The Dallas Cowboys salvaged a December road victory and a glimmer of playoff hope Monday in Washington, beating the Redskins 19-16 in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football.

With nine seconds left in regulation, Cowboys place kicker, Dan Bailey, split the uprights on a 54 yard field goal to give Dallas the win and snap the Redskins home winning streak at five games.

There is now a three way tie atop the much maligned NFC East, where the Redskins Giants and Eagles all sit at 5-7.

Despite losing eight of their last nine games, Dallas (4-8) now finds themselves only one game back of the division lead with four to play.

In the event of a four way tie atop the division, it's worth noting Dallas currently controls the tiebreak with an NFC East best 3-2 division record.

With Monday Night's win, Matt Cassel became the first Cowboys QB not named Tony Romo to win a game since Stephen McGee beat the Eagles 14-13 in the 2010 finale.

Next Sunday, the Cowboys return to Lambeau Field for the first time since last year's "no catch" divisional round heartbreaker for a showdown with the Green Bay Packers (8-4).

While the Cowboys face the challenge of preparing on a short week, the Packers will enter Sunday's contest fresh off a ten day lay-off following their galvanizing come from behind win over the Lions last Thursday.