The Cowboys led, 31-20, with 9:20 remaining in the fourth quarter when the Redskins punted from their 35. Brian Hansen's punt was fielded by Dallas's Deion Sanders at the Cowboys 30. As the Redskins' punt coverage team converged on Sanders, Dallas's Robert Thomas blocked Mike Sellers, and Dat Nguyen picked up Brian Mitchell, creating a crease for Sanders to run through at the 30-yard line. Sanders sped through the hole, with no Redskin coming close to him until Sam Shade almost angled him out of bounds near the 5. But Sanders ran past Shade into the end zone to put the Cowboys up, 38-20.

Injuries

Redskins players injured yesterday:

CB Tim Denton -- strained hamstring

S Leomont Evans -- bruised hip

LB Kurt Gouveia -- bruised quadriceps

G Tre Johnson -- dislocated finger

LB Greg Jones -- hernia

CB Darryl Pounds -- sprained back

G Keith Sims -- strained right groin, fractured right thumb

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Redskins (4-2) vs. Bears (3-4)

Time: 1 p.m. Sunday.

TV: WTTG-5.

Where: Redskins Stadium.

History: Bears lead series, 21-18-1.

Data: The Bears were ineffective on offense in a 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay yesterday, their second defeat in a row. Cade McNown made his second career start at quarterback, but completed only 9 of 23 passes for 82 yards before being benched in favor of Jim Miller, who led the team on its only scoring drive. Miller completed 10 of 22 passes for 117 yards. WR Curtis Conway, Chicago's main offensive threat, has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle. He will most likely return against Washington. The Redskins haven't lost to the Bears since dropping a 34-14 decision in 1988 and have held Chicago to less than 10 points in each of the past four games.