Washington puts away Dallas 34-23

The Cowboys fall to 4-12 for the first time in franchise history, and Washington was all too generous to help their arch rival achieve this mark as they packed visited old foes before the playoffs.

The NFC East had total parity throughout all of 2015, but in the season finale, there was a clear difference between the division champs, Washington, and the cellar dwellers, Dallas.

 

Washington gained 437 yards of total offense with two different quarterbacks in starter Kirk Cousins and backup Colt McCoy having sensational afternoons in Arlington. Cousins put up 12/15 for 176 yards and three touchdowns to establish a big first half lead. When McCoy in relief, he only had one more incompletion as he went 7/11 for 128 yards and a touchdown.

 

Running back Alfred Morris became the third rusher all season to post a 100-yard game against the Cowboys defense as he earned a straight century mark on 19 carries.

 

Receiver DeSean Jackson was not even targeted, but Washington didn't need to. Rookie receiver Jameis Crowder caught five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, leading all Washington receivers. Tight end Jordan Reed caught four passes for 45 yards, and veteran wideout Pierre Garcon caught three balls for 49 yards and a touchdown.

 

Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore finished the game going 33/48 for 435 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Washington found ways to sack him four times on the afternoon. Terrance Williams was Moore's best target as the third-year receiver snagged eight balls for 173 yards. Receiver Cole Beasley led the Cowboys with two touchdown passes as he also caught five passes for 53 yards. Tight end Jason Witten hauled in six passes for 58 yards and a touchdown.

 

Cousins finished the game securing the Washington franchise record for most passing yards in a season with 4,166 yards, surpassing Jay Schroeder's mark in 1986.

 

SCORING SUMMARY

 

Cousins throws a five-yard touchdown pass to receiver Ryan Grant with 9:14 in the first quarter to establish a 7-0 Washington lead.

 

Cousins throws a 39-yard touchdown pass to receiver Pierre Garcon to increase Washington's lead to 14-0 with 4:28 in the first quarter.

 

Cousins throws a three-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jameis Crowder to pile it on as Washington took a 21-0 lead with 24 seconds in the first quarter.

 

Dustin Hopkins kicks a 27-yard field goal with 8:20 to go in the second quarter to give Washington a 24-0 advantage.

 

Jason Witten catches a four-yard touchdown pass from Kellen Moore to cut into Washington's lead 24-7 with 3:39 in the second quarter.

 

Cole Beasley catches a five-yard touchdown pass from Moore to trim Washington's margin 24-14 with 26 seconds in the second quarter.

 

Hopkins nails a 33-yard field goal with 2:57 to go in the third quarter to make it a 27-14 Washington lead.

 

Receiver Rashad Ross catches a 71-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Colt McCoy to expand Washington's lead to 34-14 with 14:51 to go in the fourth quarter.

 

Dallas scored a safety when safety J.J. Wilcox and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence stuffed running back Alfred Morris for a one-yard loss and a safety to make it 34-16 with 12:27 to go in the fourth quarter.

Beasley caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Moore with 4:22 to go in the game to trim Washington's margin to 34-23.

 

 

ONSIDE KICKS

 

* Darren McFadden finished the game with 92 yards on 12 carries, giving him 1,089 yards on the year. It's the first time in Cowboys history the team has had two different 1,000-yard rushers in consecutive seasons, and also McFadden's second 1,000-yard year of his career.

 

* Terrance Williams finished the game with 173 receiving yards on eight catches. The receiving yards were a career high. 

 

* Williams also set a career high in receiving yards for a single season with 840. 

 

* Kellen Moore's first 400-yard passing day was just the second time in 2015 a Cowboys passer threw for 300-plus yards since Romo's 356 yards in the season opener.

 

* Moore finished the game with a 123.8 passer rating. It is the highest for a Cowboys starting quarterback this season.

 

* Dallas challenged that Jason Witten caught a four-yard touchdown pass and won. That challenge was the first successful challenge of referee John Parry's calls bringing their total to now 1/4 in Parry-called games.

 

* With Morris' one-yard loss resulting in a safety, it was the Cowboys' first safety since Nov. 23, 2008 when linebacker Carlos Polk blocked a punt out of the back of the end zone against San Francisco on Nov. 23, 2008.

 

THE LAST WORD

 

With the Colts defeating the Titans 30-24 and the Steelers besting the Browns 28-12, Tennessee will pick number one overall and Cleveland number two. We will keep watch at CowboysHQ for how the San Diego-Dener affair turns out, but should the Chargers lose as predicted, then Dallas will hold the number four overall pick. Keep refreshing CowboysHQ for developing news on the draft front.

 

Be sure to also keep it here for the latest in Cowboys off-season personnel moves, both in the front office, coaching staff, and team roster. Follow Mike Fisher -- @fishsports -- for all of the latest and breaking at Valley Ranch.


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