Washington wins first-place battle with Dallas in dramatic fashion


Brett Maher missed a 52-yard field goal that bounced off the upright on the final play of the fourth quarter that would have sent the game into overtime. Instead, Washington escaped with a 20-17 victory that it shouldn’t have had to sweat.

Washington sits atop the NFC East standings at 4-2, with the Eagles and Cowboys tied for second at 3-4.

Washington led by 10 points with 4:55 remaining but allowed Dallas to score a touchdown on a 1-yard Dak Prescott run with 1:37 remaining. The Cowboys used two timeouts on Washington’s ensuing possession and Alex Smith inexplicably allowed Sean Lee to push him out of bounds on third down, allowing Dallas to save its third timeout.

Dallas drove from its own 36 to the Washington 29, setting up Maher for a 47-yard try. Cowboys snapper L.P. Ladouceur was called for a snap infraction, possibly the first of his 14-year career, turning the kick into a 52-yarder.

It appeared Maher, who had made 16 in a row since missing his first NFL attempt, would have made the kick from 47. It hit the left upright, sending Washington into celebration.

The Cowboys can’t find a way to win the road. They are undefeated at home, averaging 35.3 points and 363.3 yards in three games. They have scored 54 points in four road games and have averaged 287.8 yards per game in those losses to Carolina, Seattle, Houston and Washington.

The Cowboys had only 170 yards after three quarters, including only 4 yards on six plays in the third quarter. They were fortunate still to be in the game, but Washington had to settle for chip-shot field goals after reaching the Dallas 3 and Dallas 7 in the second half.

The Cowboys gained 154 yards in a frantic fourth quarter to finish with 324.

Prescott completed 22 of 35 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown. He ran for 33 yards and a touchdown on six carries but also lost two fumbles, one of which Preston Smith scored on with a 1-yard return.

Ezekiel Elliott had 34 yards on 15 carries.

Smith went 14-of-25 for 178 yards and a touchdown. Adrian Peterson ran for 99 yards on 24 carries.

34 responses to “Washington wins first-place battle with Dallas in dramatic fashion

  1. Dak upped his game ! Instead of throwing pick sixes he fumbles in his own end zone thus saving his legs chasing the DB ! Brilliant !

  2. Refs blew this game. We’re back to no holding calls on the opposing O-Line. Last call was horrible. L.P. is a pro bowler. Been snapping the game and now that call comes in. To tie the game?! Horrible!!!!!

  3. He cant throw he cant read defense he cant do anything . But lose games. This guy sucks. For all of you who wanted Romo gone. LOL this is what you get . Even the reporters on westwood were calling out wide open receivers.

  4. The Redskins didn’t win so much as the Cowboys kicker lost it. The Redskins last possession all they needed was either a first down or at a minimum to make Dallas use all 3 time outs. So what does Alex Smith do? Run out of bounds saving a Dallas Timeout. It would’ve been fitting if that TO had cost the skins the game. If the Dallas center hadn’t simulated a snap and put the ball back 10 yards, the game goes to overtime.

  5. Do the fanbase and the NFL a favor and sell the team Jerry. You’ve shown for decades now that you have no clue how to put a winning product on the field, no matter how well you’ve done cashing in everywhere else.

  6. What has happened to the kicking in this league. It’s like because extra points are now field goals the kickers brain is fried all the time and it leads to more missed regular field goals as well.

  7. longislandcowboysfan33 says:
    October 21, 2018 at 7:54 pm
    Refs blew this game. We’re back to no holding calls on the opposing O-Line. Last call was horrible. L.P. is a pro bowler. Been snapping the game and now that call comes in. To tie the game?! Horrible!!!!!


    Jon Allen was held on literally every play. Kerrigan was held throughout the game. The no calls went both ways.

  8. Myself and 5 other FB natives watched the Redskins beat the Dallas team at the Grainhopper bar here in North Dakota. All six of us called them the “Redskins” and guess what, it didn’t bother us or any other patron because we are red-skinned and not thin-skinned. Imagine that.

    Hail to the Redskins!


    FB NA Ouchitas Tribe Devils Lake ND Rez 254

  9. I’m an Eagles fan but I really want the Redskins to do well because of Adrian Peterson. He overcomes fandom. I don’t know who is going to win the superbowl, I wouldn’t mind if my Eagles went back the superbowl, but also would be happy if the Redskins went and won – because of Adrian Peterson.

    It’s going to be an upsetting day when he retires.

  10. Snap Infraction? I can’t remember if I’ve ever heard of that penalty called. Much less on a 14 year vet with 5 penalties in his career. Never a “snap infraction” Cowboys would probably go on to lose in OT but that was a tough call to swallow at that point in the game.

  11. As a lifelong Redskins fan I can’t believe I still have hair. There is no more stressful team in sports. How can we dominate time of possession , hold Zeke Elliott to 34 yards, and yet still only win by a false start on the last play of the game? Does Dan Snyder somehow make money from stress-induced aneurysms in the DC metropolitan area?

  12. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    October 21, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    Always a happy Sunday when the Cowboys lose!

    And an as expected Sunday when the lolphins lose. From 3-0 to 4-3 to another lost season in the FL swamplands. Are lolphins fans really in a position to talk trash to…anyone?

  13. What logic can you find that would have a QB like Alice Smith who does so little in a game to justify earning an $80 million contract? From a sports ethics perspective, it is foolish to deprive the rest of the team from having talent dollars when Colt McCoy can do just as good as what little Alice is doing? Certainly Colt can throw one touchdown pass per game and throw at a pace of seven yards (or less) per attempt and miss five or six wide open passes per game. And Colt McCoy even has legs which can move him around the pocket and which can pick up a first down.

    It is outrageous that the Redskins have squandered precious dollar resources on a player who does so little to make this team any good.

    Right now the defense is winning games and the Alice Smith offense has a problem scoring over 20 points. It is time for fans to demand his termination.

  14. Defense wins championships
    But boy oh boy The First Place Redskins better get the offense un-stuck soon, we can’t keep winning this way

  15. What the heck is a snap infraction???? I’ve never seen that called in 40 years of watching football. Especially at such a critical part of a game. I actually had to look it up what it was. Unreal

  16. liberalsruineverything says:
    October 21, 2018 at 8:43 pm
    >BeeSmart says:
    >October 21, 2018 at 7:52 pm
    >Another BS call by the refs!


    Seriously bro. You’re embarrassing yourself using my name.

  17. For you geniuses still complaining about the “snap infraction” (as if it had anything to do with your loss!), it’s called a false start! Centers can’t keep moving the freaking ball around simulating the start of a play to pull the defense off sides! He was moving that ball around like a joystick!

  18. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:

    Always a happy Sunday when the Cowboys lose!
    likewise when the garbage Dolphins lose, this team has been non-existent since 1972.

  19. It wasn’t much of a battle! Smith is better than Cousins and without a doubt better than Dak!

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