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Nfl Week 9

November 06, 2006|By JEFF BARKER

A summary of the Washington Redskins' 22-19 win over the Dallas Cowboys:

What went right -- The Redskins were aided by good fortune. Who could have imagined that Mike Vanderjagt's chip shot would be blocked and that the ball would be returned (with the aid of a penalty) within field-goal range? For once, the Redskins weren't the team that hurt their chances with penalties. Rather, it was Dallas that was flagged 11 times for 153 yards. And Redskins fans got to enjoy watching Terrell Owens drop a near-certain touchdown bomb in the third quarter.

What went wrong -- Third down has become the bane of Washington's existence on defense. Dallas was successful on 10 of 16 third-down conversions, including five of seven in the first half. On offense, Washington turned the red zone into the "dead zone," failing on repeated chances.

Defining moments -- The theme of the game was Cowboys mistakes, and there were two glaring ones. One was Roy Williams' 48-yard pass interference penalty on Brandon Lloyd to set up a fourth-quarter Washington touchdown. The other was Kyle Kosier's face-mask penalty that extended the game and allowed the winning Redskins kick.

What it means -- It could save the season, at least if the Redskins can continue to climb out of the funk during which they lost three straight. A big question mark is whether wide receiver Santana Moss can return from an injured hamstring.

A look ahead -- The Redskins go on the road for two weeks. "The bad news is I think we're going to Philly next," coach Joe Gibbs said of Sunday's game against the Eagles.

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