Cowboys Drown Skins in Mud-Soaked D.C.

The Cowboys got back on track after a brief two-game slide Sunday by shutting out the arch-rival Washington Redskins, 27-0 at the nation's capitol. Troy Hambrick rushed for a career-high 189 yards on 34 carries en route to the team's first road victory since week four.

Rookie cornerback Terence Newman shined as part of the Cowboys defensive effort. Newman intercepted Redskins QB Tim Hasselbeck three times on the evening, and fellow defensive back Pete Hunter had an interception to go with two fumble recoveries by Dallas.

The Cowboys came out strong right out of the gate and never looked back, as quarterback Quincy Carter hit FB Richie Anderson on a screen pass for 21 yards and a touchdown.

Then, right before the half, Newman made one of his three interceptions on the day that set up a three-run touchdown run off left tackle to give Dallas a 14-0 lead. Another Redskins turnover would give the Cowboys a chance to up the ante, but kicker Billy Cundiff came up short on a 50-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the first half.

When the second half opened up, the Cowboys defense picked up right where they left off, forcing the Redskins to a three and out on their first possession of the third quarter. Later, Cundiff connected on a field goal of 34 yards to put the Cowboys ahead 17-0 with 4:55 left in the third.

With the rain falling harder and the mud growing thicker and more slippery, the Cowboys again showed no thoughts of mercy against the Redskins, holding Hasselbeck to 6-for-26 passing for a total of an anemic 56 yards in the contest. The Dallas defense also held the Redskins to just 37 yards of total offense in the second half.

Cundiff tacked on another three points with 9:50 left in the fourth quarter to make the score 20-0. Then, with a little over five minutes remaining, Dallas delivered the knockout punch, as Hambrick broke a 42-yard run to set up a two-yard touchdown run by tailback Erik Bickerstaff to make the final score 27-0.

NOTES: The win today by the Cowboys ensured the team of their first winning season since 1998. It also mathematically eliminated the Redskins from playoff contention. The Cowboys have now won 12 of their last 13 against the Redskins. The Cowboys now get set to host the New York Giants in their final home game of the regular season at Texas Stadium a week from today. A win would almost certainly guarantee the Cowboys of a playoff berth. The 27-0 shutout of the Redskins was the Cowboys' first since 1989, and their first against Washington since 1971.

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