Gallup makes a leaping grab (8:17 third quarter): Gallup’s first touchdown was every bit as impressive as his second, and it came with the game still very much in doubt. On second and goal from the Washington 4-yard line, Dak Prescott faked a handoff to Ezekiel Elliott and bounced around in the pocket before unleashing a pass toward the back left corner of the end zone. Redskins cornerback Aaron Colvin had good coverage on the play, but Gallup out-jumped him and managed to get both feet down for the acrobatic catch.
Jaylon Smith intercepts Case Keenum (12:41 first quarter): Washington’s first possession ended with a turnover. On third and 10 from the Washington 29, Case Keenum dropped back to pass. After pressure from DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn caused him to backpedal, Keenum forced an off-balance throw that was intercepted by Jaylon Smith. The Dallas linebacker’s first career pick gave the Cowboys the ball at the Washington 36. Ten plays later, former Redskins kicker Kai Forbath gave Dallas a 3-0 lead with a short field goal.
Adrian Peterson fumbles (6:43 first quarter): A turnover on the Redskins’ second drive also led directly to Dallas points. On second and five from the Washington 30, Case Keenum completed a pass to Peterson in the left flat. As the running back turned upfield, Cowboys linebacker Malcolm Smith knocked the ball from his grasp. Safety Xavier Woods recovered and returned the ball to the Washington 21. While Washington’s defense stiffened again to keep Dallas out of the end zone, a 47-yard field goal by Forbath gave the Cowboys a 6-0 lead.
Montez Sweat makes a play (14:43 first quarter): Both teams struggled with ball security in the first half. Two plays after the Redskins turned the ball over on downs, Redskins rookie pass rusher Montez Sweat forced a fumble by Dak Prescott that was recovered by Shaun Dion Hamilton at the Dallas 16. After a short run by Adrian Peterson and a pair of incompletions by Case Keenum, Dustin Hopkins made a 31-yard field goal to cut the Cowboys’ lead in half.
Amari Cooper goes up high (12:12 second quarter): On third and nine from their own 36, the Cowboys had what amounted to a free play after Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson was flagged for being offsides at the snap. Dak Prescott took advantage, unleashing a high-arcing pass down the left sideline in the direction of wide receiver Amari Cooper. Despite cornerback Aaron Colvin and safety Kenny Ladler being in position to make a play, Cooper jumped and came down with the ball for a 48-yard gain. A minute later, Prescott connected with Ezekiel Elliott for a 13-yard touchdown and a 13-3 Dallas lead.
Ezekiel Elliott uses his blockers well (3:51 second quarter): Elliott scored his second touchdown of the game in more conventional fashion — on the ground. On second and four from the Washington 33, the Cowboys’ running back took a handoff, bounced outside and scampered into the end zone for his longest run of the season. Dallas left guard Joe Looney made the key block on the play, shoving Redskins rookie linebacker Cole Holcomb to the turf to spring Elliott.
Steven Sims Jr. finds the end zone (0:34 second quarter): The Redskins cut the Cowboys’ lead to 10 just before halftime on a ix-yard touchdown catch by Sims. The rookie wide receiver’s fourth scoring grab in the past three games came two plays after he made a third-down catch to move the chains on a pass that was initially ruled incomplete. Washington’s 10-play, 74-yard scoring drive was sparked by a face-mask penalty on Jaylon Smith on third-and-long.
Cowboys 47, Redskins 16
The Redskins clinched the No. 2 pick in next year’s NFL draft and completed a 3-13 season with a 47-16 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.
- Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup had five catches for 98 yards and three touchdowns, all of them in the second half.
- Starting in place of injured rookie Dwayne Haskins, Redskins quarterback Case Keenum struggled. The veteran was 18 for 37 206 for yards and a touchdown. Steven Sims Jr. led all Washington receivers with five catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.
- Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott finished with 18 carries for 122 yards and two total touchdowns.
- Despite their win, the Cowboys were eliminated from the playoffs as a result of the Eagles’s 34-17 win over the Giants.
