IRVING, Texas -- As much as the Washington Redskins would have 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 last night. The Redskins had lost 14 of the last 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's first touchdown, 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 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. The fans were enjoying a great performance from Dallas's 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.
Drew Bledsoe threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Terry Glenn just 2 1/2 minutes after halftime, the first time the former Patriots teammates hooked up for a score in Dallas, to give the Cowboys a 10-0 lead.
It was the longest offensive play for the Cowboys since Quincy Carter threw a 78-yard TD to Antonio Bryant against Arizona on Oct. 13, 2002, the year before Parcells took over.