Murray Helps Put Cowboys in Line for Playoff Spot
Two touchdowns from running back DeMarco Murray helped the Dallas Cowboys set up a showdown for the NFC East crown next weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles after a 24-23 win over Washington on Sunday.
Murray bookended the Cowboys’ scoring as he opened with a bruising, three-yard touchdown run on Dallas’ opening possession.
In the second quarter, Murray broke off a 43-yard run to help set up another Cowboys touchdown.
Then, trailing 23-17 with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter and facing a fourth-and-10 at the Washington 10-yard line, Murray snuck out of the backfield as a safety valve for quarterback Tony Romo and hauled in what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown pass.
Murray finished the game with 96 rushing yards on 22 carries and caught three passes for 15 yards. It was his second multi-touchdown in his career, both of which have come this season.
In addition, Murray went over 1,000 rushing yards in the win and now has a career-high 1,073 yards on the year. He becomes the first Dallas running back to go over 1,000 yards since the 2006 season.
Meanwhile for Washington, Chris Chester (right guard) and Trent Williams (left tackle) both started on the offensive line and paired up on this four-yard touchdown run.
Tight end Jermaine Gresham caught three passes for 49 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown, as Cincinnati rolled over Minnesota, 42-14 … Adrian Peterson rushed for 45 yards on 11 carries and caught one pass for two yards, while Phil Loadholt started at right tackle in the Vikings’ loss … Defensive end Frank Alexander assisted on a tackle and broke up a pass as Carolina clinched its first playoff appearance since 2008 with a 17-13 win over New Orleans … in a losing effort, linebacker Curtis Lofton had four tackles, including a sack, and wide receiver Kenny Stills caught two passes for 23 yards for the Saints … defensive tackle Gerald McCoy tied a career high with six tackles and posted his ninth sack of the season, while Davin Joseph started at right guard in Tampa Bay’s 23-13 loss at St. Louis … defensive back Tony Jefferson made his second start of the season and had three tackles for the second week in a row as Arizona snapped Seattle’s 14-game home winning streak with a 17-10 victory … Lane Johnson started at right tackle for Philadelphia as the Eagles rolled over Chicago, 54-11 … rookie Stacy McGee started at defensive tackle in Oakland’s 26-13 loss to San Diego … Donald Stephenson started at left tackle as Kansas City dropped a 23-7 decision to Indianapolis
This and That
The following saw playing time but did not record any stats: defensive back Jamell Fleming (Jacksonville), defensive back Dominique Franks (Atlanta), tight end James Hanna (Dallas) … quarterback Landry Jones was made inactive … linebacker Travis Lewis (Detroit) did not play