The part of the day reserved for honoring London Fletcher in what he was “99 percent” certain was the final game of his career at FedEx Field went well.
The rest of it? Well, it was mostly blecch as the Redskins gacked a two-possession lead in the fourth quarter. At home. To the archrival Dallas Cowboys. And watched as the said Cowboys won 24-23.
On a crummy day, at least the end for Fletcher was classy and Pierre Garcon, another of the Redskins’ stalwarts this season, had a stellar performance in which he broke Art Monk’s single-reason Redskins receiving record with his 107th catch. Garcon finished with 11 catches for 144 yards, but the team dropped to 3-12.
Now, as Mike “I still won’t address my future until after the season ends” Shanahan said, the team will look at film, study how it let this one slip away and prepare for the New York Giants in the regular-season finale next week.
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London Fletcher ackowledged that he didn’t quite get the perfect ending he was hoping for on the goal-line stand at the end of the final game of his career in FedEx Field.
“Man, I thought we had it. You think about it, fourth-and-10 — what better way would it have been for me personally to end my career [than] on a defensive stand at the goal line? Give them credit. Give [Tony] Romo credit. He bought time, made two plays — particularly the one play — he bought time the deep pass to get them into the red zone and that pass right there that they ended up winning the game on.
“But I love this team. I love the way we fought today. We just came up a little bit short.”
On the key to his longevity in the NFL:
“God’s grace, first and foremost. Sixteen years ago, I came into the league as a longshot, but based on God’s plan I was a sures hot. People didn’t know what was inside of me, what He put inside of me. What I was playing for was more for my family, trying to put them in a better situation and I thank [former St. Louis Rams] Coach Dick Vermeil, who was the right coach at the right time for me and gave me a true opportunity to make his football team with the St. Louis Rams and all my coaches and teammates along the way. That’s really a commitment to them as well.”
On the emotions of the week:
“As much as I tried to make this a normal game, a normal week, it wasn’t. I really had to curb my emotions throughout the week and at the end the reception that I got — not only today but throughout the week as I’ve seen people all over the DMV area. People bought me lunch, all kind of stuff. Jackson’s in Reston — I’ll give them a shoutout — they picked up my tab. Just everybody has been so receptive and that was the reason I was glad I decided to announce that this was going to be my last season, just for the fans.
Mike Shanahan opens by praising the support from fans, saying he was “disappointed we couldn’t get it done for them.”
“Any time you prepare the whole week for a game, [a loss] always hurts. A lot of preparation goes in to the season and any time you lose an opportunity to win a football game you’re disappointed. … You always want to send a guy out — like London [Fletcher] — with a win. Disappointed we couldn’t get it done. We had a number of opportunities to get it done. I was pleased with the effort of our football team. They played hard. It’s out job to get the to eliminate some of those mistakes and we didn’t get it done.”
On Pierre Garcon breaking Art Monk’s record:
“It just told a lot about Pierre, his preparation in the offseason, what he brings every week — week in and week out. He’s a competitor and I’ve said it many times, not only do it catching passes, but he does it in the running game as well. It’s hard to find complete receivers like Pierre.”
On how Brian Orakpo’s injury affected the play of the defense:
“You’re going to have guys go down during the game. We had four or five guys go down, they had guys go down. That’s just part of the game, making adjustments — trying to make adjustments and still win the football game.”
On Kirk Cousins after two games:
“At the end of the day, you’ve got to find a way to win those games, but overall I was pleased with the way his handled himself. I think he’d like to have that one pass back that he had to Santana [Moss] in the first half. It was a good read, Santana had a good move, he threw it slightly behind him and he’d like to have that one back. Overall, I was pleased with the way he handled himself and he’ll get better every game.”
On whether this might have been his final game at FedEx Field:
“Like I said, I was pleased with out football team and the way they fought and we’ll talk about the other stuff after the season is over with. As I told our football team, that’s a tough one to take because our football team played extremely hard and we had a lot of chances to finish the game and we didn’t. Our football team, even though they’re very disappointed will be ready for the Giants and I’ll address all those other things that we’ve talked about over the last few weeks after I’ve talked to Dan [Snyder] and we’ll go from there.”
Hard to keep morale up in a season that’s now 3-12, but sad to report, the game-winning, fourth-down score was not met with a lot of shock by folks on Twitter:
The Redskins lose their seventh in a row to fall to 3-12 after they are unable to protect a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys. Kirk Cousins finishes with 197 passing yards and one touchdown and an interception, and Alfred Morris has 88 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
Kirk Cousins throws it out of bounds on fourth and six, and Cowboys take over at the 17 with 40 seconds to play.
Twitter saw what we saw:
Tony Romo escapes pressure to complete a 10-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray, and the Cowboys lead the Redskins, 24-23, with 1:08 left in regulation.
And Mike Pereira liked the no call:
Fourth down and goal from the 12 for Dallas after DeMarco Murray loses 11 yards.
Redskins stop DeMarco Murray on second and goal from inside the 1, but Redskins use their final timeout.
A TD and extra point loses the game, or gives it to Kirk Cousins and the offense with less than two minutes to go … but the answer is no.
The Cowboys have second and goal from inside the 1 with two minutes to play and trailing Washington, 23-17.
Tony Romo completes a 51-yard pass to Terrance Williams to the Redskins 21. Williams beat Josh Wilson.
Tony Romo completes 14-yard pass to Terrance Williams on second down.
They ran after the completion to Aldrick Robinson for the first down, so he must mean at the start of the drive:
|Was||1st&10||Was22||Kirk Cousins incomplete pass to the middle intended for Pierre Garcon.|
|Was||2nd&10||Was22||Alfred Morris rush to the right for 1 yard to the Was23. Tackled by Bruce Carter and Nick Hayden.|
|Was||3rd&9||Was23||Kirk Cousins pass to the middle to Aldrick Robinson for 14 yards to the Was37. Tackled by Sterling Moore.|
|Was||1st&10||Was37||Alfred Morris rush to the right for no gain to the Was37. Tackled by DeVonte Holloman and Nick Hayden.|
|Was||2nd&10||Was37||Kirk Cousins rush to the left for 4 yards to the Was41. Tackled by DeMarcus Ware.|
|Was||3rd&6||Was41||Kirk Cousins incomplete pass to the middle intended for Pierre Garcon defensed by Orlando Scandrick.|
|Was||4th&6||Was41||Sav Rocca punts for 46 yards to Dal13. No return.|
Play-by-play from our Stats, LLC live box score.
Orlando Scandrick knocks down a pass intended for Pierre Garcon, and the Redskins are forced to punt on fourth and six.
That Cousins-to-Aldrick Robinson strike might keep the Cowboys QB off the field, which is a good thing. As first noted in the comments by hail_to_the_bg, Tony Romo has four fourth quarter comebacks against the Redskins.
On third and nine, Kirk Cousins completes a 14-yard pass to Aldrick Robinson for a first down.
Dan Bailey’s 25-yard field goal sneaks inside right upright, and Dallas draws within 23-17 with 6:09 to play. On third down, Romo threw high for Dez Bryant, who had position on DeAngele Hall in the end zone.
Josh Wilson grabs arm of Cole Beasley, and Dallas has first and goal from the 10.
Despite hurt leg, Romo completes 20-yard pass to Cole Beasley to extend drive.
Fourth and six for the Dallas after tackle Doug Free is offside.
Redskins call timeout with 9:07 to play with no enough players on the field.
Tony Romo appears to have hurt his right leg but remains in the game.
Kai Forbath’s 47-yard field goal give the Redskins a 23-14 lead with 14:56 left in regulation.
The Redskins will attempt a 46-yard field goal when the fourth quarter begins to make it a two-possession game.
If Dallas loses, Philadelphia can clinch the division title with a win against the Bears Sunday night. So they make strange bedfellows, rooting for one of their division rivals today.
Not that they’re totally okay with it:
Needless to say the Redskins have to take advantage of any and all occasions to celebrate, and DeAngelo Hall did just that after his interception.
The Cowboys elect to throw on first and second down, Romo throws incomplete, and Dallas is forced to punt.
Alfred Morris punishes the Cowboys en route to a four-yard touchdown run, and the Redskins lead the Cowboys, 20-14, with 3:41 left in the third quarter. Morris has 82 yards on 20 carries.
Kirk Cousins completes a 19-yard pass to Pierre Garcon, who moves past Art Monk for first in single-season receptions (107) for the Redskins.
DeAngelo Hall steps in front of a poor throw by Tony Romo for an interception, and the Redskins have first and 10 at the Dallas 41.
Pierre Garcon catches four-yard touchdown on a slant, and the Redskins draw within 14-13 with 9:09 left in the third quarter. The catch ties Garcon with Art Monk for most catches in a season (106) for the Redskins.
Will Montgomery is called for a false start on an illegal snap. Redskins have first and goal at the 12.
Alfred Morris rushes for seven yards to the Dallas 7.
Josh Wilson jars bar loose from fullback Tyler Clutts, and Redskins recover at the Dallas 26.
