There wasn’t much excitement for football fans on Thanksgiving this year.
After the Texans won comfortably over the Lions in the first game, the Washington Football Team used a dominant fourth quarter to run away with a 41-16 win over the Cowboys.
Rookie running back Antonio Gibson had a career day for Washington, racking up 115 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. Two of those touchdowns came in the fourth quarter.
The game got off to a decent start for Dallas. After the defense forced a three-and-out on Washington’s first possession, the Cowboys’ offense marched right into the red zone. But injuries to right tackle Zack Martin and left tackle Cameron Erving foreshadowed a long night of offensive struggles.
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Still, Dallas managed to put up 10 points in the second quarter, thanks to a 54-yard touchdown pass from Andy Daton to Amari Cooper and a short field goal from Greg Zuerlein to make it 17-13, Washington, heading into the locker room.
Washington forced an Ezekiel Elliott fumble to set up a Dustin Hopkins field goal that made it 20-13 early in the third quarter. Dallas’ defense came up with a turnover of its own, with linebacker Jaylon Smith returning an interception to the Washington 4, but the Cowboys’ offense couldn’t take advantage and had to settle for a field goal. Still, it was just a four-point game heading into the fourth quarter.
That’s when things fell apart for Dallas. On fourth-and-10 from the Cowboys’ 24, coach Mike McCarthy called for a fake punt play that failed miserably and gave Washington the ball at the Dallas 23 with 12:13 remaining. Gibson ran for a 23-yard score on the following play to make it 27-16.
After Dallas punted on its next possession, Gibson hit paydirt again with a 37-yard touchdown run, making the score 34-16 with 3:31 remaining. Then, on the very next play from scrimmage, Dalton tried to throw a screen pass but was picked off by Montez Sweat, who returned the INT for a TD to make it 41-16 and kill off the game.
Washington (4-7) now sits atop the NFC East, half a game ahead of the Eagles, who play the Seahawks on “Monday Night Football.” The Cowboys (3-8) fall to the bottom of the Dumpster fire that is the division, they’re still just a game out of a playoff spot.
Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Cowboys vs. Washington on Thanksgiving. Follow below for complete results from the NFL Week 12 game.
Cowboys vs. Washington final score
Cowboys vs. Washington highlights from Thanksgiving game
(All times Eastern)
7:48 p.m. — FINAL: Washington 41, Cowboys 16.
7:42 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Dalton connects with Cee Dee lamb, but they only get 3 yards when they needed 4. That ought to do it, Washington takes over at the Dallas 44-yard line, 2:08 to play.
7:37 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, WASHINGTON. That was quick. Dalton tries to loft a screen pass but Montez Sweat jumps up, grabs it out the air and runs it back into the end zone for a pick six. Washington leads 41-16 with 3:24 remaining.
7:35 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, WASHINGTON. Gibson goes right up the gut, makes a couple cuts and goes 37 yards untouched into the end zone. Washington leads 34-16 with 3:31 remaining.
7:25 p.m. — Cowboys punt. Washington takes over at its 24-yard line, 9:33 left to play in the fourth quarter.
7:18 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, WASHINGTON. First play after the failed fake punt and Antonio Gibson scoots into the end zone for a 23-yard TD. Washington leads 27-16 with 12:07 remaining.
7:15 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Oh no. Dallas tries a fake punt and fails miserably. Washington takes over at the Dallas 23-yard line, 12:13 left to play.
7:08 p.m. — END OF 3Q: Washington 20, Cowboys 16. Dallas has it, second and 5 at its 17-yard line to start the fourth quarter.
7:07 p.m. — Washington punts. That’s the first punt for Tress Way since Washington’s first possession. Dallas takes over at its 12-yard line with 31 seconds left in the third quarter.
7:00 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, COWBOYS. Lamb bobbles the ball in the end zone and can’t quite hang on, so Dallas has to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Zuerlein to make it 20-16 with 2:32 left in the third quarter.
6:57 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Alex Smith panicks under pressure on third down and tries to dump it off, but didn’t see Jaylon Smith drop in coverage and he runs it down all the way to the Washington 4-yard line, 4:06 remaining in the third quarter.
6:47 p.m. — Cowboys punt. Dalton is sacked on third down and Washington takes over at its 5-yard line after a hold on the punt return, 7:42 left in the third quarter.
6:40 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, WASHINGTON. Dustin Hopkins hits from 36 yards to extend Washington’s lead to 20-13 with 10:48 remaining in the third quarter.
6:30 p.m. — FUMBLE. Ezekiel Elliott coughs it up on the second play of the half and Washington takes over at the Dallas 33-yard line, 14:22 left in the third quarter.
6:07 p.m. — HALF: Washington 17, Cowboys 13.
6:05 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, COWBOYS. Once again, Dallas moves the ball well but stalls out in the red zone. Zuerlein hits from 32 yards to cut Washington’s lead to 17-13 with 19 seconds remaining in the first half.
5:51 p.m. — 2-Minute Warning. Dallas has it, first and 10 at its 41-yard line.
5:47 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, WASHINGTON. Thomas hauls in a 5-yard catch in the end zone and Washington retakes the lead, 17-10 with 2:26 remaining in the half.
5:42 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Cowboys go for it on fourth and 1 from their 34-yard line and CeeDee Lamb can’t quite haul in Dalton’s. Add in an unneccessary roughness penalty on Dallas and Washington takes over at the Dallas 19-yard line, 5:22 left in the second quarter.
5:34 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, WASHINGTON. Washington gets all the way down to the goal line but can’t get it in the end zone and has to settle for a 23-yard chip shot from Dustin Hopkins. That ties the game at 10-10 with 7:13 left to play in the first half.
5:19 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, COWBOYS. Andy Dalton goes over the top and hits Amari Cooper in stride for a 54-yard bomb. Dallas leads 10-7 with 14:08 left in the second quarter.
5:15 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Washington 7, Cowboys 3. Dallas has it, third and 1 at its 44-yard line to start the second quarter.
5:09 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, WASHINGTON. Antonio Gibson runs it in from 5 yards out to give Washington a 7-3 lead, 1:37 remaining in the first quarter.
Washington tight end Logan Thomas, a former QB at Virginia Tech, showed off his arm earlier in the drive for a 28-yard gain on this trick play.
4:55 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, COWBOYS. Decent first drive for Dallas and Greg Zuerlein hits a 33-yard field goal to give them a 3-0 lead with 8:30 left in the first quarter. Could be bad news for the Cowboys though as both starting tackles Russell Martin and Cameron Erving were hurt on the drive.
4:40 p.m. — Washington goes three-and-out. Randy Gregory sacks Smith on third down and the Cowboys get the ball at their 28-yard line for their first possession.
4:35 p.m. — Cowboys win the toss and elect to defer, so Alex Smith will lead Washington out for the opening drive.
4:28 p.m. — Touching moment as the Cowboys gather to honor strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul, who passed away yesterday. Players are wearing “MP” stickers on their helmets.
Cowboys vs. Washington start time
Date: Thursday, Nov. 26Kickoff time: 4:30 p.m. ET
NFL Week 12 schedule
Below is the complete schedule for Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season.
Thursday, Nov. 26
Texans at Lions
WFT at Cowboys
Sunday, Nov. 29
Cardinals at Patriots
Panthers at Vikings
Giants at Bengals
Dolphins at Jets
Browns at Jaguars
Titans at Colts
Chargers at Bills
Raiders at Falcons
Ravens at Steelers
49ers at Rams
Saints at Broncos
Chiefs at Buccaneers
Bears at Packers
Monday, Nov. 30
Seahawks at Eagles