Nov 26, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) is double teamed by Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Cameron Erving (75) and offensive guard Connor Williams (52) during the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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Washington thumps Dallas with fourth-quarter flurry

Antonio Gibson rushed for three touchdowns Thursday, the second coming after an ill-fated fake punt by the Dallas Cowboys deep in their territory, as the Washington Football Team climbed into first place in the NFC East with a 41-16 win at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Gibson collected 115 yards on 20 carries as Washington improved to 4-7, passing Philadelphia (3-6-1) for the division lead. Quarterback Alex Smith completed 19 of 26 passes for 149 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Andy Dalton connected on 25 of 35 attempts for 215 yards with a score and a pick that was returned 15 yards for a touchdown by Montez Sweat with 3:24 left in the game. That capped a stretch of three Washington scores in nine minutes.

The first came one play after Cedrick Wilson lost a yard on a 4th-and-10 fake punt from the Dallas 24. Gibson raced 23 yards off right tackle on the next play for a 27-16 lead with 12:07 left. Gibson then added a 37-yard touchdown run at the 3:31 mark.

Dallas initiated scoring with the first of three Greg Zuerlein field goals, a 33-yarder at the 8:33 mark in the first quarter. But Washington took a 7-3 lead with 1:37 left on Gibson’s 5-yard touchdown run, capping a 12-play drive that featured a 28-yard pass from tight end — and former college quarterback — Logan Thomas to Terry McLaurin.

Dalton put the Cowboys ahead 10-7 when he hit Amari Cooper in stride behind cornerback Ronald Darby for a 54-yard scoring strike 44 seconds into the second quarter. Washington tied it seven minutes later on Dustin Hopkins’ 23-yard field goal.

Thomas caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Smith with 2:30 remaining in the half, and Zuerlein drew Dallas within 17-13 on a 32-yard field goal 23 seconds before intermission.

Hopkins converted a 36-yard field goal, six plays after Ezekiel Elliott lost a fumble via replay review, just over four minutes into the third quarter. Zuerlein hit from 28 later in the period, but the Cowboys started the drive on the Washington 4 after a 43-yard interception return by Jaylon Smith.

Dallas fell into the division cellar at 3-8.

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