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Washington Redskins Blow Early Lead, Fall to Green Bay Packers

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 10: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins looks on against the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Everything seemed fine in the second quarter for the Washington Redskins. They were leading 11-0, and then, the Green Bay Packers attacked. The Skins wouldn’t be able to come back, and were eliminated from the playoffs.

The Skins got on the board first in the first quarter, when Preston Smith sacked Aaron Rodgers right into the end zone, giving them an early 2-0 advantage.They almost went up 9-0 on a DeSean Jackson touchdown that was later waived off when referees realized it was out of bounds. So, on the third down, they sufficed for a field goal.

They finally capitalized on a touchdown in the second quarter, when Kirk Cousins found Jordan Reed down the middle of 24 yards. However, Dustin Hopkins missed the extra point, keeping the score at 11-0. Until… Green Bay happened.

Rodgers made a 9-point play, first firing a pass to Randall Cobb for the touchdown, and then capitalizing on a two-point conversion. After that, it took almost four minutes for the Packers to take the lead, 17-11 going into halftime.

On the first drive of the second half, it was all Cousins, whose touchdown run helped the Skins retake the lead, 18-17. However, that drive would be the end of the road for the Skins offense.

James Starks scored mid-way through the third to help the Packers take a 24-18 lead, and then, in the fourth quarter, they made their lead 32-18 after an Eddie Lacy touchdown and yet another two point conversion.

A late field goal would put the final nail in the coffin, and that would be the final score.

“It stings right now, but I think we’re building something good here,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruen said. “I’m very proud of these guys, man… I really like the future of this football team.”

The Packers will advance to the next round and face the Arizona Cardinals. This is their chance at a rematch and opportunity to redeem themselves.

“There’s not too many times you have the opportunity to go back and have a re-do,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “We’re looking forward to it.”

 

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