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Redskins look to clinch playoff spot

Dec 30, 2007 - 11:24 AM Dallas (13-2) at Washington (8-7) 4:15 pm EST

LANDOVER, Maryland (Ticker) -- Three weeks ago, few could have imagined that the Washington Redskins would be in this position.

The Redskins look to complete an unlikely path to the playoffs on Sunday when they host the arch-rival Dallas Cowboys, who have clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and have nothing to play for.

With a victory, Washington will lock up the NFC's final playoff spot. Even with a loss, the Redskins can get in with defeats by Minnesota and New Orleans.

Washington took control of its own destiny with last week's 32-21 victory over the Vikings.

The Redskins' season appeared to be over after a last-second 17-16 defeat to the Buffalo Bills dropped them to 5-7.

That was Washington's first game following the death of safety Sean Taylor, who died after being shot in his Florida home during a burglary attempt.

Since the Buffalo loss, however, Washington has reeled off three straight victories, including road wins against the playoff-bound New York Giants and Vikings.

Washington's road to the postseason seemed even more unlikely when starter Jason Campbell dislocated his left knee the following week against the Chicago Bears.

But 36-year-old journeyman quarterback Todd Collins has spearheaded the Redskins' playoff charge, going 2-0 since taking over for Campbell.

In a 22-10 win over the Giants on December 16, Collins made his first start since 1997. The 10-year span between starts was the longest in the NFL since the 1970 merger.

Washington running back Clinton Portis thinks the Redskins are getting a little help from above.

"I think once we got our angel up situated in heaven, he gave us all the strength in the world," referring to Taylor.

Several hours before beating the Vikings, the Redskins may have received some more help when the Bears beat the Green Bay Packers, 35-7, giving the NFC's top seed to the Cowboys.

With nothing at stake, Dallas coach Wade Phillips will almost certainly sit wide receiver Terrell Owens, who is nursing a high ankle sprain. Phillips also could rest quarterback Tony Romo, who is battling a sore thumb.

The Redskins will not be disappointed if Owens doesn't play. He caught four touchdown passes in the Cowboys' 28-23 victory over Washington in Week 11.

Owens was injured in the second quarter of last week's 20-13 win over the Carolina Panthers.








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 0 3 0 3 6
    WASHINGTON 7 6 7 7 27 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WAS - TD, CLINTON PORTIS 23 YD RUN (SHAUN
    SUISHAM KICK), 8:32. Drive: 5
    plays, 73 yards in 2:28. Key plays:
    Collins 11-yard pass to Cooley to
    Washington 38; Collins 16-yard pass
    to Cooley to

    Dec 30 7:21 PM



  • FG DAL NICHOLAS FOLK 30 YD





    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 7:01 PM


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    FG DAL
    NICHOLAS FOLK 30 YD
    DALLAS 6
    WASHINGTON 27 8:37 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 7:01 PM



  • TD WAS SANTANA MOSS 42 YD PASS FROM TODD COLLINS (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)







    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 6:50 PM



  • TD WAS SANTANA MOSS 42 YD PASS FROM TODD COLLINS (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)







    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 6:50 PM



  • TD WAS SANTANA MOSS 42 YD PASS FROM TODD COLLINS (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)







    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 6:50 PM


  • NFL
    TD WAS
    SANTANA MOSS 42 YD PASS FROM TODD COLLINS
    (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)
    DALLAS 3
    WASHINGTON 27 11:58 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 6:50 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 0 3 0 3
    WASHINGTON 7 6 7 20 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WAS - TD, CLINTON PORTIS 23 YD RUN (SHAUN
    SUISHAM KICK), 8:32. Drive: 5
    plays, 73 yards in 2:28. Key plays:
    Collins 11-yard pass to Cooley to
    Washington 38; Collins 16-yard pass
    to Coo

    Dec 30 6:37 PM



  • TD WAS CLINTON PORTIS 1 YD RUN (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)






    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 6:24 PM



  • TD WAS CLINTON PORTIS 1 YD RUN (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)






    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 6:24 PM


  • NFL
    TD WAS
    CLINTON PORTIS 1 YD RUN
    (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)
    DALLAS 3
    WASHINGTON 20 6:48 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 6:24 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 0 3 3
    WASHINGTON 7 6 13 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WAS - TD, CLINTON PORTIS 23 YD RUN (SHAUN
    SUISHAM KICK), 8:32. Drive: 5
    plays, 73 yards in 2:28. Key plays:
    Collins 11-yard pass to Cooley to
    Washington 38; Collins 16-yard pass
    to Cooley

    Dec 30 5:50 PM



  • FG WAS SHAUN SUISHAM 21 YD





    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 5:49 PM


  • NFL
    FG WAS
    SHAUN SUISHAM 21 YD
    DALLAS 3
    WASHINGTON 13 0:01 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 5:49 PM



  • FG DAL NICHOLAS FOLK 37 YD





    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 5:29 PM


  • NFL
    FG DAL
    NICHOLAS FOLK 37 YD
    DALLAS 3
    WASHINGTON 10 4:58 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 5:29 PM



  • FG WAS SHAUN SUISHAM 46 YD





    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 5:04 PM


  • NFL
    FG WAS
    SHAUN SUISHAM 46 YD
    DALLAS 0
    WASHINGTON 10 11:15 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 5:04 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 0 0
    WASHINGTON 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WAS - TD, CLINTON PORTIS 23 YD RUN (SHAUN
    SUISHAM KICK), 8:32. Drive: 5
    plays, 73 yards in 2:28. Key plays:
    Collins 11-yard pass to Cooley to
    Washington 38; Collins 16-yard pass
    to Coo

    Dec 30 4:51 PM



  • TD WAS CLINTON PORTIS 23 YD RUN (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)






    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 4:34 PM



  • TD WAS CLINTON PORTIS 23 YD RUN (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)






    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 4:34 PM


  • NFL
    TD WAS
    CLINTON PORTIS 23 YD RUN
    (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)
    DALLAS 0
    WASHINGTON 7 6:28 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Cowboys vs. WashingtonDec 30 4:34 PM
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