The Redskins, who struggled to move the ball during the first half, had some momentum at the start of the second. Washington quarterback Donovan McNabb completed long passes to both Santana Moss and Chris Cooley to get over the 50.
Then Washington literally took points off the board. Graham Gano hit a 26-yard field goal that was nullified by a penalty, and Washington had a first down at the Dallas 12. Then, a Dallas penalty nullified a Terrence Newman interception, and Washington had another first down at the Dallas 5. But McNabb threw three incompletions, including consecutive fade attempts to the left to Anthony Armstrong. And then punter Josh Bidwell, holding for a 22-yard field goal attempt, couldn’t handle the snap and fell on the ball, ending the drive and turning the ball over to Dallas.
All that added up to nothing for either team, as Dallas answered with a march over midfield of its own, only to punt deep into Redskins territory four plays later.