The NFL released its 2014 schedule in late April. We all saw the slate of December games—at Chicago, at Philadelphia, vs. Indianapolis, at Washington.
Would Dallas go 1-3? 0-4? Would the Cowboys even have anything to play for in December?
Instead, the Cowboys scored 40 or more points in three of those four games. Dallas went undefeated in December for the first time since 1991.
Dallas heads to the NFC playoffs with a full head of steam. Jason Garrett not only played starters against the Redskins on Sunday but also went for the win.
A long catch-and-run by DeSean Jackson gave Washington the early lead, but it did not last. Dez Bryant had his own catch-and-run for a 65-yard touchdown to give Dallas the lead in the first. Another Bryant touchdown later in the first extended the lead to 17-7, and Dallas never looked back.
After Dallas added a field goal early in the second quarter, Garrett approved an onside kick attempt. The Cowboys recovered and scored on the ensuing drive, bringing the Dallas lead to 27-7.
Washington cut the lead to 27-17 in the fourth quarter, but the Cowboys quickly ended any thought of a serious Washington comeback.
A 51-yard pass from Tony Romo to Terrance Williams set up another field goal. Two plays later, Terrell McClain sacked Robert Griffin III, who fumbled. Anthony Spencer recovered and scored his first career touchdown. Joseph Randle later completed the scoring on a 65-yard run during mop-up duty.
DeMarco Murray surpassed Emmitt Smith to set the franchise’s single-season record for rushing yards with 1845. Bryant broke Terrell Owens’ record for receiving touchdowns in a season with 15.
This marks the first time since 1995 that the Cowboys have had a 12-4 record. The team will discover its playoff schedule depending on the outcome of the afternoon games on Sunday.