Kirk Cousins took control of the Washington Redskins’ offense tonight against the Chicago Bears and ran with it.
Cousins, a rookie, had three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter alone, leading his team to 21 straight points and a 31-30 lead with 2:09 remaining in the game.
But a final push by the Bears’ offense set up kicker Robbie Gould for a 57-yard, game-winning field goal — and he nailed it, giving the Bears a 33-31 home win at Solider Field.
Though there were several frustrating moments for the Redskins in tonight’s game, the play of Cousins and the Redskins’ second-team offense was certainly nothing to bat an eye at. The fourth-round selection in April’s NFL Draft finished his second career game completing 18-of-23 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns.
Cousins’ first touchdown drive came early in the fourth quarter when he took the snap and rolled out, throwing across his body to Paul in the corner of the end zone for the 5-yard score. It was the highlight of a 15-play, 68-yard drive that took 7:56 off the clock.
The momentum continued to swing the Redskins’ way, who cut the deficit to six points when Cousins continued his strong play, finding receiver Aldrick Robinson for a 49-yard touchdown reception — most of which was the product of Robinson’s shaking and baking after the catch. The play was the longest for the Redskins’ offense in the preseason since 2009.
The Bears then were forced into a three-and-out on their next possession, setting up a potential go-ahead drive for Cousins and the Redskins offense. The drive started promising with a 21-yard pass-and-catch from Cousins to Robinson. But on the next play, running back Antwon Bailey fumbled, giving the Bears the ball back on the Washington 47-yard line.
But another fumble — this time by the Bears — gave Cousins and the Redskins’ offense one more chance at a go-ahead drive. Chicago quarterback Josh McCown found receiver Chris Summers for a 24-yard reception, but safety Reed Doughty stripped the ball, leading to a recovery by cornerback Brandyn Thompson at the Washington 15.
Seven plays and 85 yards later, Cousins and the Washington offense tied the game with a 17-yard touchdown throw to Dezmon Briscoe. The extra point by kicker Graham Gano was good, giving the Redskins their first lead of the game at 31-30 with 2:09 remaining.
But the Bears weren’t done fighting. They got to the Redskins’ 39-yard line and faced a 4th and 10 with 38 seconds remaining when Gould was sent out to attempt the 57-yarder. He nailed it, and, after a unsuccessful last drive for the Redskins, gave his team the win.
The field goal also ruined a nice night for Robinson, who finished with six receptions for 104 yards and that 49-yard score. Briscoe also had 3 catches for 51 yards.
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