It was an old-school match-up that had all the trimmings.
Lead changes. Fourth-down gambles. Field goals. Turnovers. And more.
In the end, the Dallas Cowboys edged Washington 27-23 in a key, early NFC East game at FedEx Field.
Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott completed 22 of 30 passes for 292 yards to get his first NFL win. He scored his first NFL touchdown in the third quarter on a 6-yard run.
Dallas (1-1) took the opening kickoff and drove from their 20 to the Redskins’ 5.
Dez Bryant had two catches for 35 yards on the drive and Cole Beasley had two grabs for 39 yards.
However, with first and goal at the 5, the Cowboys struggled.
Two incompletions and a 1-yard run by Ezekiel Elliott forced a 22-yard field goal by Dan Bailey for a 3-0 lead.
After forcing a punt and being aided by a missed connection between Kirk Cousins and a wide open Jamison Crowder, the Cowboys followed with a 94-yard drive.
The drive took only nine plays. The big play was a fourth-and-1 gamble at the Redskins’ 30 when Prescott threw a 28-yard completion to tight end Geoff Swaim. Elliott got the touchdown on a 1-yard run for a 10-0 lead.
The Redskins countered with a 75-yard touchdown drive in eight plays.
Matt Jones got the touchdown on a 14-yard run to make it 10-7 early in the second quarter.
After an exchange of punts, the Cowboys added a 31-yard field goal by Bailey to push their lead to 13-7 at the 4:34 mark.
Dustin Hopkins tacked on a 36-yard field goal to make it 13-10 at halftime
The Redskins began the second half with Cousins hitting Jamison on an 11-yard touchdown and a 17-13 lead.
However, the Cowboys used the running game to move into scoring position then had Prescott scramble 6 yards for a touchdown to regain the lead at 20-17.
It was Prescott’s first NFL touchdown.
The Cowboys tried to fool the Redskins with an onside kick, but the ball didn’t travel 10 years and was covered by Barry Church.
After the penalty, the Redskins took possession at the Cowboys’ 38.
Six plays later, Hopkins made a 29-yard field goal to tie the game at 20-20 at the 2:06 mark.
An Elliott fumble led to the Redskins regaining the lead.
He also had his first NFL fumble when he was stripped of the ball by Josh Norman and the ball recovered by Dashaun Phillips.
Three plays later, Hopkins made a 22-yard field goal to give the Redskins a 23-20 lead after three quarters.
After a Dallas punt, the Redskins finally hit the deep ball with a 57-yard completion to rookie Josh Doctson of TCU and Mansfield Legacy High School.
But five plays later, Barry Church intercepted Cousins in the end zone to kill the drive.
The Cowboys used the turnover to regain the lead.
Alfred Morris, who came to the Cowboys from the Redskins during free agency, scored on a 4-yard run to complete an 80-yard drive and give Dallas a 27-23 lead with 4:45 left in the game.
The Redskins drove to their 44. On fourth and 1, Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant batted down a pass intended to Pierre Garcon on a slant route to kill the drive.
The Cowboys were forced to punt and the Redskins got the ball back with 1:30 left to play.
However, a fourth-down Hail Mary pass from the Cowboys’ 41 on the final play of the game sailed out of the back of the end zone.