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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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