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NFL: Redskins, Cowboys look like two teams going in different directions in Washington's win

Dallas' annual Thanksgiving Day game might be remembered for two franchises headed in opposite directions: The aging Dallas Cowboys, and the Washington Redskins, who are building around young star Robert Griffin III.
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 22, 2012

Griffin and the Redskins made it look easy at time, but Dallas once again staged a second-half rally.

Trailing 35-13 with just under 13 minutes left, the Cowboys closed to within 35-28 with just over eight minutes to play on Bryant's sliding TD catch on fourth down with 8:18 to play. But Romo and the offense would never have a possession with a chance to tie.

Washington answered with an 11-play drive that chewed up clock in addition to producing a 48-yard field goal that made it a two-possession game with 2:58 to play.

“It's hard to (focus on positives) after you lose,” Romo said. “The next few days this will eat you and consume all your thoughts, thinking about what I can do to make this football team better, what we can do to get off to better starts.”

In the big picture, Dallas has one playoff win the past 15 years since the Barry Switzer era ended, which is only one less than the Redskins have since 1997.

Washington still has several areas that need to improve. But if recent games are an indication the Redskins appear to be closer to being a viable playoff contender than their NFC East rival, in large part because of Griffin who enjoyed a return trip to his home state.

“To come here and play the way we did as a team is special for myself and the other Texas natives,” Griffin said. “It was really exciting to come out and showcase our talents to the world because everybody was watching. It couldn't have been a better homecoming.”

In the opposing locker room, focus will shift to whether Garrett will return next season with Dallas' playoff hopes fading. Garrett was asked if the remainder of the season could justify his job security.

“We're going to come to work as players and coaches and battle and try to win football games,” Garrett said. “I've been around this league a long time. The best teams, best coaches, best players do that.”

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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