Dallas Cowboys 27-20 Washington Football Team: Cowboys hold off late Washington comeback to clinch key NFC East win | NFL News

The Cowboys built a 24-0 lead at half time and a 27-8 lead in the final quarter, only for Washington to retire within seven of their opponents thanks to a Cole Holcomb pick-six touchdown. but Dallas held on for the win

Last updated: 21/12/21 23:50

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Watch all the highlights of the week 14 match between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Football Team.


Watch all the highlights of the week 14 match between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Football Team.

The Dallas Cowboys withstood the return of the Washington football team to clinch a decisive 27-20 win against rivals in the NFC East division on Sunday.

Game history

The Cowboys built a 24-0 lead at half time and a 27-8 lead in the final quarter, with their defense – Micah Parsons and Randy Gregory in particular – teeming with Washington’s attack.

Washington starting quarterback Taylor Heinicke had a couple of spells out of play when he took several heavy hits, one of which from Parsons saw him pull out a first quarter fumble that was returned 37 yards by Dorance Armstrong for a score .

Dorance Armstrong returns a Taylor Heinicke fumble for a touchdown for the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter.

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Dorance Armstrong returns a Taylor Heinicke fumble for a touchdown for the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter.

Dorance Armstrong returns a Taylor Heinicke fumble for a touchdown for the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter.

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Early in the first period, a Heinicke interception also helped set up a touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to Amari Cooper from seven yards, with Ezekiel Elliott adding a two-point conversion.

In the second half, Washington finally hit the scoreboard when catcher Cam Sims pulled off a spectacular jump ball for a 43-yard touchdown pass from Heinicke. The football team then stopped Dallas on the next possession, but the Cowboys regained the ball moments later when Jourdan Lewis forced and retrieved an Antonio Gibson fumble to set the fourth and final of Greg Zuerlein’s field goals in the game.

In the fourth quarter, a sack from Neville Gallimore knocked Heinicke out of action with a knee injury. Backup Kyle Allen took over from Washington and headed a late touchdown drive, with Jonathan Williams crossing the goal line with five minutes to go.

Washington was still 13 down, but suddenly that deficit narrowed to seven in 56 seconds when Cole Holcomb knocked out Dak Prescott on the next drive and brought him back 31 yards for the touchdown.

Cole Holcomb with an incredible pick-six interception score for Washington as they threatened a late comeback.

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Cole Holcomb with an incredible pick-six interception score for Washington as they threatened a late comeback.

Cole Holcomb with an incredible pick-six interception score for Washington as they threatened a late comeback.

Washington tried to get the momentum and, after the defense forced a quick three and got out, he recovered the ball with three minutes to go to try and tie the game. But, in 3rd and 3rd, Gregory fired Allen, Jayron Kearse got the ball back, and Dallas ran the rest of the time to get a vital win.

The Cowboys (9-4) not only broke Washington’s four-game winning streak (6-7) but, more importantly, increased their lead in the NFC East divisional run to three games, with only four left of the regular 2021 season.

Leading statistics

cowboy

  • Passes: Dak Prescott, 22/39, 211 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • Run: Ezekiel Elliott, 12 courses, 45 yards
  • Reception: CeeDee Lamb, seven holds, 61 yards
  • Amari Cooper, five tricks, 51 yards, 1 TD
Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott celebrate their first quarter scoring match for the Dallas Cowboys in Washington

Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott celebrate their first quarter scoring match for the Dallas Cowboys in Washington

Washington

  • Passes: Taylor Heinicke, 11/25, 122 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • Kyle Allen, 4/9, 53 yards
  • Rushing: Antonio Gibson, 10 courses, 36 yards
  • Reception: Cam Sims, three holds, 69 yards, 1 TD

Score summary

Score summary

FIRST FOURTH
Cowboy 3-0 Washington Greg Zuerlein 35-yard basket
cowboy 11-0 Washington Dak Prescott TD goes from seven yards to Amari Cooper (two point conversion)
cowboy 18-0 Washington Dorance Armstrong fumble return of 37 yards for TD (extra point)
SECOND FOURTH
cowboy 21-0 Washington Greg Zuerlein 38-yard basket
cowboy 24-0 Washington Greg Zuerlein 37-yard basket
THIRD QUARTER
cowboy 24-8 Washington Taylor Heinicke 43 yard TD passes to Cam Sims (two point conversion)
cowboy 27-8 Washington Greg Zuerlein 29-yard basket
FOURTH FOURTH
cowboy 27-14 Washington Jonathan Williams run one-yard TD (two-point conversion failed)
cowboy 27-20 Washington Cole Holcomb 31-yard interception return for TD (extra point missed)

What’s next?

Washington and Dallas are both facing further NFC East division matches next Sunday, with Washington traveling to Philadelphia to face the Eagles.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, head to New York to take on the Giants as they try to clinch the division title with a win.

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