In the first 58 minutes and 46 seconds on Monday Night Football, a combined 18 points were scored by the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins – all on field goals. In the final 1 minute and 14 seconds, a combined 17 points were scored – all following crazy sequences on offense, defense and special teams.
In the end, the Cowboys snuck out of Washington with a 19-16 win, this after Dan Bailey drilled a go-ahead 54-yard field goal with nine seconds to go.
“Crazy game,” Dallas linebacker Sean Lee said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “The offense did a great job down the stretch putting us in position to win the game and then Bailey hit an unbelievable kick. He’s a great kicker. He does it all the time for us.”
Washington had tied the game on a 28-yard touchdown reception by DeSean Jackson with 44 seconds to go, but Matt Cassel drove the Cowboys 20 yards in five plays to set up Bailey’s game-winner. Cassel finished 16-of-29 for 222 yards.
“Matt’s done a great job for us,” Lee said. “He came in, he’s worked extremely hard, he’s gotten better and better and we have so much faith in him with the way he plays. He works hard every single week and lays it on the line. He did a great job tonight for us.”
So did Lee, who finished with a game-high 13 tackles.
“I’ve rallied around our defensive line, playing with Rolando McClain,” Lee said. “Our whole defense has gotten better and better throughout the year. We’re still trying to cause more turnovers, but we’re playing good football. The key is to take that next step and find a way to get turnovers. If we can do that, I think we can continue to win.”
Lee and DeMarcus Lawrence combined for four tackles for loss, including three sacks.
“(Those) were huge,” Lee said. “You’ve got to give Coach (Rod) Marinelli credit. He did a great job of dialing up some of those blitzes. We pressured really well tonight and a lot of that is because of schemes he brought out.”
Despite losing eight of their last 10 games, the Cowboys (4-8) are somehow just one game out of first place in the NFC East. They face the Packers (8-4) at Lambeau this Sunday. Dallas lost a divisional playoff game there, 26-21, in January, this after a controversial call nullified what would have been a game-changing catch by Dez Bryant.
“It’s always a great place to play,” Lee said. “It’s one of those things where we’re not going to use an old game to make excuses. We have to go and play a great team with a great quarterback. We have to find a way to win. We got to win one game at a time. We’re lucky to be in the situation we’re in with all the losses we have. So take it one game at a time. We know we got a great team ahead of us and we’re going to prepare the right way.”
Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET.