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Cowboys shut out Redskins & make the post season

From USA today

The Dallas Cowboys returned to the playoffs Sunday night, dominating their 100th meeting with the Washington Redskins and setting up an NFC East title showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tony Romo threw for 286 yards, Jason Witten had a career-long 69-yard reception to set up a score, and the defense pitched the rivalry's first shutout in six years in a 17-0 win over the Redskins.

BOX SCORE: Cowboys 17, Redskins 0

The victory eliminated the New York Giants from playoff contention and gave the Cowboys a jinx-bursting late-season winning streak. After starting 0-2 this month, Dallas recovered to win back-to-back December games for first time since 2003.

The Cowboys (10-5) will host the Eagles (11-4) in next week's regular-season finale, with the winner taking the division crown and the loser settling for a wild card berth. The NFL has moved the kickoff time from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Dallas holds a commanding 59-39-2 lead in the 50-year-old Redskins-Cowboys rivalry and got its first shutout since a 27-0 win on Dec. 14, 2003. The Cowboys didn't allow Washington to score a touchdown this year — the other meeting was a 7-6 win on Nov. 22 — and they played their part in the Redskins' first winless season in NFC East play since 1994.

The Redskins (4-11), distracted by more off-the-field news, put on another embarrassing performance against a rival in prime time.

Read the rest of the story here www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2009-12-27-cowboys-redskins_N.htm

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