Kai Forbath kicks fourth field goal
The Cowboys burned more than eight minutes off the clock with a 15-play drive that culminated in a 40-yard field goal. (Cowboys 47, Redskins 16 with 2:40 left in the 4th quarter)
A hat trick for Michael Gallup
Make it three touchdown grabs for Gallup, all of them in the second half, after he caught a short pass over the middle and outran everyone en route to the end zone for a 45-yard score. (Cowboys 44, Redskins 16 with 12:46 left in the 4th quarter)
Michael Gallup scores again
The Cowboys are pulling away after Gallup’s second touchdown catch of the quarter. On third-and-2 from the Washington 32, Dak Prescott completed a short pass to the second-year wide receiver, who managed to keep his balance after Redskins safety Jeremy Reaves made a diving attempt at a leg tackle. Gallup beat the rest of the Washington secondary down the left sideline. (Cowboys 37, Redskins 16 with 0:52 left in the 3rd quarter)
Kai Forbath remains perfect
The Cowboys’ kicker is 9 for 9 since joining the team this season and 3 for 3 in the game after making a 48-yarder to cap another Dallas scoring drive. (Cowboys 30, Redskins 16 with 4:07 left in the 3rd quarter)
Redskins get three back
With fellow rookie Terry McLaurin out for the game, Steven Sims Jr. is making the most of his opportunity to shine as the Redskins’ No. 1 wide receiver. Sims caught a shallow cross from Case Keenum before putting on the brakes, spinning around to avoid would-be tackler Jourdan Lewis and racing 65 yards to the Cowboys’ 10. Sims’s longest reception of the season set up a 28-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. (Cowboys 27, Redskins 16 with 7:00 left in the 3rd quarter)
Michael Gallup makes leaping touchdown grab
The Cowboys answered the Redskins’ scoring drive with one of their own, as Gallup out-jumped cornerback Aaron Colvin and got both feet down in the back left corner of the end zone for his fourth touchdown of the season. (Cowboys 27, Redskins 13 with 8:17 left in the 3rd quarter)
Dustin Hopkins pulls Redskins closer
The opening drive of the second half culminated in a 42-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. The key plays of the march were a 32-yard run by Adrian Peterson and a 24-yard completion to tight end Hale Hentges. Coming out of the halftime break, Fox reported that Cowboys pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a back injury.
(Cowboys 20, Redskins 13 with 11:54 left in the 3rd quarter)
Cowboys take 20-10 lead into halftime
Case Keenum is 12 for 24 for 96 yards, one touchdown and one interception for Washington, which was outgained 210 yards to 121 in the first half. Dak Prescott is 13 for 19 for 120 yards for Dallas. Ezekiel Elliott has both Cowboys touchdowns, on a 13-yard pass from Prescott and a 33-yard run.
Redskins cut the Cowboys’ lead to 10
The Redskins caught a break on their final drive of the first half, when Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith was flagged for a face mask on third-and-long from deep in Washington territory. Six plays later, Case Keenum found Steven Sims Jr. over the middle for a 6-yard touchdown catch. Two plays before his fourth score in the last three games, Sims made a catch along the sideline for a first down that was initially ruled incomplete, only to be overturned after a booth-initiated replay review. (Cowboys 20, Redskins 10 with 0:34 left in the 2nd quarter)
Ezekiel Elliott extends Cowboys’ lead
Ezekiel Elliott capped a 61-yard drive with a season-long 33-yard touchdown run. Elliott took advantage of a pancake block by offensive lineman Joe Looney on the play and is up to 64 yards rushing on 10 carries. (Cowboys 20, Redskins 3 with 3:50 left in the 2nd quarter)
Redskins fail to capitalize on great field position
After a dominant defensive series by rookie pass rusher Montez Sweat and an ugly, 18-yard punt by Dallas’s Chris Jones, the Redskins’ offense took over in Cowboys territory. Washington turned the ball over on downs four plays later, when Case Keenum’s pass intended for Steven Sims Jr. fell incomplete. Keenum is 6 for 17 for 50 yards and an interception. (Cowboys 13, Redskins 3 with 6:34 left in the 2nd quarter)
Cowboys take a 10-point lead
The Cowboys marched 75 yards on seven plays for the game’s first touchdown, a 13-yard pass from Dak Prescott to Ezekiel Elliott. The big play of the drive was a 48-yard completion to Amari Cooper, who went up between a pair of Redskins defenders to make the grab on what was essentially a free play after Ryan Anderson was flagged for being offsides. (Cowboys 13, Redskins 3 with 11:01 left in the 2nd quarter)
Washington gets on the board after a Cowboys turnover
The Redskins got the ball back after rookie pass rusher Montez Sweat forced a fumble by Dak Prescott that was recovered by Shaun Dion Hamilton at the Dallas 16-yard line. Kelvin Harmon made a leaping catch in the end zone on Washington’s ensuing drive, but couldn’t get both feet down in bounds. The Redskins ultimately settled for a 31-yard Dustin Hopkins field goal. (Cowboys 6, Redskins 0 with 13:37 left in the 2nd quarter)