and the winner will be the NFC East champion and head into the playoffs.