Cowboys To Play For Division Title
POSTED: Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 10:05pm
UPDATED: Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 10:12pm
(El Paso) — It all comes down to one game. One game between the Cowboys and Eagles with the loser going home and the winner hosting a first round playoff game.
Dallas beat Washington 24-23 thanks to a game winning touchdown drive out of Tony Romo.
If the season comes down to one game, Sunday's contest came down to one play. Facing a fourth and goal, Romo scrambled and found DeMarco Murray who used momentum to enter the endzone for the winning score with 1:08 remaining.
It marked the 23rd time since 2006 that Romo has led the Cowboys on a game winning drive in the fourth quarter. Only Payton Manning has more game winning drives with 25.
Romo, who injured his back and will undergo and MRI on Monday, completed 17 of 27 attempts for two touchdowns with one interception.
The win sets up a Sunday night encounter between Dallas and Philadelphia on NBC NewsChannel 9. The victor with host a first round playoff game while the loser will miss the postseason.
Mike Shanahan, Head Coach, Washington Redskins :
"That type of game is a really tough one. Our players played extremely hard. Anytime you have a game like that and you can't find a way to get it done, especially against Dallas, uh you just look back at your opportunities, and you're very disappointed that didn't take advantage of them...We had a couple of opportunities to get them out on third down and they kept the drives going, even at the end on fourth and ten. You know, they took advantage of some opportunities that we gave them. And they capitalized on 3rd and 4th down...A lot of guys, all they want to do is run. Romo's done a great job of focusing down the field and if that's not there, he'll dump it like he did on the last play for the touchdown or at the last second if nobody's open he's really disciplined, you know he'll run for five or six yards. He won't beat you running but he's got a way of making a lot of big plays scrambling...Our football team, even though they are very disappointed, will be ready for the Giants. I'll address all those other things that we've talked about over the last few weeks. After I talk to Dan and we'll go from there.
London Fletcher, Linebacker, Washington Redskins: "This was the last time that I get to wear the burgundy and gold in front of the fans here. So you know, next week it will be emotional, but I think um that this one was more emotional because I got to play in front of the home crowd."
Jason Garrett, Head Coach, Dallas Cowboys:
"Our guys just scratched, clawed, fought individually, collectively within a group, across the groups. Units picking each others up. And that's what this thing is all about. It's about will. It's about belief. It's about determination. And I think we showed a lot of that today. You have to give guys a chance to wiggle free and Tony was able to do that. Demarco did a great job of giving him and throw and getting into the end zone."
Tony Romo, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys:
"That felt like an elimination game for us. And obviously leading up to it we needed win this football game. And as a playoff game, guys kept having belief and we came out on top. So that was good to see..Yeah, obviously the last one we didn't expect to be in that situation. But give Washington credit. They did a good job pushing us back. You know, I'm just glad we had an opportunity."