Romo's 2 INT, TD, leave Cowboys, Skins 7-7 at half

By HOWARD FENDRICH
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and guard Derrick Dockery (76) celebrate Romo's touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — With the NFC East title on the line, Tony Romo threw interceptions on each of Dallas' first two possessions before connecting with Jason Witten for a 9-yard touchdown pass Sunday night, and Washington rookie Alfred Morris ran for a 17-yard score, leaving the Cowboys and Redskins tied 7-7 at halftime.

It was a win-or-go-home game moved into prime time to mark the end of the NFL's regular season: Whichever team lost would miss the playoffs, and the winner would host the wild-card Seattle Seahawks in a first-round game next Sunday.

An eventful first half also included Redskins kicker Kai Forbath's first missed field-goal try in 18 career attempts.

After his early miscues, Romo got going on his third drive, a 13-play, 89-yard journey that lasted more than 7 1/2 minutes. It ended with Dallas barely beating an expiring play clock on third-and-goal from the 9, then Romo scrambling around in his trademark fashion before finding Witten in the end zone with about 8 minutes left in the second quarter.

Romo went 4 for 4 for 58 yards on the drive. Witten's first catch of the game, earlier in that possession, gave him 800 for his career, allowing him to join Tony Gonzalez (1,237) and Shannon Sharpe (815) as the only tight ends with at least that many.

Washington and rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III responded, going 68 yards in eight plays to tie it on Morris' run around the left side. Morris had 92 yards on 13 carries at halftime as he closed in on Clinton Portis' franchise rushing record for a season.

RG3, wearing a heavy black brace on his mildly sprained right knee, was 5 for 11 for 43 yards passing, and ran three times for 21 yards.

Romo was 10 for 16 for 119 yards in the first half. When he had an incompletion on third-and-9 from Washington's 34 in the last minute of the second quarter, Dallas opted to punt. The ball landed in the end zone for a touchback.

One key first-half injury: Cowboys receiver Miles Austin hurt his left ankle in the second quarter.

The Redskins won the opening coin toss, got the ball first and went three-and-out, with Dwayne Harris' 28-yard punt return setting up Dallas at the Washington 27. But on Dallas' third play on offense, Romo was intercepted by Redskins rookie Richard Crawford. Walking to the sideline, Romo gave intended receiver Kevin Ogletree a talking-to.

The Redskins then drove into field-goal range, before Forbath sent his 37-yard attempt off the right upright, ending his NFL-record streak of 17 consecutive makes to begin a career. Forbath made two field goals last week to surpass Saints kicker Garrett Hartley's old mark of 16 in a row.

Dallas' second drive also ended with Romo's pass getting picked off, this time by cornerback Josh Wilson at Washington's 13. The Redskins again did not capitalize, needing to punt the ball back.

The Cowboys were seeking the first division title and playoff berth since 2009. The Redskins, meanwhile, sought their first trip to the postseason since 2007 — and first NFC East championship since 1999. Washington finished in last place each of the past four seasons.

Washington entered the day on a six-game winning streak and with a 9-6 record, while Dallas came in 8-7.

A victory over Dallas would make Washington the first club since the 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars to get to the playoffs after opening 3-6.

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