I can't remember a time in my life where I was more nervous for a Redskins' game then I was last night. History has told us that when the division or conference is on the line between the Redskins and Cowboys the Redskins win. However, recent history has told us the Redskins love to rip our collective hearts out.
Last week I wrote that the keys to the Redskins winning the NFC East title was to put quarterback Tony Romo on the ground early and often, they did that, and to shut wide receiver Dez Bryant down, and DeAngelo Hall did that. The rest took care of itself.
I've been racking my brain trying to come up with that "key play" that won the game for the Skins but honestly I don't know what to pick. Could it have been linebacker Rob Jackson's interception late in the 4th quarter, one of running back Alfred Morris's touchdown runs or either of the first two Tony Romo's interceptions. I'm not sure which one to pick but my favorite play of the night was former rugby player turned NFL punter Sav Rocca nearly ripping off Dallas punt returner Dwayne Harris's head in an easily called facemask but one that saved a touchdown and showed that every single Redskins came to FedEx Field to chew bubble gum and kick some ass, the only probably for the Cowboys was that the Redskins ran out of gum.
At the beginning of the season I predicted 9-7 and a possibility at 10-6 with a division title or wild card birth. The team didn't quite do it the way I expected them to but I'll take the result. In fact at my office a couple of Cowboy fans were giving me a little flack over that prediction when we were sitting at 3-6. I proceeded to pull out our schedule (I may or may not carry one around to shut smarmy Dallas fans up) and showed them our remaining games and said "It isn't impossible for the Redskins to run the table against their remaining opponents."
Getting back to the game, in spite of Dallas taking the early 7-0 lead, in spite of a delay of game not being called, I wasn't worried. Usually if we go down early I write the guys off, but I wasn't worried. There was something about the way this team came out to play I knew they'd answer. They did, on the ensuing kick-off Niles Paul had a fantastic return with a beautiful stiff arm to the Cowboy's kicker.
The game was tied going into halftime but the Redskins took the lead off another Alfred Morris touchdown and the Skins never looked back. In spite of all the talk of how poorly the Redskins secondary has been all year they came to play and beat the Cowboys' wide-outs into submission, knocking both Austin Miles and Dez Bryant out of the game and after that the Cowboys were dead in the water.
It was a great night seeing Alfred Morris score four touchdowns with 200 yards and toppling Clinton Portis's single season franchise rushing record.
Next up is the Seattle Seahawks in our first home play-off game since 1999. I'm perfectly happy with our season as is but I would like nothing more then to smack Pete Carol and the Seahawks in the mouth just for old time's sake.
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