Being a lifelong Cowboys fan, it is not that often that I have any empathy at all for a Dallas opponent. But, after this game, I felt horrible for Washington signal caller Kirk Cousins. He was amazing in this game and deserved a better fate. Not only did he throw for 481 yards and four scores, but, he also ran for one touchdown.
But, it was what happened at the end of the game that garners my sympathy.
With 8:15 left in the fourth quarter, Cowboys’ QB, Dak Prescott, hit Jason Witten for a TD that put Dallas up 34-21. But, Cousins marched the ‘Skins 75 yards in 4:45, hitting Jordan Reed with a 10-yard TD pass, cutting the lead to six points. There were three minutes and thirty seconds left in the game.
Washington elected to kick the ball deep, and Dallas was able to pick up two first downs, crossing midfield before their drive stalled. But, the Redskins had to burn all three of their timeouts in the process. Chris Jones, the Cowboys’ punter, nailed a beauty, with Dallas downing the ball at the Washington 5 yard line.
So, here comes Cousins. He has 1:23 left in the game and no timeouts, and he’s 95 yards away from the Dallas end zone. No problem.
On first down he hits DeSean Jackson for 52 yards to the Dallas 43. After a spike to stop the clock, he connects with Vernon Davis for 14 to the Cowboy’s 29. One more spike to kill the clock, and then he finds Pierre Garcon behind the Dallas secondary for a 29 yard game-tying touchdown pass, Garcon’s third of the day!
But Cousins could not kick the extra point . . . and, apparently, neither could Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins, who missed the game winning PAT, sending it into overtime where the Cowboys got a Dan Bailey field goal on their first possession and Cousins’ magic finally ran out.
Absolutely amazing!! And games like this are a great reminder of just why we play APBA Football!