Late Bailey field goal lifts Cowboys over Redskins

Tue Dec 8, 2015 1:42am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassel and wide receiver Dez Bryant both described Dallas' dramatic win over the Washington Redskins on Monday using the word "crazy."

They might as well have been talking about the NFC East race.

Dan Bailey kicked a 54-yard field goal with nine seconds left to cap a furious final two minutes that also included a touchdown by each team, and the Cowboys defeated the Washington Redskins 19-16.

Following a weekend when little went as predicted, the Cowboys (4-8) now find themselves one-game behind the 5-7 Redskins, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.

"It's a crazy game, man. This is a crazy game. We battled and we got the W," said Bryant, later adding, "We've got everything to win and everything to lose. It's right there."

With the score tied at 16-16, the Cowboys' Lucky Whitehead returned a kickoff 45 yards to the Dallas 43 with 37 seconds left. Two completions from Cassel to Bryant picked up 20 yards.

Two incompletions followed, but Bailey's kick was good with a few yards to spare.

"That was one of crazier games I've ever been a part of," Cassel said.

"The emotional roller coaster that you go through is pretty intense, but I thought that the way our team finished and the resilience we showed, it says a lot about the character of this team."   Continued...

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) picks up  kicker Dan Bailey (5) after his game winning field goal  during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins  at FedEx Field. Dallas Cowboys defeated Washington Redskins 19-16. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports