Simple question, really. You’re 3-10 and you’ve already detonated any chance for carrying good vibes into the offseason. By the time Kirk Cousins led the Redskins to the TD that made it 27-26, you’d already seen what you needed to see; that your No. 2 quarterback is capable of delivering at the end of a tight game.

With a first-round draft pick, it might have actually been better to lose. In the Redskins’ case, it doesn’t matter all that much, the difference between 4-10 and 3-11. If they’d have won, there’d have been some feel-good there, and perhaps even more praise of Cousins. But as it were, I think everyone saw what they needed to see, and one two-point conversion or failed try wasn’t going to change that.

Personally, I liked the call, if not the execution. Ryan Kerrigan liked the call too (see video above)

Would you have gone for it or played overtime?

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What’s ahead:

●  Mike Shanahan meets with reporters again at 3 p.m Monday.

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