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Fletcher: Dallas 'didn't deserve to win'

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP)

After Sunday's 7-6 thriller, the Cowboys are now 5-1 all-time against the Redskins in one-point games. (The teams have also tied twice.)

The "1," though, is fairly well-remembered, and makes lots of Washingtonians' lists of the greatest Skins-Cowboys moments of all time. That would be the 14-13 Monday Night miracle in 2005, full of all those Mark Brunell and Santana Moss heroics in Dallas.

The Cowboys had been dominant throughout that game. The Redskins had been thoroughly inept on offense, and still had a doughnut late in the fourth quarter. Man, do I love doughnuts. But Moss scored with about four minutes left, and then caught the go-ahead touchdown with 2:35 on the clock, just six fewer seconds than remained when Patrick Crayton reached the end zone on Sunday.

"You have to learn to close the show, and we didn't do that," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said after that 2005 game. "When you let a team hang around, that can happen."

"A 13-0 lead is not enough," DeMarcus Ware said. "There is never enough. Even if we are up all the way to the end, we need to play the whole game."

"We had the opportunities to end the game, and put it out of reach," Drew Bledsoe said. "You just can't let them hang around."

Which is what you usually say when you lose in such heartbreaking fashion. When Larry Michael asked a distraught London Fletcher about Sunday's loss during the Redskins Radio Broadcast Network post-game show, he chose not to use that old cliche.

"Just, you know, hurting," Fletcher said, when asked for his thoughts. "Just trying to figure out what we could have did a little bit different at the end to keep them out of the end zone, because we played so well defensively. And they really didn't deserve to win this game. I think we played well enough to [win]."

Sam Huff then suggested that you should win any time you hold the opponent to seven points.

"The defense did a lot of great things today," Fletcher said. "We look at it like we still could have held them. Even when they got into our red zone we still could hold them to three points. Unfortunately we gave up the touchdown. That was the difference in the game."

On the same postgame show, Jim Zorn said something or other, but it was sort of confusing.

"We're just absolutely sick over the situation," the coach said. "I thought our defense just really played well against a very good offense. You know, we had a couple of little draw plays hurt us, but for the most part we kept Tony at bay, and just one drive at the end did it. And then on offense we tried to stay with our plan, we tried to have some ball control, get some time so we could keep their offense off the field, but then move the ball, too, and we did. We just struggled to complete those [drives].

"You know, just that's the same old drive to where we could get ourselves into the end zone. Obviously the two field goals hurt, but we still had a chance at the end. You've just got to play the game as it goes along, and you can't say any one play can win the game until it does, and then you can't say any play loses the game until it does, and then that's the way it goes."

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 23, 2009; 12:04 PM ET
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First....To say this hurts.

Posted by: delfranklin4 | November 23, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

You know, it's just more fun after the DannySkins lose at home. On the road, we just have the inept play of the offense to talk about. Any signs at Jerry Jones Stadium yesterday?

Posted by: Leeguru | November 23, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Jim Zorn stares at goats.

Posted by: fourteenth_and_otis | November 23, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"And they really didn't deserve to win this game."


As a Redskin's fan under Dan Snyder, you live with "No Offense" and you die with "No Offense". Neither team "deserved" to win, but usually the team with the better record prevails. That is why there are always winners and losers, and so far all Redskin teams under Dan Snyder are Losers.

Posted by: JohnWWW | November 23, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The more and more Zorn talks, the more and more I am convinced the team is progressing, inspite of Zorn. The Z man has to be the most unprepared head coach in the league. He is so out of his league that it jumps out in all his interviews.

Fire Zorn, then Fire the idiots that hired him. That would be Cerrato and Snyder. Since Snyder will not sell the team, I will take Cerrato's head on a platter.

FIRE Vinny!!!!!!

Posted by: skinfannomore | November 23, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, they played well enough to win, and pitiful enough to deserve the loss.

Posted by: keedrow | November 23, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

A team that can't score a touchdown has no room to say that the other team didn't deserve to win.

Posted by: cao091402 | November 23, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"Deserve ain't got nuthin to do with it."

- Snoop Pearson

Posted by: timc3 | November 23, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

London: I guess that's why you score points! Case in point with 15 seconds left your GURU coach didnt toss 1 pass into the end zone ( knowing the clock stops afterwards ) As to they didnt deserve to win comment plain and simple. NFL games are lost, not won! Your D choked when it mattered the most. BTW... Marion Barber rushed for 100 yards!

Hail victory

( We cant score touchdowns, we just take the 3 )

Posted by: rlomax67 | November 23, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"Jim Zorn stares at goats"

I believe that Zorn is the goat in this case. Unfortunately he doesn't just keel over and croak like they do in the movies.

