IRVING, Texas (AP) – As much as the Washington Redskins would’ve settled for any kind of victory over the Dallas Cowboys, this one was especially sweet.

Mark Brunell hit Santana Moss in stride for touchdown passes of 39 and 70 yards in the final 3:46, then the defense made it stand up, giving Washington a 14-13 victory over its top rival Monday night. The win ended the Redskins’ skid of 14 losses in 15 meetings, and they won at Texas Stadium for the first time since 1995.

The comeback was stunning because Washington hadn’t crossed the Dallas 27-yard line until Moss’ first TD, which also was the first of the season for the Redskins (2-0). The second one put the Cowboys (1-1) behind for the first time and silenced a crowd of 65,207, the largest since 1995.

The lure was partly Washington, but mostly a halftime ceremony featuring the induction of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin into the team’s Ring of Honor.

They were enjoying a great performance from Dallas’ new-look defense and seemed only mildly irritated by coach Bill Parcells’ conservative game plan.

It didn’t seem to be a big deal when Jose Cortez’s second field goal put Dallas up 13-0 with 5:58 left.

Then the Redskins – on an 0-25 skid when trailing after three quarters – changed everything.

AP-ES-09-20-05 0035EDT


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