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Coach Mike Shanahan says takeaways were key

  The Washington Redskins reverted a bit on defense during Thursday’s win in Dallas.
   After a modest string of improved efforts on pass defense, the Redskins yielded 441 passing yards by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. They surrendered 28 points in the second half and had to hold on late to secure their first-ever Thanksgiving Day triumph over the Cowboys, 38-31.
   But the defense did contribute with its three takeaways, interceptions by cornerback DeAngelo Hall and linebacker London Fletcher and a fumble caused by cornerback Josh Wilson and recovered by safety DeJon Gomes.

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

“Turnovers is normally [a key factor for] the teams that win Super Bowls,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said after the game. “If you’re in the playoffs and you’re at the top of the chart in turnovers, you’re usually the Super Bowl champ. If you’re not very good at turnovers, usually you’re not in the playoffs.
   “That’s always our top priority, is turnovers. That’s number one, preventing turnovers — obviously on offense, ball security. On defense, obviously you’ve got to get some, which we did today. I think we had three today, the difference between winning and losing,” Shanahan said.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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