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Redskins vs. Cowboys 2012: Washington S Madieu Williams comes up big

Redskins safety Madieu Williams hasn't exactly been in good graces with the team's fans this season, but he may have made them temporarily forget about that after making a big play to steal a potential late touchdown from Dez Bryant and the Cowboys on Thursday.

Ronald Martinez

Washington Redskins safety Madieu Williams has had his struggles this year, something that Hogs Haven's Kevin Ewoldt has been vocal about over the course of the season.

While Williams has been caught flat-footed and failed to stay deeper than the opposing team's deepest receiver on multiple occasions, he made a play in Thursday's win over the Dallas Cowboys that will have Redskins fans forgetting about those transgressions -- for now, at least.

I've hammered Madieu Williams on this site all year but his hit on Dez Bryant in the endzone to break up the TD was huge.

Although Williams and the Redskins defense allowed Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to throw for 441 yards and three touchdowns, he came up big when it mattered.

With Washington clinging to a two-score lead and Dallas desperately needing a touchdown, Romo heaved a pass toward the end zone that was initially hauled in by Dez Bryant. However, Williams laid a punishing hit on Bryant as he was falling to the ground, jarring the ball out of the back of the end zone.

Dallas eventually settled for a field goal, and failed to recover the ensuing onside kick, sealing a 38-31 victory for the Redskins.