The Cowboys sacked Griffin to force a punt. But Jackson grabbed a lob by Romo that was headed for Dallas tailback DeMarco Murray. That set up Morris’s one-yard touchdown plunge with 1:09 to go, after a roughing-the-passer penalty on Dallas defensive tackle Jason Hatcher kept the Redskins’ drive going. Morris reached the ball across the goal line just before it was knocked from his hands.
Romo’s big-game mettle has been questioned regularly in recent seasons, and his two early interceptions Sunday night seemed to put him in position to be blamed for another Cowboys disappointment. Dallas took over at the Redskins 27-yard line for its opening possession of the game after a 28-yard punt return by Harris. But on third down from the 25, Romo’s throw sailed high over the head of Ogletree and landed in the hands of Redskins rookie cornerback Richard Crawford for Romo’s first interception of the evening.
Romo’s second gaffe came the next time Dallas had the ball. The Cowboys drove near midfield, but Romo’s deep throw for wideout Miles Austin fell short and was intercepted by Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson.
The Redskins were faring no better on offense, though. Morris was finding running room en route to amassing 92 first-half rushing yards, but Griffin and his receivers weren’t operating at their usual efficiency. Even Forbath, who’d connected on his first 17 field goal attempts with the team, showed he’s fallible, sending a 37-yard kick off the right upright to end the Redskins’ second possession.
The Cowboys broke through in the second quarter when Romo teamed with Witten for a nine-yard touchdown. The Redskins sent only three pass rushers after Romo on a third-and-goal play. Romo held the ball for what seemed like an eternity in the pocket, then moved forward and zipped a pass to Witten in the middle of the end zone near Redskins linebacker Perry Riley. The Redskins were left pleading in vain with the officials that the play clock had expired before Dallas snapped the ball and the Cowboys should have been given a delay-of-game penalty that would have nullified the touchdown.
The Redskins had an immediate response, driving to Morris’s 17-yard touchdown dash.
They moved ahead in the third quarter on Griffin’s 10-yard touchdown run. He faked a handoff to Morris, sprinted to his left and used a block by wide receiver Pierre Garcon to get into the corner of the end zone. The Cowboys moved to the Redskins 30-yard line but their drive stalled there, and they had to settle for Bailey’s field goal. Morris followed with his second touchdown, taking a pitchout to his left and then cutting back to his right to find a seam in the Dallas defense.