This one followed a familiar script. The Cowboys fell behind by multiple scores, only to mount a furious rally that fell short. Tony Romo's second touchdown pass to Dez Bryant brought the Cowboys within 35-28 with eight minutes to play, but Rob Ryan's defense folded again when Dallas needed a stop. Griffin and Alfred Morris marched the Redskins into Cowboys territory, and Kai Forbath sealed the deal with a clutch 48-yard field goal.
"I thought we had a good chance," Romo told The Associated Press.
Romo threw two bad interceptions, but he still put up the biggest statistical day of his career, completing 37 of 62 passes for 441 yards and three touchdowns. He did it without wide receiver Miles Austin, who left in the first quarter with a hip injury. The Cowboys also lost cornerback Orlando Scandrick (broken hand) and linebacker Bruce Carter (elbow).
This isn't a smart football team, and it doesn't have enough physical talent across the board to make up for that. The Cowboys still might be alive, but their long-term prognosis isn't good.