Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson took responsibility for the fumble he committed with just over a minute to play in Monday night's 19-16 loss to Dallas at FedEx Field in Landover.
Trying to make a big play, Jackson reversed course after fielding a Dallas punt and as he made his way back up the field after circling back toward his own end zone, he was tackled and fumbled the football. The Cowboys recovered at Washington's 15-yard line and would score a touchdown to take a 16-9 lead.
"Rivalry game. Trying to do any and everything to pull out a victory and we just fell on the short end of the stick this time. Very frustrating," Jackson said after the game. "A lot rode on this game and we knew what we had at stake. Personally, very frustrated. I'm going to take that one on my chin and I'm a veteran in this league and I know I need to protect the ball and it just got away from me.
"It's the nature of the game. I feel like I'm a big threat in this league and I've been proving that for years to come. Just one of them things where just trying to make a play for my team, so once again, like I said, I've got to take it on the chin, a fumble."
In a way, Jackson would redeem himself by catching a 28-yard touchdown pass from Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to tie the game, 16-16. Dallas would kick a game-winning field goal on the ensuing drive to seal the 19-16 win for the Cowboys.
"I know better than that," Jackson said. "Protect the ball in any circumstance and get down, but I kind of felt I was close to being down, but they ruled it how they ruled it. But, once again, that's on me. I've got to protect the ball better than that."