I'm not here to taunt you Browns fans. (OK, I am, but hear me out. ...)
You Browns guys knew what you had to do in week 16 against the Bengals; clinching the playoffs was in your grasp — and the Browns choked. You can say all you want about moral victories, but in the NFL, winning is the best way to control your destiny.
The Browns did it Sunday— playing so-so against a bad 49ers team, I might add — but not when it mattered. That left Browns fans rooting for the Titans to lose. And not only did the Titans scrap the Browns' playoff hopes, they did what the Redskins had to do to reach the playoffs: Get one in the 'W' column.
Today I'm blogging while walking on cloud nine after the 'Skins took care of business Sunday.
There's nothing quite like beating your worst enemy. Even better, we hammered the Cowboys at home to make the playoffs.
I can hear the Cowgirls fans now: "We didn't have Terrell Owens." "Romo was playing with a glove." "The game didn't mean anything." "We had already clinched the division and the first week bye." "Romo's back-up is an ex-Redskin who hadn't gotten much work this year."
Excuses, excuses. Waa. Waa.
A 21-point butt-whooping is a 21-point butt-whooping. Obviously, the 'Skins wanted this game more than the Cowgirls. They dominated on every side of the ball.
I think Romo wanted a win; he's too much of a competitor not to. And Dallas should have wanted this game equally bad — as Jimmy Johnson pointed out, Sunday was a great opportunity for the Cowboys (sorry, the Cowgirls) to knock their archrivals out of the playoff picture.
And they choked. Pure and simple.
The Cowgirls' statistics tell the story: 1 rushing yard (for the total game!), 64 total yards in the first half and 6+ dropped balls. At one point in the first half, half of Dallas' first downs came from Redskin penalties.
And when the Cowgirls were in the red zone, Gregg Williams' defense clamped down. The irony of the 'Skins' big victory is they'll face nothing but rematches: the Seahawks, the Bucs (both of whom the 'Skins faced in opposite order in the 2005 playoffs), the Giants, the Pack and even the Cowgirls.
Any of those will be tough games, but I think the 'Skins can feasibly take the Seahawks, Bucs or the Giants. And that's not counting the revenge factor of earlier losses.
Honestly, the Cowgirls might not be even in the playoff picture much longer. Commentator and ex-QB Troy Aikman made a good point: You want to be playing your best ball at the end of the season. The fact is Dallas has been struggling. Their offense, in the last four weeks, hasn't looked much like the high-powered offense that seemed to score at will earlier in the season.
For the record, I don't take 'Skins-Cowgirls games lightly; I'm not comfortable with big leads unless it's 40+ points. I was a nervous wreck Sunday until Todd Collins took a knee with under 2 minutes left, when the Cowgirls couldn't do anything about the clock.
I'm not doing any more conjecturing about a possible 'Skins-Cowgirls rematch. As good as a 27-6 victory feels, the Redskins and I have one thing on our minds: the Seattle Seahawks. Go 'Skins!