Redskins and Cowboys in dramatic wins

Sun Dec 9, 2012 9:12pm EST
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By Julian Linden

(Reuters) - The Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys both came back from the brink of defeat to win their National Football League games on Sunday and stay in contention for the playoffs as the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers flexed their muscles.

On a roller-coaster Week 14, full of drama and upsets, the Redskins beat the Baltimore Ravens 31-28 in overtime despite losing star rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III to a knee sprain in the final quarter.

The Cowboys, still mourning the death of linebacker Jerry Brown who was killed in a car crash on Saturday, kicked a field goal as time expired to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-19 in Ohio.

The Giants, last season's Super Bowl champions, romped up their highest score in more than a quarter of a century to hammer the New Orleans Saints 52-27.

The Seattle Seahawks crushed the Arizona Cardinals 58-0, one of the biggest wins in NFL history.

The Atlanta Falcons suffered a shock 30-20 loss, only their second of the season, to the struggling Carolina Panthers, while the Indianapolis Colts inched closer to booking a spot in the postseason with a 27-23 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

The Ravens (9-4) were on the verge of clinching their spot and the AFC North division when they led the Redskins 28-20 with 30 seconds to go and dangerman Griffin out of the game.

But Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon, then ran for the two-point conversion to force overtime.   Continued...

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant runs in for the touchdown ahead of Cincinnati Bengals' Reggie Nelson (L) during the second half of play in their NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 9, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II