Washington Redskins has lived this season on the thinnest margins, so it's sensible they win Sunday with the slightest nudge…
Washington Redskins has lived this season on the thinnest margins, so it’s sensible they win Sunday with the slightest nudge of the nose of the ball.
Staring in a disaster, blowing a 10-point lead over the last 4:55 of a game against their bitter rivals, Dallas Cowboys, Redskins found a miracle in an official’s whistle and a rarely called mistake. Dallass Long Snapper, L.P. LaDouceur, moved the ball ever so little, which led to Washington’s defensive line Daron Payne skipping offside. Long snappers can not do it on field target attempts, although there is an error that is usually not flagged. LaDouceur, considered to be one of NFL’s best tall snatchers, said he had never been called for the punishment in his 1
The penalty drove Brett Maher’s game-betting attempt, at the end of regulation, from 47 yards to 52. Although his foot hit the ball well, the fired curl struck in the last second in a hard autumn breeze and hit the left goal post and hit loosely in the ground.
A selling audience at FedEx Field screamed. The scoreboard said that Redskins 20-17 victory was ready and a Washington player raced across the field celebrating a victory that holds them in first place in the NFC East at 4-2.
“It’s much harder to kick five meters further back,” said Redskins line-backer Zach Vigil, who was in the field for the final game. “That ball did not bend until the last second.”
It was a surprise to get the penalty amount to be the deciding factor in a victory over Washington’s most hated rival. But then it was that sort of day for Redskins.
Because they have the entire season, they have to slip and fight and stick to a victory. They have been a puzzling group – close and confident – yet they have followed stirring victories with odd defeat in an outrageous pattern.
“We can be as big as we want or as bad as we want,” defensive end Jonathan Allen said shaking his head. “We can win every game or we can lose every game.”
On Sunday, Redskins were both big and bad. They entered the game without two of their starting wide recipients, Paul Richardson Jr. and Jamison Crowder, as well as running back Chris Thompson – who is critical of his offensive success. And yet they improvised as they have too much of this season and give the ball 24 times to run back Adrian Peterson, who became 99 meters.
They turned into a well-deserved first quarter when Thompson’s replacement, Kapri Bibbs, took a short-pass from quarterback Alex Smith, danced past a strong block from Guard Brandon Scherff and ran untouched for a 23-yard score that gave them a lead at 7-0.
But they also freaked out, with Smith missing recipients on a critical throw, stalling several promising units and forcing them to kick two field goals when they had the ball inside the Dallas 10-yard line in the second half. What could have been a blowout was a nail piece.
Coach Jay Gruden said he did not want to nitpick what happened in the third quarter after an inspiring victory, but Smith beat just 178 meters.
In the end, Redskins must rely on their defense to win – something they do more and more as the season has gone on. Last year, Redskins was last in the NFL against the race, and several of their defensive players – including Allen – have said the statistics straighten them. Last week, several players said defensive line traffic Jim Tomsula challenged them to stop Cowboys driving back Ezekiel Elliott, Dallass most explosive player.
“It was the game plan: Stop 21 [Elliott’s number]”, security D.J. Said swearinger “Let [quarterback] Dak Prescott hit us.
” As he almost did, “said Swearinger.
Redskins did just what Tomsula demanded. They stopped Elliott, who only had 33 meters at 15 rush. The Cowboys offended for most of the game, built a 13-10 leader, and they had Dallas on their 10-yard line with just over five minutes to play.
Desperate to do something happen on a day when little had, Prescott backed up to his finish line to throw and be struck by Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan who forced the ball off his hands. Linebacker Preston Smith picked up the ball and took a step for a one-yard touchdown that seemed to put the game out of range at 20- 10.
But instead of finishing Dallas, Washington Prescott quickly drove down to a 12-game, 79-yard device that led to a touchdown when Prescott shot over the finish line from a farm out to score 20-17 m Ed 1:37 left. And instead of clocking, the Red Skins only received seven laps for the next 28 seconds and returned the ball to Prescott for one last unit. When Prescott hit the game over to Maher with three seconds left, the cowboys would have looked forward to overtime.
That’s when LaDouceur moved the ball ever so little. “I saw something,” Payne said later. The fan blew, the subsequent fired missed, and the redskins had to spend a week in the first place in the NFC East.
“It’s fun to beat Dallas, that’s all I care about,” said Gruden. “There are many things you like. We could have done this. We could have done it. We could have put them away here. But by the end of the day, the only goal was to win the football match. “
How is Redskins won four of his first six matches this year – by stopping the second team’s best player, Peter Peters 33
” Balls, “said the Gruden.
And through the slightest movement of the ball reached them.