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Cowboys hold on for 27-20 victory over Washington

Chris Simms and Mike Florio preview the NFC East showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Football Team and discuss if Washington can make headway in the race for the division crown.

The Cowboys made their victory over Washington more dramatic than it needed to be.

Dak Prescott threw a pick-six with 4:13 left to draw Washington within one score, but they held on for a 27-20 win. Dallas now is 9-4, ending Washington’s four-game winning streak. Washington fell to 6-7 with four games to play, though it plays the Cowboys again in two weeks.

The Cowboys led 24-0 at halftime and 27-8 in the fourth quarter.

Jonathan Williams scored on a 1-yard run with 5:09 left, and after a failed 2-point conversion, the home team trailed 27-14. Only 56 seconds later, Cole Holcomb intercepted Prescott and returned it 31 yards to the end zone. Washington had the extra point blocked.

Washington had a opportunity to tie or take the lead, getting the ball back at its own 30 with 3:04 remaining. But Kyle Allen, who replaced the injured Taylor Heinicke in the fourth quarter, was sacked by Randy Gregory on third-and-three.

Allen fumbled, and Jayron Kearse recovered for the Cowboys, who ran out the final 2:24.

The Cowboys held Washington to 224 yards, forced four turnovers and made five sacks. Washington went 3-for-14 on third down.

Micah Parsons made two sacks and forced a fumble. Dorance Armstrong tipped a pass that Gregory intercepted and Armstrong returned a fumble 37 yards for a touchdown.

Heinicke was 11-of-25 for 122 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while Allen went 4-of-9 for 53 yards.

Prescott was 22-of-39 for 211 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.