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Redskins at Cowboys game day: Dallas makes Washington pay for missed chances in 31-26 win – Washington Post

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This was the place to discuss the game all day with fellow fans. Updates here are infrequent, but are constant on the live blog during the game.

Postgame
Here are links to everything we wrote tonight, including on the other two NFL games. We’ll see you next for the Dec. 4 game at Arizona.

Redskins squander chances, and Cowboys make them pay

● Brewer: Gruden has to shoulder the blame for this loss

● Jenkins: Redskins show they aren’t in Cowboys’ weight class

● Norman and Bryant trade barbs during and well after the game

● Bog: Best and worst moments from Thanksgiving Day loss

Reed shakes off injured shoulder, makes second-half impact

Elsewhere on Thanksgiving Day:

A year after cleaning house, the Lions are in first place

Steelers are revitalized after beating Luck-less Colts

Final
Dallas is able to run out the clock for its 10th straight win. We’ll share all the links to our coverage here as soon as we have them.

Fourth quarter, 1:51
Washington methodically worked its way down the field and got another Kirk Cousins-to-Jordan Reed touchdown throw to make it 31-26, just inside the two-minute warning. Washington again failed to corral an onside kick though.

Cousins is 41 of 53 for 449 yards right now.

Fourth quarter, 6:29
Washington quickly got back into the game with a 67-yard touchdown heave to DeSean Jackson, but Dallas answered with another touchdown on a drive that featured penalties on both teams and another one waved off. Ultimately, Dak Prescott completed a pass to Dez Bryant with Kendall Fuller in coverage, setting up an Ezekiel Elliott TD. It’s 31-19.

Fourth quarter, 10:49
Dallas answers with a seven-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that makes it 24-12, and makes Washington really regret all the points it has left out there. The Redskins are outgaining Dallas, 350-294, but the Cowboys have three times put together six- or seven-play touchdown drives with little resistance.

Fourth quarter, 14:54
Jordan Reed left during the first half with a shoulder injury, but he came back in, caught the below pass and then added a touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth quarter to make the score 17-12. Kirk Cousins was intercepted by Sean Lee on the two-point conversion pass, which prevented Washington from closing the gap to just a field goal.

Here’s another look at the catch:

Halftime stats
The total yardage disparity illustrates what kind of half this has been for Washington. It’s had four possessions, zero punts, four field goal attempts and six points. The Redskins are outgaining the Cowboys, 240-170, almost all of those yards through the air. (Dallas is outrushing Washington, 88-24.) The Cowboys did score on a short 45-yard drive, but are still being outgained. But their defense is tightening up in the red zone, and Washington is hit or miss on its kicks.

Neither team has a turnover. Dallas, with its one three and out, has the game’s only punt so far.

Kirk Cousins is 18 of 26 for 216 yards and no interceptions in the first half. Dak Prescott is 9-of-14 passing, for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Second quarter, 0:07 left
Vernon Davis squeezed past Orlando Scandrick along the sideline to get a first down on third and 10, and Washington scored just before halftime to narrow Dallas’s lead. After Davis gained 12 yards, Maurice Harris held on despite a big hit by J.J. Wilcox for a catch over the middle, and DeSean Jackson got the Redskins inside the 10-yard line again inside the final minute. After a timeout with 11 seconds left in the half, Kirk Cousins threw incomplete to Pierre Garcon and Washington settled for a 20-yard Dustin Hopkins field goal and a 17-6 halftime score.

Second quarter, 1:45
After giving dallas a short field following the long field goal miss, Dak Prescott found Terrance Williams in the front corner of the end zone from 10 yards out late in the half. The teams are nearly even in total yards, 172-167, but Dallas leads 17-3. A Fox graphic pointed out that Washington hasn’t trailed by 14 points since Week 1.

Here’s Williams’s catch:

Second quarter, 3:51
Kirk Cousins hit a long pass to Pierre Garcon to set up another Dustin Hopkins field goal attempt, but he missed it, from 55 yards. AT&T Stadium is indoors, so weather isn’t a factor, although sunlight does shine through the roof.

Second quarter, 7:57
Dallas extends its lead on a 12-play drive on which Dak Prescott missed a wide-open wide receiver streaking toward the end zone, and Redskins safety Duke Ihenacho dropped an interception on third down. Dan Bailey kicked a 46-yard field goal the next play; So that’s six points Washington left out there, including the Hopkins missed field goal.

Washington drove down the field easily on its first two possessions, but an early-season bugaboo reared its head: not finishing drives. That probably happens from time to time for any offense, but the struggles are magnified when the team is trailing in a game, and has had this issue before.

