ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo's ribs held up just fine. So did Dan Bailey's leg.
Romo persevered through pain to lead enough deep drives to set up Bailey for six field goals, including a 40-yarder with 1:57 left to give the Cowboys an 18-16 victory over the Redskins on Monday night.
Dallas' Anthony Spencer chopped the ball from Washington quarterback Rex Grossman with 28 seconds left, and linebacker Sean Lee recovered it, sealing the victory.
"This was a great win for us," said Romo, who was 22-of-36 for 255 yards. "It was a hard, hard game. … We had a million mistakes tonight. We have a lot of young guys, but they were out there for a reason."
Romo, injured Sept. 18 against the 49ers, lacked zip and accuracy and had trouble with four snaps from his new center. But he was at his best with the game on the line.
He hit Laurent Robinson for a 25-yard gain to set up Bailey's fifth field goal. Romo then set up the winner on third and 21 with a scrambling 30-yarder to Dez Bryant — against cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who last week said he hoped "to put my helmet on whatever's hurt." To make matters worse for Hall, he was flagged for a facemask penalty during the tackle to give Dallas another 15 yards.
Bailey, an undrafted rookie, was named the nation's top college kicker last season, at Oklahoma State.
Romo wasn't the only Dallas player to play through pain. Bryant missed the 49ers game with a thigh injury, and Felix Jones separated a shoulder against San Francisco but ran for a career-high 115 yards.
Romo threw an interception that was more like a punt on a play foiled by one of several bad snaps from Phil Costa. Two snaps shot toward Romo when he wasn't ready; two others were quite off-target.
Grossman's 1-yard touchdown to Tim Hightower gave the Redskins a 16-9 lead in the third quarter. The rest of Washington's points came from former Florida State kicker Graham Gano, who made field goals of 50, 46 and 27 yards.