Still, all games have those hidden plays that can be forgotten, but end up playing a huge factor in the outcome. Here are a handful that changed this game:
1. Morris For No Gain – After the Cowboys marched the opening kickoff down the field for a quick score, the Redskins were on the move themselves. It was second-and-goal from the nine-yard line after Robert Griffin III misfired his first-down pass to Alfred Morris, who got the ball on the next play. But the Cowboys stuffed him for no gain, forcing third down. That’s a down that the Redskins like to run RGIII on a quarterback draw, which they did again. But he was still nine yards away and managed just seven before
2. Ruling on Webb’s Contact – The Cowboys appeared to catch a break from the NFL rulebook.
3. Church & Carr Can’t Grab It – Ok, so I thought it would be too easy to list the illegal motion penalty that forced Washington to re-kick, which was returned by Dwayne Harris for an 86-yard score. But how about the play before?
4. Beasley For 14 – Momentum was swinging in Washington’s favor until a missed field goal by Kai Forbath early in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys were struggling to move the ball, but they went to
5. Holding on Lichtensteiger – The sack, forced fumble and recovery by Kyle Wilber ultimately won the game for the Cowboys, but the play before was just as big. A holding call on guard Kory Lichtensteiger pushed the Redskins back 10 more yards to the 11, which put even more pressure on RGIII and the Washington offense to get out of the hole. It allowed Wilber to pin his ears back and attack, which resulted in the game-changing play.