It a loss that could only be described as "unthinkable" before kickoff, Redskins' head coach Joe Gibbs completed a sweep over fellow coach Bill Parcells in resounding fashion Sunday at Fed Ex Field.
Mark Brunell passed for four touchdowns, including three to
tight end Chris Cooley, and defensive end Phillip Daniels
recorded four sacks as the Washington Redskins rolled to a 35-7
win over the Dallas Cowboys.
It was the largest margin of victory for the Redskins (8-6)
against their bitter NFC East rivals and marked the first time
they completed a sweep of the season series since 1995.
The Cowboys (8-6) had dominated the rivalry, winning 14 of 15
meetings before the Redskins rallied for a stunning 14-13
victory at Dallas on September 19 as Brunell hit Santana Moss
with scoring passes of 39 and 70 yards in the final four
This time, the Redskins clearly proved they were the superior
team, dominating both sides of the line of scrimmage. Led by
Daniels, the Redskins sacked Drew Bledsoe seven times and forced
the veteran quarterback to commit four turnovers.
Meanwhile, the Redskins' offensive line kept the Cowboys' pass
rushers away from Brunell, who was not sacked once, and created
holes for Clinton Portis, who rushed for 112 yards on 23
The win moved Washington into a second-place tie with Dallas,
two games behind the first-place New York Giants. The Redskins,
who host the Giants next week, are still alive in the division
race as well as for a wild-card berth and own an 8-2 conference
On Dallas' first play from scrimmage, Daniels deflected a pass
by Bledsoe into the hands of by defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin. Four plays later, Brunell hit Cooley with an
eight-yard touchdown pass with 8:44 left in the first quarter.
Brunell threw three more scoring passes in the second quarter -
two to Cooley for two and 30 yards and a three-yard toss to
fullback Mike Sellers.
Ladell Betts scored on a one-yard run with 10:15 left in the
third quarter to increase Washington's lead to 35-0.
The Cowboys finally scored when Bledsoe hit tight end Jason Witten with a two-yard touchdown pass with 12:10 remaining in
the fourth quarter.
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