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12/18/05-Washington

Redskins Rout Cowboys, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

With just two weekends left in the regular season, the Dallas Cowboys needed to win Sunday to help their playoff chances.
The Washington Redskins, were in the same position. When these two rivals met, it was expected to be a hard battle. But in the end, it was all pretty one-sided.
In the first quarter, the Redskins gained the ball after an interception and Mark Brunell hit Chris Cooley for an eight yard touchdown. Washington took the early 7-0 lead.
Dallas had an opportunity to get on the board early on, when Billy Cundiff missed a 38 yard field goal attempt.
The Redskins expanded on their lead when Brunell and Cooley hooked up again making it 14-0 Redskins.
Washington was up 28-0 at the half.
The Redskins had seven sacks and took advantage of four Cowboys turnovers.
Drew Bledsoe had three interceptions and a lost fumble. Dallas finally got on the board in the fourth quarter when Bledsoe connected with Jason Witten.
That made it 35-7 and was the final score. The Redskins sweeping Dallas this season. Coach Bill Parcells was obviously not very pleased after the game.
"We kind of got overwhelmed and made a lot of mistakes," Parcells said. "Very poor, very poor performance. They just outplayed us in every area and we really had no chance to win the game."
Dallas now trails the New York Giants by two games and in Sunday afternoon trailed Tampa Bay and Atlanta in the wild card hunt. Washington and Minnesota have the same record as the Cowboys of 8-6. The Redskins hold the tie breaker.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com
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