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Campbell's Late Interception Proved Costly


Jason Campbell had plenty of positives to draw from in Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

What he'll remember most, though, is the interception that cost the Redskins a chance at a comeback win.

Late in the fourth quarter, with Washington trailing 28-23 but driving for a potential game-winning touchdown, the Redskins faced a pivotal 3rd-and-10 at the Cowboys' 19-yard line.

Campbell dropped back to pass, then scrambled right to avoid pressure. He had room to run, but he saw Antwaan Randle El trying to break away from Newman.

Campbell opted to throw the ball, but his pass was behind Randle El. Newman stepped in front of Randle El for the interception.

"It's one of those plays when you're trying to make a play," Campbell said. "I thought he was grabbed, but at the same time I probably should have tucked the ball and ran as hard as I could towards the end zone.

"I was trying to make a play and I feel bad about it."

Campbell earned praise from head coach Joe Gibbs after the game, but that was no solace.

It's the fourth time this season that the Redskins have had the ball in the final minutes of a game, and lost.

Sunday's game was Campbell's first against the Dallas Cowboys, the Redskins' long-time rival.

He completed 33-of-54 passes for 348 yards--all career-high marks--and two touchdowns. He had a fumble to go along with his interception.

Campbell spread passes around to seven different receivers.

Santana Moss, returning from a heel injury, was Campbell's top target, catching nine passes for 121 yards and one touchdown. Chris Cooley added eight catches for 89 yards and a touchdown and Antwaan Randle El had seven catches for 53 yards.

Keenan McCardell emerged as a steady option in the passing game, grabbing five passes for 76 yards.

"I think Jason continues for us," Gibbs said. "I am really proud of him. [Texas Stadium] was a real tough environment to play in, with the crowd noise and everything, and he handled it all extremely well. I thought he was courageous how he stood in there and made plays."

Said Campbell: "We are clicking as an offense. We're moving the ball around. We spread the offense out. It has been working with us scoring a lot of points. Overall, I think the guys around me played outstanding."

Campbell opened the game with an impressive drive, going 3-for-3 for 40 yards. He found Cooley on a curl route for a 16-yard pickup to the Cowboys' 19-yard line.

On the next play, using play action, Campbell saw Cooley in one-on-one coverage down the middle of the field. His pass was on target for a 19-yard touchdown, giving the Redskins a 7-0 lead.

In the fourth quarter, with the Redskins trailing, Campbell was forced to pass almost every down. He was 15-of-26 for 146 yards in the quarter, with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Moss narrowing the Cowboys' lead to 28-23.

The Redskins could not complete the comeback, though, as Campbell's interception proved costly.

"We've just got to finish," Campbell said. "You think of all the games we lost this year, even on the road, we have to find a way to finish these games."

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