By The Numbers: Cowboys II
It was a convincing 27-6 victory for the Washington Redskins over their arch-rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. Here is a look at the most significant numbers from Sunday's game:
244 - Yards through the air for the new hero in Washington - Todd Collins. Once again, the veteran played near error-free ball and led his team to victory.
147 - Total yards of offense for the Cowboys, who went into the game averaging over 380 yards per game.
128 - Quarterback rating for Collins (22 of 31, 2TD, 0 INT).
115 - Yards receiving on 8 catches for Santana Moss. After battling nagging injuries all season long, is Santana finally close to healthy? He looked it on Sunday, especially on the 42-yard touchdown bomb from Collins that sealed the game in the 4th quarter. Moss had just two 100-plus yard games this season - both against the Cowboys.
104 - Yards rushing for Clinton Portis against Dallas. In a season that saw Portis notch a 196-yard game, Sunday's total might seem a little light to be over-celebrating; but when you consider that until this week, the Cowboys had not allowed a single 100-yard rusher all season long, it becomes considerably more significant. Clinton has posted two consecutive 100-plus-yard games, against two of the league's best run defenses.
86 - Yards passing for Tony Romo, despite playing into the third quarter (before being replaced by Brad Johnson).
37 - Minutes of ball possession for the Redskins, out of a possible 60 minutes. Wow, that's Joe Gibbs football at it's finest.
30 - Points per game was what the Cowboys came into Sunday's action averaging. They couldn't manage a single touchdown and scored just 6 points against an inspired Redskin defense.
7 - Yards rushing for Julius Jones - he led all Cowboy rushers.
4 - Interceptions for Shawn Springs in the last 4 games. Springs picked off a Tony Romo pass in the 1st quarter.
2 - Big sacks for CFL import and 3rd down specialist Chris Wilson. That gives the rookie 4 sacks on the season in just 8 appearances - and very limited appearances at that - very impressive.
2 - Field goals for Shaun Suisham. Seem insignificant in a 21-point victory? Keep in mind that with the 2-for-2 day, Suisham finished the season 29-for-35 for a completion percentage of 82.9% - the second best percentage EVER for a Redskin kicker. Mark Moseley's near perfect 1982 season of 21-for-22 is the only season total to ever better Suisham's 2007 season. Congratulations to the young Canadian on a tremendous, virtually unheralded season.
1 - Rushing yard for the Dallas Cowboys. That's right, one total yard on the ground. It's the lowest total ever for the Cowboys (previous record was 8 yards)
0 - Third down conversions for the Cowboys on 11 attempts.
-6 - Yards rushing for Marion Barber; that's right, NEGATIVE 6 yards on 7 carries. Going into the game, the tough Dallas back needed less than 20 yards to finish the season with 1000. Instead, he finished up with 975 total yards - what a shame.
And so the Redskins go in search of some new numbers, some playoff numbers. What an incredible accomplishment considering the adversity that this 2007 Redskin team has faced.
This article was released on 2007-12-31.
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