Cowboys have chance to write new story

IRVING, Texas – When Jason Witten got off the plane in California on a beautiful July day, the Cowboys’ Pro Bowl tight end laid out the mantra for the 2012 season: It can’t be the same old story.

With one game to go, the Cowboys have a pen in their hands with the ability to write a different story with a win Sunday at Washington.

The Cowboys lost in a winner-take-all game last January to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.

“At some point you’ve got to grab those opportunities,” Witten said. “When they’re not around, it’s hard. A lot of work’s been done to this point. Now what happens? You saw the Giants (last year). Again it’s not about the emotion. It’s about execution. What did they do? They executed and they beat us and they got on a roll. Focus on that moreso the emotion of we’ve been here and done that. Focus on how do we play better against this team?”

The empty feeling after the Giants’ loss has been shared with the newcomers on the roster this year.

“That’s a bad feeling, man,” Witten said. “That’s a bitter taste no matter if you’re a rookie or a 10-year vet. It’s hard to get in that situation where you’re competing for that. You’ve got to do everything you can to go play.”