Not even Tony Romo’s late reappearance could help the Dallas Cowboys keep their winning streak alive.
The Washington Redskins came away with a 20-17 overtime victory Monday night, led by quarterback Colt McCoy, who made his first start of the season.
Washington’s third string quarterback was 25 of 30 on the night and threw for 299 yards, He made some mistakes early on, but did enough to give his team their first NFC East win since beating Dallas in 2012.
“I was a little shaky early on, but I felt like at halftime I came out and just got a whole lot better.” McCoy said.
After ending regulation tied at 17, McCoy led Washington down the field in overtime, where Kai Forbath eventually kicked the game winning 40 yard field goal.
The Cowboys had their chance after that, but couldn’t get a first down, sealing the win for Washington. Coach Jay Gruden is happy with the road victory, but knows there is still a lot of football to be played.
“It’s a great team win, to get a win on the road,” said Gruden, “but the fact of the matter is, we’re still 3-5 and we have a long way to go.”
Both teams looked a little messy in the first half, with Washington and Dallas both giving up turnovers. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says his team couldn’t past the turnovers early in the game.
“The fumbles early on hurt us. Any time you give the ball up, you obviously eliminate an opportunity to score yourselves,” Garrett said. “There aren’t that many drives in the game. Those two turnovers early hurt us.”
Both teams looked better in the second half, but in the third quarter Romo left the field after a sack by Washington’s Keenan Robinson with an apparent back injury. He came back with 1:52 remaining in regulation, despite still being in pain.
“It was obviously pain, but I also felt like I could deal with it,” Romo said. “I’ve done that before and you just have to play football.”
Garrett said after the game Romo had a back contusion and his x-rays were negative.
Romo’s comeback wasn’t enough to give Dallas the win, and the Cowboys are now 6-2 on the year.
The loss ends the Cowboy’s six game win streak. Next, Dallas heads to Glendale to take on the Arizona Cardinals Sunday.
Meanwhile, Washington also hits the road Sunday to face the Minnesota Vikings.
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