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Washington vs. Cowboys 2014 final score: Dallas drops Monday Night Football matchup, 20-17

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Washington beat the Dallas Cowboys in an exciting overtime matchup on Monday Night Football, winning the game 20-17.

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It wasn't a pretty game for either team, but in the end, Washington walked away with a 20-17 overtime victory over the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Washington put together a very solid drive in overtime with multiple catches from tight end Jordan Reed, culminating in a 40-yard field goal that Dallas couldn't answer. Colt McCoy started the game and played well enough to win, completing 25 of 30 passes for 299 yards.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo was playing well before going down with an injury in the third quarter. Romo had completed 13 of 21 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked four times. The fourth sack is the one that forced him out of the game, as he took an awful long time to get up from said sack. Eventually, he was helped up and left the field to the locker room with an apparent back injury.

Brandon Weeden took over, taking his first regular season snaps with the Cowboys. He orchestrated a huge eight-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a 25-yard touchdown to tight end Jason Witten, tying the game at 17-17 in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Romo was arguing with the team's medical staff on the sideline because he wanted back in the game.

Romo got his way, coming in with just under two minutes left on the clock in a tie game, but he couldn't lead the Cowboys to victory in regulation. Dallas linebacker Justin Durant also sustained an injury and left the game. His was an arm injury, and he did not return.

The first half was especially messy. The Cowboys turned the ball over on a Joseph Randle fumble after Washington managed a field goal, but McCoy managed to give the ball right back while trying to find his man in the end zone. It was a throw he didn't need to make, but he did, and J.J. Wilcox came down with the interception.

Then Murray, the dependable NFL leader in rushing yards, put the ball on the ground six plays later, giving Washington possession. Fortunately for the Cowboys, they held Washington back, got the ball back and Romo found Bryant for a 5-yard touchdown to take the lead. Two drives later, the messy first half came do an end.

In the second half, things were cleaned up a little bit, but it wasn't exactly a strong defensive showing for either team. If either offense was particularly "on" for the game, it likely would have been a high-scoring affair. But with neither Romo nor Robert Griffin III in action, neither team was operating at full capacity.

Once Dallas got the ball back after Romo's injury, DeMarco Murray went off on a 51-yard rush on the first play of the drive. Unfortunately, after a short gain on the next play, Weeden's next two passes went incomplete and Dallas had to settle for a field goal. The game was tied there, but Washington came back when McCoy carried a touchdown in from 7 yards out to give Washington the lead.

Weeden then orchestrated a touchdown drive that went for eight plays and 80 yards, tying the game with a big 25-yard touchdown to tight end Jason Witten. But Washington once again was driving on the next possession, and converted a big fourth down play with under four minutes to go. But Dallas eventually held when the clock hit the two-minute mark, and Romo took back over with just under two to go and a tie game. Unfortunately, he couldn't make anything happen, and the game was sent into overtime.

Washington drove down the field on the opening possession and kicked a 40-yard field goal. Dallas was unable to answer, and Washington won.

Three things we learned:

1) No matter how good they get, the Cowboys will eventually be the Cowboys

Turnovers are a way of life for the Cowboys these past few years. Romo is a fine quarterback, but it's easy to poke fun over all the mishaps that have happened when it comes to fumbling the snap or throwing multiple interceptions. That said, nothing in this game was Romo's fault, as Dallas' running backs committed some significant turnovers and Romo, as mentioned above, left the game in the third quarter.

Both Randle and Murray had bad fumbles early on in the first half. Murray fumbled on a play in which everybody watching was in agreement that he really should have just went out of bounds instead of trying to keep fighting. Murray needs to know when to quit, regardless of how well he's doing this season.

Fortunately, Washington was unable to do anything with those two first-half turnovers.

2) It's incredibly difficult to tackle Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant is one of the most explosive receivers in the NFL, and he's exactly what you'd want out of a No. 1 receiver. He makes some big catches each and every week and is usually Romo's top target. On Monday, he came up big in a red zone situation that resulted in a touchdown.

From a 1st and 5 at the Washington 5-yard line, Romo found Bryant short and despite being tackled well short, Bryant fought and extended his arm to its limit — just far enough to break the plane and be called a touchdown. The play was eventually challenged by the replay official, but was upheld.

That gave Dallas an early 7-3 lead, and we've got a GIF of it below:

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3) DeMarco Murray simply isn't slowing down

Murray has been nothing short of incredible this season, and he was on display again on Monday. Despite the turnovers and the injuries — and the fact that Washington knew that Murray was going to get touches, especially with Romo out — Murray chugged away and had multiple big gains to put up his eighth-consecutive game of 100-plus rushing yards.

Murray finished the game with 19 carries for 141 yards, and a per-carry average of 7.4 yards. He's simply not slowing down any time soon and seems primed to break some more records this season. He's played some very tough matchups thus far and has been the most consistent player in Dallas.