DeMarco Murray’s 10-yard run is the first play of the second half. Cowboys first and 10 at their 31.
Things have really fallen apart at FedEx Field:
The Redskins have the statistical advantage in almost every meaningful category except the scoreboard. Washington owns an advantage in time of possession of more than two to one, but penalties in the red zone doomed one potential touchdown drive. Alfred Morris has been able to find running room, so expect to see a lot more of him in the second half as well as the ball in the hands of Pierre Garcon. But expect the Cowboys continue to handing off to DeMarco Murray, who has 62 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
So says Twitter, citing several poorly thrown balls from Cousins in that drive. Some other thoughts on the pick, too:
The Cowboys have a rushing touchdown from DeMarco Murray and a touchdown catch from Dez Bryant. The Redskins have two Kai Forbath field goals.
Kirk Cousins throws behind Santana Moss, who has ball go through hands and into awaiting arms of Cowboys safety Jeff Heath at the Dallas 7.
Pierre Garcon’s 26-yard catch bails Redskins out of third and nine. Washington is at the Dallas 28.
Redskins will have have third and nine from their 34 when play resumes.
Kirk Cousins completes a pass over the middle to Fred Davis for a first down. Washington has it at its 33.
Tony Romo rolls out of pressure from E.J. Biggers, then delivers a perfect throw to Dez Bryant for a 14-yard touchdown. Cowboys lead 14-6 with 4:37 to play until halftime.
Tony Romo completes a sideline pass to Dez Bryant for 31 yards to the Redskins 18.
DeMarco Murray finds no room on the left side but turns the corner the other way for a 43-yard gain.
Kai Forbath’s 22-yard field goal draws the Redskins to 7-6 with 7:36 left in the first half. Two penalties in a row doomed Redskins when they had third and goal from the 2.
First Santana Moss jumps offside, then Pierre Garcon’s illegal shift has Redskins facing third and goal at the 12.
Santana Moss jumps, so Redskins have third and goal from the 7.
Alfred Morris breaks loose for an 18-yard gain, setting up Washington at the Dallas 45.
Kirk Cousins runs for six yards, and the Redskins have first and 10 at their 32.
The Cowboys scored a touchdown on their opening possession, and Washington answered with Kai Forbath’s 36-yard field goal to complete the scoring in the first quarter.
Brandon Meriweather comes free and forces Romo to the ground for the sack. Cowboys will punt to start the second quarter.
It’s rainy, but it’s the last home game of the year. Here are some of the best images caputred by Post photographers:
Tony Romo delivers a seven-yard strike to Jason Witten on third and four. Cowboys have first and 10 at their 35.
Kai Forbath’s 36-yard field goal draws Redskins within 7-3 with 4:22 left in the first quarter.
Three straight carries for Alfred Morris has Redskins on the Dallas 25.
Santana Moss has a 18-yard punt return after Washington forces punt from the Dallas 2, and the Redskins have first and 10 at the Cowboys 37.
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant fell hard on the sideline diving for a ball. Walked slowly off the field.
One fan at the game estimates that the crowd’s about half Redskins fans and half Cowboys fans.
Burgundy and blue = purple?
The Cowboys maligned defense was able to pressure Kirk Cousins on consecutive plays to force a punt. Dallas takes over at its 2-yard line.
Pierre Garcon catches eight-yard pass from Kirk Cousins on third and four.
DeMarco Murray barrels up the left side for a three-yard touchdown, and the Cowboys take a 7-0 lead with 12:49 left in the first quarter.
Just signed Michael Spurlock busts loose for 62 yards on a punt return to the Redskins 3.
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There was a lot of room to run on the flat pass that Alfred Morris dropped. Redskins should be able to move the ball with the pass despite sloppy weather.
Kirk Cousins leads out the offense on the Washington 24.
Redskins fans at FedEx beg the question: is being a fan of the 3-11 Redskins still better than being a Cowboys fan for D.C. faithful…?
But that doesn’t mean Joe Gibbs 3.0 is going to happen. So don’t even go there.
The franchise quarterback will be joined by Bacarri Rambo, Chase Minnifield, Josh LeRibeus, J.D. Walton, and Brandon Jenkins. And remember, Jordan Reed is on IR, so he’s out too obviously.
Weather woman Erin Andrews suggests it may not…
Well, the prices at FedEx are steep.
(Photo via NFL Network)
Welcome to today’s live blog as we break down today’s game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field. Although they are out of playoff contention, the Redskins can damage their arch rival’s postseason chances with a victory in what figures to be the last home game for linebacker London Fletcher, who announced he is 99 percent certain he will retire following this season. Some reading before kickoff: