2-10-WAS 24 (5:48) (Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell pass to 47-C.Cooley to WAS 38 for 14 yards (26-A.Glenn).
This was an improvised play that got the drive started. Dallas had kicked a field goal that looked like the nail in the coffin at 13-0. Brunell had some time, but nobody was open. He scrambled to his right and Cooley, who was staying in on pass protection, took off with him. Brunell made an awkward but accurate throw to Cooley who caught it about eight yards downfield and easily got the first down______________________________________________
3-27-WAS 21 (4:48) (Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell to WAS 46 for 25 yards (29-K.Davis).
This one has received some attention, of course. The Redskins drive was in grave danger after Roy Williams sacked Brunell to make it third and 27. The Redskins kept seven back to block, but nobody was open and Brunell took off, looking for open ground. He eluded an attempted tackle after he'd picked up about 12, leaving some defensive back looking pretty foolish laid out on the ground. He dove—sort of flopped forward, actually—for the last few yards to set up fourth and two.___________________________________________
4-2-WAS 46(4:18) 8-M.Brunell pass to 83-J.Thrash pushed ob at DAL 34 for 20 yards (29-K.Davis). Pass complete left flat.
They took a time out after the scramble since it wouldn't have any meaning unless they got the last couple of yards. Thrash went in motion from right to left and CB Terence Newman followed him across the formation. However, Newman blitzed on the play, leaving Thrash unattended. Williams was in Brunell's face as he floated the ball out to Thrash, who gathered it in a couple of yards past the first down marker. As the entire area had been vacated by the blitz, Thrash had all kinds of running room and nobody was anywhere near him until Davis knocked him out of bounds.______________________________________________
4-15-DAL 39 (3:55) (Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell pass to 89-S.Moss for 39 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
What followed three plays later was the first TD bomb to Moss, on fourth down. I do think that the Dallas defense was surprised both by the aggressive nature of the call—the Washington offense, to that point, had barely extended itself beyond wherever the current first-down marker was—and by Brunell's ability to throw it that far with accuracy. He was just inside the 50 when he launched it and Moss was a good seven yards deep in the end zone, at the top of the "Y" in Cowboys painted there. Moss and the ball got there at the same time and it was 13-7.________________________________________________
3-8-DAL 46 (3:17) (Shotgun) 11-D.Bledsoe pass to 19-K.Johnson to WAS 37 for 17 yards (41-M.Bowen). PENALTY on DAL-76-F.Adams, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at DAL 46 - No Play.
I can't figure out why Madden and some other Dallas fans (no, not a slip there) have a problem with this call, which Al Michaels said was "dubious". Phillip Daniels put an ouside move on Adams and would have at least altered the pass, maybe would have gotten the sack, had Adams not hooked his arm around his shoulder pad and ridden him past Bledsoe. Good call, right in front of the referee in clear view. That's a hold every time and it killed a key third-down conversion._____________________________________________
3-18-DAL 36 (3:07) (Shotgun) 11-D.Bledsoe pass to 82-J.Witten to DAL 49 for 13 yards (27-W.Harris). Timeout #3 by WAS at 02:59.
The Redskins showed blitz but backed up into a soft zone. Harris made a sure tackle and, if he missed, Matt Bowen was there to finish it off well short of the first down.
1-10-WAS 30 (2:44) (Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell pass to 89-S.Moss for 70 yards, TOUCHDOWN.___________________________________________
No fourth-down conversions needed here. Two plays, both on first down, 17 seconds, 80 yards. First Portis caught a swing pass and got out of bounds for 10 yards and a first down. It was then that the ABC cameras found Daniel Snyder in the box at Texas Stadium, looking disgusted. Then Brunell dropped back, stepped up in the pocket and launched it to Moss. Again, the ball traveled over 50 yards in the air with deadly accuracy. Again Moss had a step on the cornerback and the safety. And again Moss made the catch, this time at about the Dallas 23 and easily ran in for the touchdown._____________________________________________
3-N.Novak kicks 62 yards from WAS 35 to DAL 3. 28-T.Thompson pushed ob at WAS 48 for 49 yards (3-N.Novak).
Novak was playing in his first NFL game here, but he made a veteran play here, first staying back to act as the safety and then not trying to make a big hit but knowing that the sideline never missed a tackle he nudged Thompson out of bounds._______________________________________________
3-4-WAS 42 (1:57) (Shotgun) 11-D.Bledsoe pass incomplete to 84-P.Crayton (21-S.Taylor).
Crayton got his hands on the ball less than a yard shy of the first down marker. At the time, Taylor was about five yards away and already had a full head of steam as he zoned in on Crayton. The receiver was right at the first down marker when Taylor blasted him, dislodging the ball. It appeared that the play at least warranted a look by the replay guys upstairs as it looked like Crayton made a catch and fumbled._______________________________________________
4-4-WAS 42 (1:53) (Shotgun) 11-D.Bledsoe pass to 83-T.Glenn to WAS 39 for 3 yards (27-W.Harris).
Why you throw to a receiver who's running parallel to the line of scrimmage a good yard shy of the first-down marker is beyond me. Walt Harris made sure that Bledsoe's team paid for his error in judgment by putting a sure tackle on Terry Glenn to end the Cowboys' last realistic hope of pulling it out.