ARLINGTON, Texas – Ezekiel Elliott made the $21 donation after his touchdown. Amari Cooper took the freebie following the first of his two scores.
The bonus for the Dallas Cowboys: They're all the way back in the NFC East race.
Cooper celebrated his first touchdown with a mock free throw before a 90-yard score that sent him to a Dallas Thanksgiving-record 180 yards receiving, and the Cowboys pulled even with Washington atop the division with a 31-23 victory over the Redskins (6-5) on Thursday.
Elliott ran for 121 yards with his TD and cash celebration as the Cowboys (6-5) won their third consecutive game since their first home loss, to Tennessee in the Dallas debut of Cooper. Dallas' eighth victory in nine Thanksgiving games against Washington, and second in three years, earned a season split.
"Everyone jumped off the bandwagon, of course, at 3-5," quarterback Dak Prescott said. "You expect that. I can tell you who didn't doubt ourselves. As long as we locked arms, we stayed tight, we knew we could do this and we can do more. That's the only thing that matters to us."
After Elliott scored on a 16-yard run, he dropped $21 into a giant Salvation Army red kettle behind the end zone. The cash was handed to him by a team photographer.
As a rookie in 2016, Elliott jumped into the kettle on the same part of the field after a touchdown in a 31-26 victory over the Redskins. That season's NFL rushing champion, who wears No. 21, was fined for the stunt and later donated $21,000 to the Salvation Army.
Washington left tackle Trent Williams was taken to a hospital after the game for precautionary reasons after getting hit in the chest but only missing one play. The six-time Pro Bowl player had missed the past three games because of a dislocated right thumb.