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Fourth Quarter Conclusions: #DALvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 22, 2013 – 3:15 pm



DeMarco Murray ran backwards.

Perry Riley Jr. chased him down, tossing the running back to the turf for a 9-yard loss on a third-and-goal play from the 1-yard line. The stop could have defined a much-needed win over a bitter rival, but Washington lost on fourth down.

There would be no picture perfect ending for London Fletcher’s home finale.

On fourth-and-10, Murray fielded a short throw from Romo in the flat and banged into the end zone to tie the game at 23-23. Dan Bailey’s extra point slapped against the net for the dagger.

The  Cowboys (8-7) broke .500 and kept their playoff hopes alive at FedExField Sunday. The Redskins allowed 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to lose their seventh straight game.

Tony Romo completed 17-of-27 passes for 226 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. His 53-yard completion to Terrance Williams on the Cowboy’s final scoring drive shifted the momentum.

A week after Dallas was criticized for not sticking with the run, Murray carried 22 times for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Kirk Cousins hit 21-of-36 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. His final throw sailed out of bounds to end an unsuccessful comeback attempt.

Pierre Garcon passed Art Monk as the franchise’s all-time leading receiver in a single season. His 107 receptions in 2013 are a new club mark.

Garcon had more than 100 yards receiving before halftime. He finished the day with 11 catches for 144 yards and a score. On Washington’s final drive, his shoulders slumped as Cousins’ pass traveled well short of its intended receiver.

Alfred Morris handled 24 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown. He couldn’t find room to run when the Redskins needed to bleed out the clock.

Washington had an opportunity to play spoiler but fell one point short. It’s one more blow in a demoralizing season. Read more »

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GIF: Romo Toss Turns To Morris Homer

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 22, 2013 – 3:03 pm



Two things before we speak of the  touchdown.

–Pierre Garcon is now the franchise’s single season receptions king with 107…and counting.

–Alfred Morris is getting better and better as this game goes along.

Back to the touchdown, shades of December 30th, 2012 were on display that drive as the Redskins put the offense on Morris’ back and he delivered with a four-yard touchdown.

GIF of the interception below:

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GIF: Clutts Move Opens Door For Garcon

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 22, 2013 – 2:49 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

What a Clutts!

The Dallas Cowboys hoped to come out of the gates swinging in the second half.

They went for an uppercut…and missed with authority.

Cornerback Josh Wilson forced and recovered a Tyler Clutts fumble, allowing the offense to go to work on short field.

After a combination of Alfred Morris runs and short, economic plays through the air, the Redskins got to within one on Pierre Garcon’s single season record tying catch.

GIF of the drive capper below:

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Papa John’s Redskins Touchdown Special

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 22, 2013 – 2:47 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

It’s Redskins Day at Papa John’s.

A day after every Redskins game, fans can order a large cheese pizza for only $9.99, plus for each touchdown the Redskins score, fans get one free topping.

Papa Johns logoAnd with a Redskins victory, fans get double the toppings.

That eight-yard Pierre Garcon touchdown reception gets you one free topping — hopefully it isn’t the last!

Who’s hungry?

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Third Quarter Thoughts: #DALvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 22, 2013 – 2:30 pm



Kirk Cousins and Santana Moss could not complete the four-minute drill at the end of the first half.

Cousins completed passes of 26 and 12 yards but threw a pass behind Moss that was dropped and intercepted. The Redskins quarterback finished the first half 13-of-20 with 132 yards passing.

Tony Romo sidestepped E.J. Biggers and made the Redskins pay on the previous drive.

The cornerback was unblocked on a second-quarter blitz, but Romo eluded him to toss a 14-yard touchdown to Dez Bryant.

The Cowboys have converted in the red zone, and the Redskins have not. Read more »

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Second Quarter Summary: #DALvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 22, 2013 – 1:44 pm



After a debacle on the first punt of the game, Washington’s special teams steadied to give the Redskins solid field position in the first quarter. Santana Moss had an 18-yard punt return that led to a field goal, and Sav Rocca had a punt downed at Dallas’ 2-yard line.

The Redskins started with a sputter.

Because of an illegal snap penalty, Washington’s offense netted -4 yards on its first drive. The punt coverage unit made the absence of Dwayne Harris moot. Micheal Spurlock returned a punt for 62 yards, and it took Dallas 11 seconds to score.

Kirk Cousins found his rhythm on the second drive, leading the Redskins to three first downs, but Washington had to punt.

First quarter high: Pierre Garcon catches his 100th pass of the season.

First quarter low: DeMarco Murray scores on a 3-yard run on the second play after Spurlock’s big return.

Follow the live blog below for a running summary of the second quarter. Read more »

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Homecoming Surprise At Redskins Game

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 22, 2013 – 1:38 pm

At today’s game, in a continuing effort to recognize and honor those serving our country, the Washington Redskins hosted a special, on-field homecoming surprise for AD2 Jeron Hunter of the United States Navy and his family.

Hunter is stationed near, Atsugsi, Japan aboard the USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Hunter is the night check supervisor for Power Plants and the only Collateral Duty Inspector in the work center.

Hunter is a Fort Washington, Md. native and the son of a retired Navy Senior Chief. His mother currently works for the Navy at Military Sealift Command Headquarters in Washingon, D.C. Hunter has not taken leave to visit his family in more than 18 months.

During a timeout in the first quarter, Hunter’s family was escoted onto the FedExField playing surface to watch a video of Hunter sending best wishes from overseas. After the video presentation, Hunter emerged from the tunnel to surprise his family and reunite in an emotional scene in FedExField’s west end zone.

Click here for a complete photo gallery of the special moment.

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VIDEO: London Fletcher’s Entrance

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 22, 2013 – 1:07 pm

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First Quarter Happenings: #DALvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 22, 2013 – 12:57 pm

This one’s for London.

If this is indeed the last home stand at FedExField for London Fletcher, the veteran linebacker picked a perfect day. The hated Cowboys are in town, and with a little help from Philadelphia, Washington could have an opportunity to spoil Dallas’ postseason plans.

Rain has been intermittently falling on the turf here in Landover, Md. A sloppy field could trigger a runner’s duel, which would allow Fletcher a greater number of plays to patrol sideline to sideline and make DeMarco Murray’s life miserable. Dallas is again facing December woes. The Cowboys (7-7) blew a 23-point lead to Green Bay last week and are on a two-game losing streak.

Washington (3-11) desperately needs a win. The Redskins are in the midst of a six-game slide, but last week’s last minute loss at Atlanta showcased an explosive offense with Kirk Cousins under center. Washington couldn’t overcome seven turnovers. Ball security will be paramount today in slippery conditions.

Whether the Redskins mine extra motivation out of Fletcher’s supposed farewell or put forth the same effort that’s frustrated fans all season remains to be seen. The injury report favors Washington. Dwayne Harris can’t torment the Redskins from the bench. Neither can Sean Lee, Ernie Sims or Morris Claiborne.

Right now Barry Cofield is applauding Fletcher’s introduction. Follow the live blog in the first quarter to see how the Redskins get up for Dallas.

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Joe Gibbs: ‘Grind Them Into The Ground’

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 22, 2013 – 12:36 pm



The winningest coach in Redskins history will be watching the Cowboys game from the owner’s suite on Sunday.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs directed Washington to three Super Bowl championships and was named NFL Coach of the Year three times. In 16 years as head coach of the Redskins, covering two stints from 1981-1992 and 2004-2007, Gibbs had a 154-94 record and posted a .500 record (16-16) against Dallas.

I caught up with Gibbs at FedExField about 80 minutes before kickoff against the Cowboys.  Read more »

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