Richie Anderson threw a halfback option pass for a touchdown, and was instrumental in a critical fourth quarter drive, to help lead the Dallas Cowboys past NFC East rival Washington Monday Night in front of 90,367 fans at FedEx Field.
The annual trip to the Nation's capital was highlighted by a meeting of two head coaches, who hadn't been on the same field since 1992.
"You've got to make it about the coaches," said Cowboys safety Tony Dixon, who got the fourth and fifth sacks of his four-year career against the Redskins. "It's an honor that we'll be able to look back and see a classic game and see Parcells and Gibbs on the sidelines -- and hopefully see some of the plays I made."
Despite the long gap between meetings, Parcells showed he still has Gibbs' number. The Dallas coach has won 12 of 18 and seven in a row against the Hall of Fame coach, the last six coming when Parcells' New York Giants and Gibbs' Redskins were NFC East rivals from 1983-90.
"They're extremely well-coached," Gibbs said. "You've got to give them a lot of credit."
The victory, Dallas' 13th in its last 14 meetings with Washington, also made Parcells the 10th NFL coach to win 150 regular-season games.
Richie Anderson threw a halfback pass to Terry Glenn in the back of the end zone early in the fourth quarter, to help give Dallas a lead it would never relinquish.
The scoring strike gave the Cowboys a lead they would never relinquish, despite a brilliant game by Redskins wide receiver Rod Gardner. Gardner caught 10 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns, including several long jump balls thrown by Redskins' quarterback Mark Brunell.
On the final play of the game, Brunell lofted a 46-yard pass down the sidelines from deep in Redskins' territory to try and get his team into field goal position. Garnder brought in the pass, but was tackled inbounds as the final seconds ticked harmlessly off the clock.
"It wasn't perfect, but I'm happy we came away with a big win on the road," Parcells said. "Anytime you can come into a place on Monday night, in a rivalry like this and come away with a win, you have to be happy about that. We had to fight for it, but we did enough to win."
Anderson Leads Cowboys Past Skins
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