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Cowboys win in thrilling finish to ugly game

BACK IN CHARGE: Johnny Manziel, dropped to third string by the Browns a week after being named the starter, appears in line to get his starting job back this weekend.

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BACK IN CHARGE: Johnny Manziel, dropped to third string by the Browns a week after being named the starter, appears in line to get his starting job back this weekend.

LANDOVER, Md. — With a wild finish capping an otherwise dull game filled with turnovers, punts and penalties, the Cowboys beat Washington 19-16 on Dan Bailey's 54-yard field goal with 9 seconds left Monday night.

After combining for 18 points in the first 581/2 minutes, the teams had 17 in the last 90 seconds. Dallas scored the game's first touchdown to lead 16-9 after recovering DeSean Jackson's fumble on a punt return, Washington tied it on Jackson's 28-yard TD catch then Bailey hit the go-ahead kick.

Dez Bryant's sideline pouting aside, the Cowboys remained in the hunt in the woeful NFC East. Last-place Dallas is 4-8, one game behind Washington, the Giants and Eagles, who are 5-7.

Manziel reinstated

Quarterback Johnny Manziel will exit the doghouse and return to the starting lineup Sunday when the Browns host the 49ers, ESPN reported.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he would decide Monday whether to turn back to Manziel or give Austin Davis his second straight start on the heels of Sunday's 37-3 loss to the Bengals. Last week, Pettine said the organization wanted to see Manziel play again this season.

The Browns didn't announce the decision.

Manziel spent the past two games on the bench after being punished for his off-field behavior.

RAMS FIRE ASSISTANT: The Rams, next to last in offense in the NFL, fired offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti. Rob Boras, assistant head coach/offense and tight ends coach, will take over the coordinating duties. St. Louis has lost five in a row and had a season low for points in a 27-3 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. Before the skid, the franchise had a winning record in November for the first time since 2006.

PROGRESS FOR MANNING: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will suit up and throw outdoors this week as he begins his comeback from a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, although it's unlikely he'll participate in practice.

TV SWAP: The NFL changed the Week 15 schedule to move the Cardinals-Eagles matchup into prime time on Dec. 20. The previously scheduled Sunday Night Football game between the Bengals and 49ers was moved to 4:25 p.m. on Ch. 10. Cardinals-Eagles will air at 8:30 p.m. on Ch. 8.

BILLS: Coach Rex Ryan isn't sure whether starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore can recover from a shoulder injury in time to play against the Eagles on Sunday. Gilmore was hurt Sunday.

COLTS: Coach Chuck Pagano said he expects quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to play this weekend with a fractured rib and a sore neck. Hasselbeck left Sunday night's game complaining of neck and shoulder pain.

JAGUARS: Receiver Allen Hurns was cleared to practice this week and play against the Colts on Sunday. Hurns missed Sunday's loss at Tennessee because of a concussion. … Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny broke his right hand Sunday but has not been ruled out for the rest of the year.

PACKERS: Tight end Andrew Quarless was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $1,000 for firing a gun in Miami Beach in July. The judge ordered Quarless to take an anger management class and a firearms safety class, and to forfeit the gun.

RAVENS: The NFL suspended rookie tight end Nick Boyle without pay for the remaining four games of the season for violating league policy on performance-enhancing substances.

SEAHAWKS: Cornerback Cary Williams, who started the first 10 games of the season before getting benched, was released.

Cowboys win in thrilling finish to ugly game 12/07/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 12:00am]
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