Sunday, October 12, 2008

Shake Up in the NFC East

Three of the four teams in the NFC East played on Sunday and only one of them came out with a victory. The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins both dropped their second games of the season in a pair of surprising shockers. Meanwhile, the Eagles fought off a stubborn 49ers team to even their record at 3-3.

Washington had seemingly turned their season around after their horrible showing in the season opener against the Giants. But after winning four games in a row, they fell to the previous winless St. Louis Rams, 19-17, when Josh Brown kicked his fourth field goal of the game as time expired.

The Redskins had trailed since the second quarter, but went ahead with 3:47 remaining on Clinton Portis' two yard touchdown run. The Rams, who forced three fumbles, managed just 200 yards of offense, almost a third of it on the game's final drive. The big play was a 43-yard completion from Marc Bulger to Donnie Avery that put the ball on the Redskins' 16 with 38 seconds remaining. Offensive lineman Richie Incognito nearly blew the game for the Rams when some choice words to an official resulted in a 15-yard penalty. But Brown's boot from 49-yards out saved Incognito from being very well known.

The Cardinals were coming off a blow out of the Buffalo Bills last week, but the team that gave up 56 points to the Jets in week three, had no business beating the Dallas Cowboys this afternoon. Only they did thanks to their special teams.

The Cardinals' J.J. Arrington started things off with a 93-yd opening kick return for a touchdown and Sean Morey blocked Mat McBriar's punt in overtime to give the Cardinals the win. Monty Beisel picked up the loose ball and ran it three yards for the game winning touchdown.

The Cardinals looked like they might win it in regulation after building a 24-14 lead with just 3:17 to go in regulation. It only took Dallas 1:12 to score though when Tony Romo and Marion Barber III hooked up on a 70-yard scoring play. The Cowboys defense then came up big with a quick three and out. Using their time outs, only 1:06 expired, giving Dallas the ball at their own 32-yard line with 50 ticks left on the clock.

On 3rd-and-11, Romo hit tight end Jason Witten for a 30-yd pick up to the Cardinals' 39. A 5-yd penalty moved the Cowboys a little closer and Nick Falk kicked a game tying 49-yd field goal to tie the game.

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