Posted by: Megskin | November 23, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Were there more problems than usual with the Sherm to Sherm to Jason play calling?

Posted by: jnsbear | November 23, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Fletcher and Sam Huff, what world are you living on?

They didn't the serve the win? They outplayed the Skins and scored more points. They outright won the game, no one deserves anything, you go out there and you take it. They did.

Any time you hold your opponent to seven points you should win? NO, if your opponent holds you to less than that.

Get over it, and start playing better.

Posted by: hock1 | November 23, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

When the defensive players say "we deserve to win because we held them to 7"...well guess what? Their defense also held your offense to 6 points. So what? People talk like victory is guaranteed if you hold opposing an offense to a certain number of points. Even if you hold the offense to zero points, you still aren't guaranteed a win. So enough with the rubbish "if you hold a team to x points, you'll win".

Next time, stop Romo from scoring a TD when you are only leading by 6. Or score a defensive TD or two. Then maybe you can talk about the offense losing.

Posted by: tundey | November 23, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

London was correct when he said they played well enough to win.. They just didn't play good enough to win. One point is the difference between celebration and sadness. Get over it Deadskins. Quit crying and take it like a man. Don't worry; Losses do not show up on your paychecks!! I believe that is what most of them are playing for. Albert looked pretty comfortable with 41M in his pocket and not getting hit on yesterday. Danny Boy should request a contract negotiation for Albert misrepresenting himself!! "How 'Bout Them Cowboys??"

Posted by: heygriff | November 23, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"On the same postgame show, Jim Zorn said something or other, but it was sort of confusing." -- Steinz

Dan, the "but it was sort of confusing" part of your statement is sort of from the Department of Redundancy Department.

Whenever you use the words "Jim Zorn said..." it's implicit that whatever follows will be "sort of confusing."

Posted by: 4-12 | November 23, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

LOL @ "Deserve aint got nothin to do with it." London I understand how you feel but you know as well as I do that they only thing that matters is the final score.

Posted by: tywill28 | November 23, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

So Sam Huff says you should win any time you hold your opponent to seven points.
Well, not if they hold you to six points.
No doubt, a former Cowboys player somewhere is saying "you should win any time you hold an opponent to six points".'s meaningless, what Huff said.

Posted by: SCOTSGUARDS | November 23, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

What I want to know is why nobody is talking about Coach Zorn 'icing' his own kicker at the end of the first half? 8-10 minutes standing around on the field waiting to kick is enough to make any kicker miss a 'chip' shot field goal. Why do you think opposing coaches call time out before field goals??? Zorn and/or Danny Smith should have pulled the kicker over to the sideline while they were waiting for the refs to sort things out. Of course the correct thing to do would have been to take one last shot at the end zone on 3rd down with 15 seconds remaining...but that would have been too much to ask from the 'Skins! Don't blame the kicker for missing that kick...think about standing over your ball for 8-10 minutes before teeing good would your swing be?

Posted by: bobleme | November 23, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

they scored more points so they deserved to win. i don't understand fletcher's point here other then he is disappointed they lost and is having trouble coming to terms with that.

Posted by: funkey | November 23, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

OMG..the DEADskin sickos have over run the city......Suck it up......a loser team always finds a way to LOSE......well, unless you're facing Chris Simms team that has NO CHANCE to score....

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | November 23, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Skins are mediocre. Cowboys are one point away from mediocre. Neither one of these teams is going anywhere.

Posted by: sportsfan2 | November 23, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I say the Redskins should have won that game but they could not score when they needed to.I also say that they should loose the rest of their games and get a real GM and get the highest draft pick that they can! FIRE Vinny and rebuild the offensive line so they can get some protection for the QB! Bring in Russ Grimm and get rid of the west coast offense! Let Orakpo play where he belongs on the d-line! Stop letting talented player go like the one who blocked the kick for the Eagles last night! VINNY SUCKS!! I don`t know of any team that has won a superbowl without a GM but the Redskins do not think that they need one! WTF is that? If you want to play the west coast offense then get a QB that can run it!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | November 23, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the skins can sign MeBalzishari to replace Ladell Betts. I hear he's quite a stallion !

All Hail!

Posted by: rlomax67 | November 23, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

First to say that the wedge penalty was probably the first called all year !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | November 23, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

The whole "didn't deserve to win" and "better team lost" thing is soooo lame. If you were better you would have won the game. The only time that's warranted is if a team was robbed by an obvious last minute referee mistake. Otherwise, get over it!

Posted by: nojunk4me | November 24, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

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