With their NFC East grudge match Sunday at Texas Stadium, the Cowboys and Redskins added the latest photo finish to a rivalry replete with them. Facing a 28-23 deficit in the last two minutes, Washington's Jason Campbell drove the visitors into the red zone for a potential go-ahead score -- but Terence Newman's interception with 1:39 remaining sealed the victory for the first-place `Boys.
Terrell Owens enjoyed a career day in the victory with touchdown catches of 4, 31, 46 and 52 yards. More than 63,000 fans chanted T.O.! T.O.! T.O.! as the receiver's four scores matched Bob Hayes for the franchise's single-game record.
The mercurial wideout's second touchdown -- the 124th of his colorful career -- gave the Cowboys a permanent lead and moved Owens ahead of Marvin Harrison into third place on the all-time touchdown receptions list.
Tony Romo completed 22-of-32 passes for 293 yards with just one interception. Romo's four touchdown passes upped his season tally to 27 -- third-most in team history and the most since 1983.
The Dallas defense demonized a Washington rushing attack that ranked eighth in the league entering Sunday. Clinton Portis, the second-most prolific rusher in the NFC, mustered just 36 yards on 12 carries.
On a day when Owens and the Dallas passing game took center stage, the team's stable of running backs settled for a reduced role. Julius Jones carried just nine times for 27 yards, his second-lowest output of the season.
Marion Barber didn't offer much more for Dallas, carrying 15 times for a modest 43 yards. The Cowboys experienced trouble running out the clock in the fourth quarter due to their inconsistency on the ground -- allowing Washington one final opportunity to steal a victory.
Owens took the field with the prevent defense on the final play of the game when Washington lined up to attempt a Hail Mary pass. As Campbell's last-ditch bomb descended towards Owens, the receiver perfunctorily batted the ball away rather than going for his first career interception. Since when has T.O. stood for Team-Oriented?
Antwaan Randle El, one of Washington's most reliable receivers, caught seven passes for 53 yards on the afternoon. But Campbell's attempted pass to the former Pittsburgh wideout ended up in Newman's arms.
Jason Campbell played his best game as a pro in his 17th NFL start, hanging tough against the ferocious Dallas defense while throwing for a career-high 348 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His lone interception of the day came during the final two minutes.
In his 16th NFL season, ageless Washington wideout Keenan McCardell brought down five catches for 76 yards. The cagey veteran owns a ring from Washington's last Super Bowl championship, when the rookie spent the 1991 season on the team's injured reserve list.
With 10 games down and six to go, Owens is on pace for the best season in franchise history with 93 catches, 1,645 yards and 19 touchdowns. T.O. has scored in five straight games to help the Cowboys draw closer to ending their streak of eight years without a division title.