Cowboys keep playoff hopes alive with 38-14 win

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Ryan Switzer (10) leaps into the end zone after returning a Washington Redskins punt for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

ARLINGTON (KXAN) — Dallas beat Washington, 38-14, on Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak and keep its wildcard hopes alive.

The win puts the Cowboys at 6-6 on the year and 1.5 games back of Seattle and Atlanta for the second wildcard spot. The Seahawks host the NFC East-leading Eagles on Sunday Night Football on KXAN, while the Falcons host the Vikings Sunday afternoon. Detroit also has .5 game lead on Dallas with a 6-5 record. The Lions play at the Ravens this week.

The Cowboys stay in the division next week with a trip to New York to take on the Giants.

Anthony Brown picked off Kirk Cousins late in the fourth quarter and Rod Smith scored on the ensuing possession on a 1-yard touchdown to ice the game.

Washington had four turnovers in the game.

In the second quarter, Dak Prescott injured his hand/wrist on an option pitch when Josh Harvey-Clemons’ helmet hit his right-hand flush on a tackle. The Cowboys kicked a field goal later on the drive while Prescott went to the locker room for x-rays. Fortunately for Dallas, they came back negative and Prescott never had to miss a snap.

Cooper Rush would’ve been his replacement, but the rookie never came on the field, thanks in part to Ryan Switzer’s 83-yard punt return for a touchdown to put Dallas up 17-0.

Earlier in the game, Prescott threw his first touchdown in 25 days when he connected with Jason Witten on an 8-yard pass. In the fourth quarter, Dez Bryant snapped a six-game drought without a touchdown with a 13-yard pass from Prescott to go up 24-7. It was his 72nd career touchdown, passing Bob Hayes for the most in Cowboys history.

Despite the two touchdowns, Prescott had a relatively modest day, throwing for just 102 yards on 11-22 passing and no interceptions. He also ran for 28 yards on five carries.

Dallas scored three touchdowns in the fourth to put the game away. After Bryant’s 13-yard touchdown, Washington answered with 14-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Josh Doctson to make it 24-14. But the Cowboys scored on their second straight possession on a short Alfred Morris touchdown before Brown’s pick and Smith’s touchdown.

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