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Cousins Spikes His Way Into Top Plays

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 17, 2013 – 4:48 pm

(AP images)

(AP images)

For anyone that has kept tabs on the blog during the slowest days of the NFL calendar, you have seen that NFL.com’s top 100 plays from 2012 has been jam-packed with the Redskins.

The first three cameos made by Washington involved Robert Griffin III showcasing his bravery in battle (not afraid to throw the ball in the air to a “small” receiver in Santana Moss for example) while Ryan Kerrigan snatched a spot on the list with one of Matt Ryan’s three touchdown passes on the day.

Then to celebrate the Redskins’ fifth spot on the list was DC’s favorite celebration—“Griffining”.

While No. 10 certainly deserves his own top plays list, backup Kirk Cousins made sure that the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year wasn’t the only first year pro to make some noise.

Coming in at No. 35 is “Captain” Kirk Cousins leading the troops to victory over the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Redskins-Ravens Chesapeake State rivalry game Cousins came into the game for the injured Griffin III.

With less than a minute left in the contest and trailing by a touchdown and some, Cousins had 26 yards to discovery the end zone.

On Cousins first snap of the game he found Leonard Hankerson for a 15 yard completion.

Then, just like Griffin III did to open up his NFL career, Cousins found Pierre Garcon for a touchdown. While the excitement of another touchdown had Redskins Nation on their feet pointing high in the sky Griffin III style, the Redskins still needed to convert a two-point conversion just to send the game to overtime.

As the Redskins lined up for the two-pointer most thought they would do one of two things:

  1. Hand the ball off to Evan Royster
  2. Air it out

A quarterback draw, however, was not on very many minds. After all Griffin III wasn’t in the game and running isn’t consider Cousins’ forte.

But he isn’t that slow.

Of course the Redskins would go on to win the contest in extra time thanks to the heroics of another rookie—Richard Crawford.

Time will tell when the Redskins find their way onto NFL.com’s top 100 plays once again.

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