The Dallas Cowboys rallied past the Washington Redskins 18-16 as quarterback Tony Romo, playing eight days after suffering a fractured rib that punctured one of his lungs, led the winning drive in the final minutes.
Rookie Dan Bailey kicked six field goals for Dallas, including a 40-yarder with one minute, 47 seconds left at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The kick came after Romo, who passed for 255 yards, completed a 30-yard pass to Washington’s 25-yard line on a 3rd-and-21 play.
The Cowboys forced a fumble by Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman with 28 seconds left to improve their record to 2-1 and prevent the Redskins from starting 3-0 for the first time since the 2005 National Football League season.
“We’re lucky to come out of here with a win,” said Romo, who overcame bad snaps and incorrect routes run by his receivers. “We had a million mistakes tonight.”
The Cowboys have played nine straight games that have been decided by three points or less, an NFL record.
After three field goals by each team in the first half, Tim Hightower scored the only touchdown with four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Hightower caught a 1-yard pass from Grossman that gave the Redskins a 16-9 lead.
Bailey then added three more field goals to give the Cowboys their fifth win in six meetings with their National Football Conference East division rivals. The Cowboys hold a 61-38-2 advantage in the all-time regular-season series.
Dallas, Washington and the New York Giants are tied atop the division at 2-1, while the Philadelphia Eagles are 1-2.
Washington’s loss leaves the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills as the only undefeated teams.