Washington gained 55 yards on its first drive, but a Ty Nsekhe holding penalty helped lead to a 43-yard field goal attempt, which Hopkins missed. On their second drive, they drove 75 yards to the 5-yard line, but only got a 24-yard Hopkins field goal.

Kirk Cousins is already 9 of 12 for 114 yards passing, but leaving the points out there might end up hurting.

Second quarter, 14:04
After the Cowboys opened the scoring, Washington had a 10-play drive end with a missed Hopkins 43-yard field goal attempt. After a Dallas three and out, Washington got the ball back with 3:14 left in the opening quarter and quickly drove into the red zone, on the strength of a 38-yard completion to Jamison Crowder and a 22-yarder to Vernon Davis. But from the five, Washington wasn’t able to punch it in, and settled or another field goal attempt. Hopkins made it from 24 yards out. On the third down play from the 5-yard line, Redskins tight end Jordan Reed went down hard as well.

Although Washington is trailing, there’s this:

First quarter, 11:09
Dallas went 75 yards in seven plays, mostly on the ground, in the first four minutes of the game. Looks like it’s going to be a long day, but let’s see how Washington bounces back. Sometimes defenses adjust after the first drive and play well the rest of the way. Or maybe we’ll get both offenses putting on a Thanksgiving shootout.

We’re underway
Dallas has the ball first. Live stats are above, and so is the link to the live blog

Inactives
One-time starting running back Matt Jones is again the most prominent name on Washington’s list of inactive players. Long snapper Nick Sundberg is injured and will be replaced by Rick Lovato for a second consecutive game, and wide receiver Rashad Ross is also on the list.

Intro
Even in this
shortest of turnarounds, there’s been no shortage of buildup for this game: The rivalry is back. This is even better than the 2012 Thanksgiving clash in Dallas. Kirk is the man. Dak is the man too, not Tony. These Cowboys resemble the ones from the ’90s. Don’t tell the Redskins what they can’t do.

Both teams are coming in hot — Dallas winners of nine straight, with only a one-point season-opening loss, and Washington 6-1-1 since an 0-2 start. The teams met in Week 2 and the Redskins had Dallas on the ropes before an end-zone interception thrown by Cousins; Prescott then led his first game-winning drive.

The teams are different now, better maybe. All that hype is a lot to take in. Makes you wonder when you’ll even have time to serve Thanksgiving dinner. (We asked folks when they were eating, here.)

Here’s everything you need to know to get you prepped for this one:

The basics:
Washington Redskins (6-3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (9-1)
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. ET at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Tex.
TV: Fox, Ch. 5, 45
Radio: 980 AM; 92.7 and 94.3 FM.
SiriusXM: SIRI 83 or 88, internet 808.
Streaming: Fox Sports Go | NFL MobileReddit NFL streaming thread
Line: Cowboys by 7, o/u 52.
Box score: Updates every 60 seconds here.
Redskins roster | Depth chart | Injury report
Cowboys roster | Depth chart | Injury report
All Insider posts leading up to the Cowboys game
Stats, Inc. game preview
NFL Week 12 schedule & scores
Twitter: @MikeJonesWaPo@lizclarketweet@MasterTes@JerryBrewer, @sallyjenx@Insider

Pregame reading
The big difference between Thanksgiving 2012 in Dallas and 2016? Kirk Cousins.
Washington doesn’t need to spark a miracle run from 3-6 to the playoffs. They just need their quarterback to continue impressing.

Brewer: Think they can’t? This season, Redskins keep showing they can
Can’t win on the road. Can’t recover when their depth is tested. Can’t win a big game in prime time. Can’t find a stable, productive quarterback. Can’t beat teams with winning records. They’ve done all that, so why can’t they win at Dallas?

The Cowboys’ dominant roster was sculpted from Dallas’s dynastic past
Since the Cowboys last won the Super Bowl 21 seasons ago, they have won just three playoff games. But Dallas is back, built through impeccable drafting, using the same guiding principle Jerry Jones saw as the key to his first great run.

PFF: The hidden crack that could derail the Cowboys’ Super Bowl bid
The front seven ranks among the league’s worst, and it’s an issue significant enough that it could wind up interfering with a potential championship run.

Redskins’ playoff hopes ride on their defense slowing the Cowboys
The 9-1 Dallas team seems unstoppable behind rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.

The Thanksgiving lineup could go a long way in determining NFL’s playoff teams
Thursday will mark the first time since 1935 where all teams involved have a record of .500 or better.

Previews: Sizing up the Cowboys | Key matchups | Story lines | Game-day notes

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