LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 12: DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins celebrates his touchdown during the NFL season opener against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField on September 12 2010 in Landover Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Rivalry Renewed: Redskins Down Dallas In McNabb's Debut, 13-7

The Dallas Cowboys were undone by penalties, right down to the final play of the game, as a holding call nullified a game-winning touchdown pass.

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Cowboys vs. Redskins: Miles Austin Scores After Two Mistakes By Washington's Punter

Redskins punter Josh Bidwell’s bad night just got a lot worse.

On the drive after he bobbled the snap on a field goal attempt, Bidwell shanked a punt that went all of 27 yards to the Redskins’ own 34.

It set the Cowboys up with a short field, and they took advantage. They needed only six plays to finally get in the end zone, with Miles Austin hauling in a 4-yard pass from Tony Romo. The extra point made it Redskins 10, Cowboys 7.

Suddenly, with less than two minutes left in the third quarter, momentum has seemingly shifted again, this time in the Cowboys’ favor.


VIDEO: Redskins Take 10-0 Lead Over Cowboys After DeAngelo Hall Causes Fumble, Scores

Talk about a sudden turn(over) of events.

Heading into the half during a game that had featured only a field goal by Redskins kicker Graham Gano, Dallas paid a steep price for another mistake.

The Cowboys' third running back, Tashard Choice, had just caught a fluttering shuffle pass from quarterback Tony Romo, and was near the sideline when DeAngelo Hall hit him, stripped the ball and sprinted for the end zone, hands raised. The ensuing extra point was the last play of the half, and Washington went into the locker room with a 10-0 lead.

It brought sudden life to a game that had slipped into an exchange of punts (three by each team) and penalties (two for Washington but five for Dallas, for 41 yards).


Cowboys Vs. Redskins: Washington Takes First Lead With Field Goal

Mike Shanahan's new-look Washington Redskins offense scored on its first possession of the 2010 season, as Donovan McNabb used his arm and his feet to keep the drive alive before eventually settling for a Graham Gano field goal.

For a moment, it looked as if Dallas would score first. The Cowboys started with good field position at their own 27 and moved the ball well, mixing Marion Barber runs with two long passes from quarterback Tony Romo to Miles Austin and Martellus Bennett. However, consecutive short passes to the right side to rookie Dez Bryant effectively killed the drive before DeAngelo Hall swatted away a third-down pass, forcing a punt.

The Redskins seemed destined for an even shorter drive before McNabb hit Santana Moss over the middle on third down to keep the drive alive -- aided by a roughing the passer penalty on Dallas. On the next third down, McNabb showed some of his vintage scrambling ability, tuckijng the ball and running left for a 17-yard gain, wisely scooting out of bounds instead of absorbing a hit.Two plays later, he hit tight end Chris Cooley out of the backfield foe a 14-yard gain to the Dallas 13. Three plays later Washington settled for the field goal.

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