After throwing for 365 yards and four touchdowns in the Redskins’ 38-24 win over the Eagles on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, the improbable leader of the improbable NFC East champions joined his teammates in the locker room for a raucous celebration. And then Kirk Cousins had to leave the fun and return to the field for the NFL Network’s post-game show.

Cousins was asked about his baffling decision to take a knee at the end of the first half.

“There was a lot of confusion and the bottom line is I needed to throw the ball to kill it — either throw it into the ground or throw it out of the back of the end zone,” Cousins said. “We were lucky that didn’t come back to hurt us.”

He was asked — again — about his relationship with Robert Griffin III.

“RGIII’s been pure class all the way through,” Cousins said. “He’s been a great teammate, he’s a great competitor. He brought us a division title in 2012 and I had a front row seat for that. He’s done a lot of good things and he’s been a great teammate this year.”

He was asked about his signature ‘You like that!’ phrase, which he and his brother applied to trademark shortly after he first shouted it, jokingly, en route to the locker room after leading a record-setting comeback against the Buccaneers.

“I just can’t believe how much it caught on,” Cousins said. “I guess the old quote, ‘Set yourself on fire and people will come from miles to watch you burn,’ because people like passion. I had some passion when I said that.”

And Deion Sanders also asked Cousins about his locker-room celebration with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, which NFL Network’s cameras captured before Cousins joined the set. (Cousins also exchanged a a couple of ‘You like thats’ with Bruce Allen.)

“Lastly, could you tell us about your owner?” Deion Sanders asked. “You kind of mushed his hat. I’ve had tremendous dealings with him. I love the dude. He’s a good man, very misinterpreted, very misread. Can you tell me about your experience with him?”

“Nobody wants to win more than Mr. Snyder,” Cousins said. “He’s passionate about it. He’s committed to helping this team do whatever it has to do to have success. This fan base is dying to cheer for us. Giving them some things to cheer about, we know we’ve had some tough years, it’s great to see them feel good about what we’re doing and hopefully we can keep this going for a long time.”

Before Dan Hellie and Sanders let Cousins go, they asked him to lead a “You like that!” chant for the fans — mostly Redskins supporters who had made the trek to Philadelphia to watch Cousins’s fire continue to burn — watching the post-game show from the stands. He happily obliged.

“Let’s get it going,” Cousins said. “You like that! You like that! You like that! …”

Redskins fans will be liking this one for a long time.

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