Around The Water Cooler: Redskins Drop Cowboys To Claim NFC East Title

12.31.2012 / Blog Posts Redskins

Andrew Walker

Go crazy, Redskins fans. Your team is NFCEast champions.

The Washington Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 28-18, Sunday Night at FedExField to claim their first NFC East title since 1999 — while sending the rival Cowboys home for good in the process. Washington (10-6), a winner of seven straight, will play host to the Seattle Seahawks at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at FedExField in the first round of the playoffs.

The Redskins won Sunday night with a key performance from rookie running back Alfred Morris, who also broke Clinton Portis’ single-season Redskins’ rushing record in the third quarter. Morris finished his day with 33 carries for 200 yards and three touchdowns, and now has 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season.

His best play of the night came in the fourth quarter with Washington leading 14-10. Morris took the pitch from quarterback Robert Griffin III and headed to his left as the offensive front blocked the play to perfection. After getting about five yards, Morris took a cut upfield — making at least five Cowboys defenders miss in the process — and sprinted 32 yards virtually untouched into the end zone.

They say that a great running game and defense is a quarterback’s best friend, so it comes as no surprise that it was the Redskins’ defense that also came up huge Sunday night against the Cowboys.

It forced three turnovers — all three of which were Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo interceptions. Romo threw two interceptions in the first half alone to cornerbacks Richard Crawford and Josh Wilson, but the stinger came in the fourth quarter with Dallas trailing 21-18 and on a drive that could’ve potentially seen the Cowboys tie the game or take the lead.

On the second play of that drive, Romo tried to throw a lofting swing pass to his halfback, DeMarco Murray. The pass was read beautifully by outside linebacker Rob Jackson, who got position on Murray and snagged the ball out of the air, coming down with it at the Dallas 27-yard line.

The Redskins would score a few plays later with — who else — Morris on a 1-yard run into the end zone to seal the victory.

What an exciting time to be a Redskins fan. The team has a great mesh of young talent and veteran leadership, and head coach Mike Shanahan has done a terrific job fielding a team of high-character guys that a passionate fan base can rally around.

Sunday night's win, however, was just the first of many goals this Redskins team wants to accomplish. The road back to the Super Bowl begins on Sunday vs. the Seahawks.

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