November 27 – The Washington Football Team is leading the NFC East, despite a 4-7 record, after defeating the Dallas Cowboys 41-16 at Thanksgiving.
Washington, who ran back to Antonio Gibson, who won Thursday at AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, made three touchdowns with 115 yards and 20 carries. Washington held Dallas down to a total of 247 yards.
This victory led Washington to second place Philadelphi Eagles in the East NFC area. The Philadelphia Eagles are 3-6-1 but haven’t played in the 12th week of the game yet. The New York Giants (3-7) came in third, with the Cowboys (3-8) last.
“It was great to have the opportunity to play at Thanksgiving,” said Washington quarterback Alex. Smith told reporters. “This rivalry has made it more special. It means getting down and winning as we did.”
Dallas took a 3-0 lead when Greg Zuerlein scored a 33-yard field goal on the second drive of the game. Washington responded with a 12-play, 70-yard touchdown drive. Gibson ran for a five-yard score to end his possession.
The Cowboys replied with a 5-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Quarterback Andy Dalton threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper at the beginning of the second quarter, giving Dallas a 10-7 lead.
Dustin Hopkins scored a 23-yard field goal on his next drive in Washington. Washington took a 17-10 lead when Alex Smith threw a five-yard touchdown pass to tight-end Logan Thomas 2:31 halftime earlier.
Zuerlein cut Washington’s lead 17-13 with a 32-yard field goal. Washington interrupted the match after Hopkins and Zuerlein each scored field goals in the third quarter.
Gibson performed a 23-yard touchdown three minutes after the fourth quarter. He added a rush score of 37 yards on his next possession in Washington. Washington scored the final points of the game when defensive end Monte Sweat intercepted Dalton and scored a 15-yard touchdown return with 3:31 remaining.
Dalton completed 25 out of 35 passes at 215 yards, losing touchdowns and passcuts. Cooper had a score at 112 yards and 6 receptions. The Cowboys, running back to Ezekiel Elliott, lost their fumble in just 32 yards with 10 carries.
Randy Gregory lost two sack.
“We were in this game,” Dalton said. “At the end I got out of hand, but I felt like I was in a good place. I did my best in the first half and everything was right in front of me.
“I couldn’t get it done in the second half and it’s frustrating.”
Washington will fight the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on December 6th at 1:00 pm EST. The Cowboys (3-8) will face Baltimore Ravens at the Baltimore M & T Bank Stadium on Thursday at 8:20 pm EST.
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Washington Football Team defeats Cowboys to lead NFC East
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