Tony Romo is no longer perfect on Thanksgiving. In addition to the Cowboys getting vaporized by Robert Griffin III, Dallas fell to 5-6 and lost on Thanksgiving for the first time in Tony Romo’s career. It was a scintillating performance by the rookie QB for the Redskins, and furthered the notion that a star has been born. RGIII threw for four touchdowns in a dominating performance that put the Cowboys in a hole too deep to overcome. Despite a spirited effort by Dallas, they ultimately fell short and could not overcome 22 and 25 point deficits at different points in the game. Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns of his own, but had two costly interceptions, and Dez Bryant lost a fumble as Dallas was driving early in the game, all of which led to Redskins points.
The Cowboys were the early aggressors, getting after RGIII on defense and driving down the field on offense. They struck first on a field goal, and after the first quarter they had held the Redskins offense in check. The second quarter, though, was one Rob Ryan would like to forget. First, RGIII hit Aldrick Robinson behind the Cowboys defense for a game-changing 68 yard touchdown, setting off a 28-0 run for the Redskins. Griffin also hit Santana Moss and Pierre Garcon, and rookie Alfred Morris ran for a touchdown. The Cowboys, to their credit, did not mail in the rest of the game. After trading touchdowns and a Dan Bailey field goal, the Cowboys were down 35-13. Tony Romo hit Felix Jones and ran in the two point conversion, cutting the deficit to 35-21. After a RGIII interception deep in Washington’s own half, Romo hit Bryant for a second touchdown, and suddenly it was a 35-28 game. With all the momentum on their side, Dallas could have stopped Washington to get the ball back and try to tie the game, but Griffin would not allow it. He led the Redskins on an 11 play, 50 yard drive which took 5 minutes off the clock and ended in a field goal. Dallas got the ball back with 3 minutes left but could only manage a field goal, and their onside kick attempt with 18 seconds left failed, as DeAngelo Hall recovered and ran down to the Cowboys’ one yard line before taking a knee and allowing Washington to run out the clock.
This loss puts Dallas back in a 1.5 game hole with the Giants vs. Packers game pending on Sunday night. While this loss puts a dent in the Cowboys’ playoff hopes, it certainly is not the knockout punch for this team that has shown it is resilient and does not give up. There is, however, cause for concern for Jerry Jones and co. In all of the Dallas home games this year, they have trailed by at least a touchdown at one point in every game. In this one, they fell behind by 25 points in the second quarter and that proved too much to overcome. Dallas once again fell victim to shooting themselves in the foot, committing turnovers and senseless penalties time and time again. Ultimately, they fell victim to another sensational performance by the leading rookie of the year candidate. Up next for Dallas is a Sunday night affair against the visiting and struggling Philadelphia Eagles, as Dallas hopes to get back on track at home.