For nearly three quarters, the Cowboys and Redskins looked like a pair of 5-10 teams just trying to get through the end of a dismal 2004 season.
Dallas led 6-3 with no scoring occurring in the third quarter at all.
But Washington scored the first touchdown of the game with just 6:44 to play when Patrick Ramsay hit Robert Royal for a 6-yard score to give the Redskins a 10-6 lead.
The Cowboys didn't answer the bell immediately. With their next two possessions, the Cowboys were forced to punt and then turned it over on downs with 1:54 left.
But another great defensive stand by the Cowboys gave the offense one more chance. This time, veteran quarterback Vinny Testaverde looked to rookie Patrick Crayton, who hadn't even been targeted all day. But on fourth-and-10 from their own 25, the Cowboys got a 15-yard play to extend the game when Crayton came up with the clutch grab. That ignited a drive that went to Washington's 39, where they faced a third-and-3. This time Testaverde sent Crayton down the right sideline where he beat the defense for a game-winning 39-yard touchdown. The Cowboys had a 13-10 lead with 30 seconds to play.
That was still enough time for Washington to get to the Cowboys' 39 and attempt a 57-yard field goal. But Jeff Chandler's kick to tie was no good, giving the Cowboys their sixth and final win of the game, but gave them another season sweep over the Redskins.