Santana Moss provided the Washington Redskins with some much-needed offensive punch that helped buck two remarkable trends.
Moss caught touchdown passes of 39 and 70 yards in the final
four minutes as the Redskins rallied for a 14-13
triumph over the Dallas Cowboys.
Washington (2-0) won for the first time in Texas Stadium since
1995 and handed Dallas coach Bill Parcells his first loss in 78
games when leading by 13 or more points in the fourth quarter.
"This doesn't happen often," Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell
said. "We just tried to hang in there."
Washington, which had not scored a touchdown in its first seven
quarters, were trailing, 13-0, and facing a 4th-and-15 situation
on the Cowboys 39. Brunell ended the TD drought by finding
Moss in the end zone after the speedster split two defenders
with 3:46 left.
"I thought we could do some double moves on these guys and get
them to sit (on corner routes), and that's what they did," Moss
said. "I saw 31 (Dallas safety Roy Williams) coming back there
to try to knock my doors off, but I was just trying to make a
"I had watched them on film. They're aggressive a little bit
with the safety position so I thought that if we could get
behind those guys, those plays could work for us."
Williams blamed himself for letting Moss break free.
"I saw Moss blaze down the seam," Williams said. "I wasn't able
to take the right position. I should have read it faster and
took the proper angle."
Moss said Brunell's 25-yard scramble on 3rd-and-27 from the
Redskins 21 with less than five minutes left inspired the team.
"He was like the Mark Brunell of old," Moss said. "When I saw
him do that, that brought something out of me as a player. (I
thought), 'This guy's doing whatever it takes to make sure we
stay in this game.'"
Dallas (1-1) had a chance to cement the game on the ensuing
drive when Drew Bledsoe hit Keyshawn Johnson with a 17-yard pass
on 3rd-and-7 with 3:17 remaining, but a holding call by tackle
Flozell Adams nullified the play and eventually forced the
Cowboys to punt.
"First down to run the clock out," Parcells said. "We're going
to run the clock out on that pass to Keyshawn, and we get a
penalty. That's what happened. And then they still had to
score again. We had three chances to close it, and we didn't."
Acquired in the offseason from the Jets for his big-play
ability, Moss burned the Cowboys again with his 70-yard effort
with 2:35 to play. He finished with five catches for 159 yards.
"We're fortunate because we got behind the safeties on those two
big plays," Brunell said. "Both routes were post routes and
Santana's got a lot of speed. We knew we needed some plays
because they were stuffing us."
Dallas had two more possessions but failed to mount any offense.
The Cowboys dominated most of the contest and flustered Brunell,
who completed 20-of-34 passes for 291 yards and also threw an
"It obviously wasn't pretty," Brunell said. "We tried to
establish the running game early and didn't do that, and the
passing game was sloppy. It shows we have a lot of work to do,
but to get those two big plays at the end is huge for this
Bledsoe was 21-of-36 for 261 yards, with 70 coming on a perfectly
executed flea-flicker to Terry Glenn that gave Dallas a 10-0
lead with 12:51 to go in the third.
It was the longest scoring pass play by the Cowboys since Quincy
Carter hit Antonio Bryant for a 78-yard TD pass at Arizona in
"It's a tough way to lose," Bledsoe said. "We had the
opportunities offensively to end the game."
Washington coach Joe Gibbs, who called the late heroics one of
his greatest sports moments, said the game could be a turning
point for his team.
"It's hard to put this win into words," he said.
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