Rookie Patrick Crayton was responsible for getting Bill Parcells yet another win over Joe Gibbs.
Crayton caught a 15-yard pass on 4th-and-10 before hauling in a
39-yard touchdown with 30 seconds remaining as the Dallas Cowboys rallied for a 13-10 victory over the Washington Redskins.
It marked the 14th time in the last 15 meetings that the Cowboys
have beat their bitter NFC East rivals.
The Redskins lured Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs out of
retirement to help end their struggles against the Cowboys. But
Gibbs now has lost his last eight matchups against Parcells,
the coach of the Cowboys, including a sweep this season.
Crayton was the unlikely hero in Dallas' lastest win of the
series. A seventh-round pick, Crayton had only five catches
coming into the contest. But with Dallas facing a 4th-and-10 at
its own 25, Vinny Testaverde found Crayton to keep the drive
going with 53 seconds left. Five plays later, Testaverde, who
was soundly booed by the Texas stadium crowd earlier, connected
with Crayton down the right sideline for the go-ahead score.
Washington had a chance to send the game into overtime but Jeff Chandler, playing for the injured John Hall, fell short on a
57-yard field goal attempt as time expired.
Washington erased a 6-3 deficit when Ramsey hit tight end Robert Royal for a five-yard TD with 6:44 to go. Ramsey, who threw
for 158 yards with 2 interceptions, was 7-of-7 during the
The 41-year-old Testaverde played the entire game, despite hints
that second-year man Tony Romo would get some playing time. He
was 23-of-39 for 234 yards with one interception in the end zone
by cornerback Shawn Springs that drew the ire of Cowboys' fans.
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