Dallas Cowboys 27
- source:lotter sports
Washington starting quarterback Taylor Heinicke had a couple of spells out of the game as he took several heavy hits, one of which from Parsons saw him cough up a first-quarter fumble that was returned 37 yards by Dorance Armstrong for a score.
Earlier in the first period, a Heinicke interception had also helped set up a Dak Prescott touchdown pass to Amari Cooper from seven yards out, with Ezekiel Elliott adding on a two-point conversion.
Dorance Armstrong returns a Taylor Heinicke fumble for a touchdown for the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter.
Last Updated: 12/12/21 11:50pm
Washington and Dallas are both facing further NFC East divisional matchups next Sunday, with Washington on the road in Philadelphia to face the Eagles.
Sky Sports NFL is your dedicated channel for NFL coverage through the season - featuring a host of NFL Network programming. Don't forget to follow us on skysports.com/nfl, our Twitter account @SkySportsNFL & Sky Sports - on the go!
The Cowboys (9-4) not only halted the four-game winning streak of Washington (6-7) but they, crucially, have increased their lead in the NFC East divisional race to three games, with only four left of the 2021 regular season.
In the second half, Washington finally got on the board as receiver Cam Sims pulled off a spectacular jump-ball catch for a 43-yard touchdown toss from Heinicke. The Football Team then stopped Dallas on their ensuing possession, but the Cowboys got the ball back moments later as Jourdan Lewis forced and recovered a fumble by Antonio Gibson to set up the fourth and final one of Greg Zuerlein's field goals in the game.
In the fourth quarter, a Neville Gallimore sack knocked Heinicke out of the game he game with a knee injury. Backup Kyle Allen took over for Washington and directed a late touchdown drive, capped with Jonathan Williams going over at the goal line with five minutes remaining.
The Cowboys built themselves a 24-0 half-time lead and a 27-8 advantage heading into the final quarter, with their defense - Micah Parsons and Randy Gregory in particular - swarming the Washington offense.
Watch all of the highlights from the Week 14 matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Football Team.
Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott celebrate their scoring connection in the first quarter for the Dallas Cowboys at Washington
The Cowboys, meanwhile, head to New York to take on the Giants as they look to potentially clinch the division crown with a win.
Washington still trailed by 13, but suddenly that deficit was reduced to seven inside 56 seconds when Cole Holcomb picked off Dak Prescott on the subsequent drive and ran it back 31 yards for the touchdown.
Washington looked to have the momentum and, after the defense forced a quick three and out, they got the ball back again with three minutes to go to try and tie the game up. But, on 3rd-and-3, Gregory strip-sacked Allen, Jayron Kearse recovered the ball and Dallas ran the rest of the clock out to clinch a vital victory.
Cole Holcomb with an incredible pick-six interception score for Washington, as they threatened a late comeback.