IRVING –– In his last press conference before Sunday's do-or-die showdown against the Redskins, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett talked about the emotions that his team is facing as they get ready for a winner take all matchup.
"We talk a lot about focusing on the task at hand," Garrett said. "We have to focus on playing our best football against the Redskins. The way to do that is to come in and prepare yourself each and every day to the best of your ability. Certainly there are a lot of emotions that go with the game every week. Certainly there are a lot of emotions that go with this game. The focus is on execution and doing your job."
Garrett says he also depends on his veteran leadership to reemphasize his message and help players get into the right frame of mind.
"I think you talk to your team about having the right perspective and the right approach for every game," Garrett said. "We certainly understand what the implications of this game are. Again, you just want to play your best. You want to coach your best and play your best. That comes through preparation and getting your mind right and then just going to do your job."
On his morning radio show, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reiterated that the key to beating the Redskins comes to containing Robert Griffin III.
"We can't let RG III have a quarter like he had in the second quarter against us at Cowboys Stadium," Jones said. "That's a must right there. That's on the defense. We have got to do some things to take that option away from him. That's saying a lot. That's going to be the key, just not let him have a second quarter like he had out here against us in the stadium."
The Redskins scored 28 points against Dallas in the second quarter on Thanksgiving Day as Washington beat the Cowboys 38 to 31. If the Cowboys want to make the playoffs, they'll have to win against Washington Sunday.