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Romo leads Cowboys to crucial win in Washington

Landover, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cowboys' obituary hasn't been written just yet.

Dallas rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter and escaped FedEx Field with a season-saving 24-23 victory over the Washington Redskins after Tony Romo threw a touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray with 1:08 remaining.

The comeback was a reversal of the Cowboys' fate last week against Green Bay, a game that saw Dallas blow a 23-point halftime lead.

Romo, who threw two crucial interceptions in the fourth quarter in that loss, shook off the collapse and resurrected the Cowboys (8-7) with a 51-yard bomb to Terrance Williams on the eventual game-winning drive.

It didn't come easily, though, as Murray was knocked back for a 9-yard loss on 3rd-and-goal from the 1, and the Cowboys were down to their final play.

Romo stepped up in the pocket and found Murray alone near the right sideline at the 2-yard line. Murray took a hit at the goal line and spun into the end zone for the deciding score, setting up a winner-take-all regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles next week for the NFC East title.

"I felt like it was an elimination game for us," Romo said. "It was great to see us grind it out and make the plays that needed to be made."

Romo threw for 226 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while Murray carried the ball 22 times for 96 yards and another score.

Washington (3-12) squandered a chance to play spoiler against its division rival and dropped its seventh straight game. Pierre Garcon was Kirk Cousins' favorite target, bringing in 11 passes for 144 yards and a TD.

Cousins finished with 197 yards through the air and also threw an interception, while Alfred Morris chewed up 88 yards on the ground.

"I'm disappointed we couldn't get it done," Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said. "We had a number of opportunities."

Morris barreled in for a 4-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, and Kai Forbath knocked through a 47-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth to give the Redskins a 23-14 lead.

The Cowboys responded with a time-consuming march that nearly ended when they went offsides on 4th-and-1 from the Washington 35-yard line. Romo, though, connected with Cole Beasley for a 20-yard gain to keep the drive alive, and Dan Bailey made it a one-possession game with a 25-yard field goal.

Washington shed less than two minutes off the clock with its next possession, and Dallas took over at its own 13-yard line with 3:39 to play. Williams gave Dallas some breathing room with a 15-yard grab, then got behind the secondary and hauled in a critical 51-yard strike from Romo.

After Murray's go-ahead touchdown catch, Dallas' much-maligned defense limited Cousins to a short pass to Roy Helu and three consecutive incompletions to close out the much-needed win.

"We had a lot of circumstances to overcome today," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. "I was really proud of our football team on how we stayed focused."

Washington went three-and-out on the game's opening possession, and Micheal Spurlock, released by the Lions earlier this month and picked up by the Cowboys this week, returned the ensuing punt 62 yards. Spurlock was knocked out of bounds at the 3-yard line, and from there Murray took it in for an early Cowboys lead.

It was a battle for field position from then on in messy conditions.

Forbath hit from 36 and 22 yards out before Romo found Dez Bryant in the back of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown to give the Cowboys a 14-6 lead at halftime. Garcon's 8-yard TD catch in the third pulled Washington within 14-13.

Game Notes

This is the third straight season the Cowboys are playing for the division crown in Week 17. They lost to the Giants in 2011 and the Redskins last season ... With his 11th catch, Garcon broke Art Monk's franchise record with 107 catches in a single season ... The Redskins, who lost their final four home games, will visit the Giants for their season finale next week.

12/22 18:26:45 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 4-4 2-6 3-3 5-7
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 8-0 3-5 3-3 8-4
Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 5-3 3-5 4-2 6-6
Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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PHI 0
ATL 0
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NYY 0
CHC 0
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BAL 0
TAM 0
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DET 0
CLE 0
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CIN 7
PIT 5
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WAS 2
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SEA 0
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BOS 1
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HOU 2
KAN 4
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MIL 1
STL 6
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MIN 3
TOR 9
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NYM 9
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OAK 10
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COL 3
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CHC
 
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