Wide receiver Pierre Garcon has grown accustomed by now to having his play be a lonely bright spot in a miserable Washington Redskins season.

Such was the case again Sunday. The Redskins wasted a nine-point, fourth-quarter lead and lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 24-23. But Garcon had 11 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown and broke Art Monk’s team record for receptions in a season.

“It’s pretty cool,” Garcon said. “But with the season going on … it’s very hard to celebrate anything right now.”

Garcon, in his second season with the Redskins, has 107 catches. Art Monk, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, had 106 catches for the Redskins in 1984.

“I’m excited for him,” Monk said in a conference call Sunday evening. “It’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often. So whenever you have an opportunity to set a record in the NFL or on a team, it’s a great opportunity. Having set the record myself, I understand how exciting it is. So I’m excited for him. Records are meant to be broken. I didn’t expect to have it as long as I had it. But I’m glad the pressure is off of me now and he has the opportunity to step forward and get all the praise and the glory for it.”

Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon runs past Ernie Sims with one of his 107 receptions this season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon runs past Ernie Sims with one of his 107 receptions this season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Garcon was targeted 18 times Sunday by Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and teammates, he said, alerted him about his proximity to Monk’s record.

“When you believe in yourself, you know you can do things,” Garcon said. “The records are always meant to be broken. You just continue to play. But I knew I could play. I’m just happy I’m in the league and happy to make plays and just happy to be out there every day.”

Garcon was dour, as always, in the aftermath of a Redskins’ defeat.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I play hard so I give it all I’ve got. And if we don’t win, there’s nothing to be that excited about. … We had them and then we let it go. So it’s been happening a lot this year. But it’s the Cowboys so it hurts a little more. But after a while we’ll just keep battling. … Same result. Same story. Same answers.”

But he said he spoke briefly Sunday to former Redskins quarterback Doug Williams and he did take a measure of pride, he acknowledged, in topping Monk’s record.

“It’s cool,” Garcon said. “I’m not gonna lie about that, to be up there with Art Monk and those guys. Seeing Doug Williams today, it’s pretty cool. But there’s still a lot more that I can do and I want to do and will try to continue to do throughout my career here. So, you know, it’s just football.”

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What’s ahead:

●  Mike Shanahan speaks with reporters Monday at 3 p.m.; The season finale is in New York at 1 p.m. against the Giants.

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