LANDOVER, Md. – A perfect day for the Washington Redskins would include a complete, start-to-finish, no-let-up humiliation of the Dallas Cowboys. Make it a game that puts the playoffs within serious reach, and you’ve got sheer nirvana.
From the raucous pregame chants of “We Want Dallas” to the seven sacks, four turnovers and four touchdown passes, the celebration never stopped in Sunday’s 35-7 blowout, Washington’s most one-sided victory in the 45-year history of the rivalry.
“We’ve got a lot of Dallas fans, even in D.C.,” Washington defensive end Renaldo Wynn said. “I’ve been here four years, and I’ve just been getting sick and tired of hearing about it, what they’re going to do. So you don’t even know how enjoyable it was for us to get this win and get a sweep. It hadn’t happened since ‘95. It’s unbelievable. It’s something I’ll definitely remember.”
The Cowboys’ first play from scrimmage was a pass tipped by Phillip Daniels and intercepted by Cornelius Griffin. The rest of the game was more of the same. Daniels finished with four sacks and a fumble recovery, Marcus Washington had two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble, Chris Cooley caught three of Mark Brunell’s four touchdown passes, and Clinton Portis ran for 112 yards.
The score was 28-0 at halftime, with the Redskins scoring on drives of four, eight, two and two plays. They capitalized off two interceptions, a bad punt and a long pass to Santana Moss that brought back memories of his two fourth-quarter touchdown catches in the stunning 14-13 win over the Cowboys on a Monday night in Week 2.
“People kept saying it was a fluke that first game,” Daniels said. “I think we showed today it was no fluke.”
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