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Redskins Stun Cowboys in OT 20-17

The Redskins got their first back-to-back wins and their first divisional win since 2012, stunning the Cowboys 20-17 in Dallas.

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The Washington Redskins head into Dallas at 2-5 to face their division-rival Cowboys who sit atop the NFC East at 6-1. If the Redskins can manage to get back-to-back wins for the first time since 2012, it could change their season. That would elevate the Redskins to 3-5 with winnable games against Minnesota and Tampa Bay next on the schedule in addition to a rehabbing Robert Griffin the third nearing closer to a comeback. Beating arguably the hottest team in the NFL would be the first signature win of Jay Gruden's career, and do wonders for the moral of the team going forward. Saying this is an important game would be an understatement for the Redskins.

Although the first half was uneventful on the scoreboard there were plenty of big plays that occurred. Despite a phenomenal performance from the defense including two forced fumbles and three sacks, the Redskins find themselves down 7-3 heading into the locker room.

Washington has been unable to cash in on the opportunities their defense and special teams has given them. The Redskins had great field position set up by a 37 yard punt return by Andre Roberts into Dallas territory only to come away with a field goal.

The Skins were unable to translate either turnover into points, they a few yards away from a Colt McCoy to DeSean Jackson deep bomb, but Colt doesn't have the arm to fully take advantage of Jackson's skillset.

McCoy did have one very Kirk Cousins' like moment in the first half, when he threw into double coverage in the end zone attempting to hit Andre Roberts for a touchdown, when he had DeSean Jackson open in the flat with a lot of room in front of him.

Another slow start from Alfred Morris, which has led to more Roy Helu and even some Silas Redd. Redd is a tough physical runner, and should see some more carries going forward.

The defense has given their best effort tonight, Brandon Meriweather, Perry Riley, and Ryan Kerrigan have all registered sacks, and Meriweather has also been involved in both Redskins turnovers, forcing one fumble and recovering another. Tony Romo is not the easiest quarterback to bring down, and the Redskins have done a good job of getting him down when they do get to him.

However, the Redskins pass rush does need to be more consistent. They have been great getting Romo to the turf, however, it the pass rush has either gotten their quickly or not gotten there at all.

Bashaud Breeland and David Amerson have played well, they both improve every game. The Redskins may have found their starting cornerback duo for the next years to come.

The Redskins came out of the locker room and went right down the field for the touchdown, regaining the lead, and keeping the Dallas offense off the field. Good play calling, and overcoming a 1st and 25 situation were big in the Redskins scoring drive. The Redskins ended the first half with a sack, and started the second half with a score, but can they keep momentum on their side?

Trent Murphy almost had a game changing play on Monday Night Football in his debut as a starter. Murphy tipped a ball straight up in the air and almost completed the interception. On the next play Kennan Robinson sacked Tony Romo for the fourth time tonight, who was injured on the play.

Bashaud Breeland came to play on national television tonight. He has had a phenomenal game, including forcing a fumble, and breaking up back-to-back balls intended for Dez Bryant in the end zone. Rookies don't typically stop Dez Byrant at all, let alone twice in a row in the red zone. Breeland is going to be a special player.

The Redskins offense seems to be developing a rhythm heading into the fourth quarter. Alfred Morris is running well, Roy Helu is catching balls, and McCoy got enough distance to hit Jackson for a big play to end the third.

To finish the drive, Colt McCoy punches it in from six yards to give the Redskins the touchdown and the lead once again, 17-10.

The Cowboys tie it up at 17, with just under nine and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter on a complete breakdown of coverage that allowed Jason Witten to walk into the end zone.

Jay Gruden has guts. 2-5 or not, dialing up a throw with your third string quarterback on a critical fourth and one is a gutsy call, but at the end of the day, it worked and that's all that matters. However, the fourth down conversion becomes irrelevant after an unacceptable delay of game penalty and a sack take the Redskins right out of field goal range.

I didn't think the Redskins young corners were ready for the Cowboys passing game, and I am one of Brandon Meriweather's biggest critics. I love it when I'm wrong. On Romo's first pass attempt upon returning to the game, Meriweather blitzed and got a good shot on Romo, forcing the ball out, recovered by Dallas. Meriweather has played a solid game tonight, by far his best of the season.

Unable to complete two near Cowboys turnovers on the final drive, the Redskins and Cowboys head into overtime tied at 17.

Jordan Reed converted a huge third and three to extend the drive in overtime, followed by a beautiful catch after Colt McCoy extended the play with his legs for another first down, this offense has a different element when he's in the game.

However, Jordan Reed was not able to convert on the next third down, and the Redskins kick a field goal to make it 20-17 game. Dallas needs a touchdown to win the game.

The Redskins force a turnover on downs to end the game, completing the upset of division rival Cowboys. The Redskins get their first back to back victories and first divisional win since 2012. By far the biggest win in Jay Gruden's young coaching career.