Washington Redskins (6-3-1) 42, Green Bay Packers (4-6) 24
Sunday November 20th 2016 (at Washington)
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(WASHINGTON) - Kirk Cousins went deep late and often, throwing for 375 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Washington Redskins to a 42-24 victory over the free-falling Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. Cousins and the Redskins (6-3-1) have won six of their past eight games going into a showdown with the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys, the winners of nine in a row. The Packers (4-6) have lost four consecutive games and five of six, allowing 30 or more points in all of those defeats. Washington's Robert Kelley ran for a career-best 137 yards and three touchdowns against a Green Bay defense that allowed completions of 70, 53 and 44 yards. Cousins was 21 of 30, connecting with Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder for touchdowns and becoming the franchise leader in 300-yard games. Aaron Rodgers was 26 of 41 for 355 yards and three touchdowns, but he couldn't keep up with what his defense gave up. Washington gained 517 yards and converted on 64 percent of third-down attempts. Chants of "We Want Dallas!" filled FedEx Field in the final minutes after Cousins completed a 53-yard pass to Crowder, and Kelley got his third touchdown. The Redskins have a quick turnaround as they visit the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
CATCH OR NOT A CATCH: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson's 13-yard touchdown catch stood up after video review, despite the ambiguity over whether he held on to the ball. Redskins cornerback Josh Norman knocked the ball out of Nelson's hands in the end zone and thought it was an incomplete pass, but officials ruled it a touchdown on the field and replay confirmed it.
DELAYING THE GAME: The Redskins picked up three delay-of-game penalties -- two of them on defense. Norman got his NFL-leading 11th penalty of the season for spiking the ball in the second quarter, and cornerback Bashaud Breeland was penalized for "throwing the ball downfield" in the third. Green Bay got a traditional delay of game penalty earlier and avoided another when Rodgers called a timeout at the last second.
GUTSY GRUDEN: After kickers around the league missed 11 extra-point attempts going in, Washington coach Jay Gruden opted to go for 2 twice -- and converted neither. But he was validated when Green Bay's Mason Crosby missed a 36-yard attempt at that end in the third quarter and when his kicker, Dustin Hopkins, shanked an extra-point attempt off the right upright in the fourth. Gruden was feeling risky all night, going for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 41 with 6:22 left. Cousins sneaked it to convert and reward his coach, and the drive finished with a touchdown by Kelley.
BANGED-UP PACKERS: Already missing offensive linemen J.C. Tretter and T.J. Lang, the Packers lost cornerback Demitri Goodson (knee), replacement right guard Don Barclay (shoulder), linebacker Blake Marinez (knee) and safety Kentrell Brice (back). Barclay and his replacement, rookie Jason Spriggs, combined to cost Green Bay 25 yards on three penalties.
QUICK-STRIKE OFFENSE: While the offenses were on ice early in the night, they combined for two touchdowns in the first 35 seconds of the fourth quarter. Rodgers' 31-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open James Starks came on the first play of the fourth, and Cousins connected with Pierre Garcon on a 70-yard touchdown on the second play of the Redskins' next drive. Former Redskins QB Joe Thiesmann tweeted afterward: You "can't throw a pass any better. That was impressive."
                         GREEN BAY     WASHINGTON
First downs                     19            21
Rushes-yards                 19-84        30-153
Net Passing yards              340           364
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     44-27-1       30-21-0
Sacked-Yards Lost             2-20          2-11
Punts-Average               3-46.0        3-38.0
Fumbles                        3-1           0-0
Penalties-Yards               6-59          6-40
Time of Possession           30:23         29:37
GREEN BAY  -  0  10   0  14 - 24
WASHINGTON -  7   6   9  20 - 42
1st - WASH - DeSean Jackson, 17-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin Hopkins kick) WASHINGTON 7-0
2nd - GB - Jordy Nelson, 13-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Crosby, 36-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - WASH - Rob Kelley, 10-yard run (Run failed) WASHINGTON 13-10
3rd - WASH - Hopkins, 37-yard field goal WASHINGTON 16-10
3rd - WASH - Jamison Crowder, 44-yard pass from Cousins (Run failed) WASHINGTON 22-10
4th - GB - James Starks, 31-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) WASHINGTON 22-17
4th - WASH - Pierre Garcon, 70-yard pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick) WASHINGTON 29-17
4th - GB - Jared Cook, 6-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) WASHINGTON 29-24
4th - WASH - Kelley, 1-yard run (Kick failed) WASHINGTON 35-24
4th - WASH - Kelley, 4-yard run (Hopkins kick) WASHINGTON 42-24
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 3-33, James Starks 9-25, Ty Montgomery 4-17, Aaron Ripowski 2-9
WASHINGTON - Robert Kelley 24-137 3 TD, Chris Thompson 2-10, Kirk Cousins 4-4
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 41-26-351 3 TD 1 INT, Brett Hundley 3-1-91 INT
WASHINGTON - Kirk Cousins 30-21-375 3 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jared Cook 6-105 1 TD, James Starks 5-46 1 TD, Richard Rodgers 4-28, Randall Cobb 3-84,  Davante Adams 3-42, Jordy Nelson 3-28 1 TD, Ty Montgomery 3-27
​WASHINGTON - Pierre Garcon 6-116 1 TD, Jordan Reed 5-79, DeSean Jackson 4-51 1 TD, Jamison Crowder 3-102 1 TD, Maurice Harris 1-14, Chris Thompson 1-9, Ryan Grant 1-4
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Minnesota 5  4  0 .556 175  152
Detroit   5  4  0 .556 205  206
GREEN BAY 4  5  0 .444 223  234
Chicago   2  7  0 .222 141  215

AROUND THE NFC NORTH - WEEK 8
Sunday November 13th
WASHINGTON 26, Minnesota 20 - Preston Smith kept wondering if Sam Bradford was going to throw the ball, and then he just wanted to make sure he held on. Smith grabbed a crucial interception and dropped Bradford with two sacks, helping the Washington Redskins beat the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 on Sunday for their first victory in almost a month. After allowing 20 consecutive points in 5:39 to close out the second quarter, Smith and the Redskins (5-3-1) shut out the Vikings (5-4) in the second half of Minnesota's fourth consecutive loss. "We played lockdown defense," cornerback Josh Norman said. "We got the shutout in the second half, didn't give up any more points (and got) three-and-outs." Smith was a big part of the resurgence. Amid a quiet season, he was the big-play component the Redskins needed, delivering the type of production coach Jay Gruden wanted to see from the second-year linebacker. "Jay has been riding me like one of those horses," said Smith, who secured the victory by sacking Bradford in the final seconds. "I feel like Jay is a jockey, and I'm the horse trying to win the race and he's just been riding me so hard and not giving me (any) break." Bradford finished 31 of 40 for 307 yards, two touchdowns and the interception. Kyle Rudolph and Adam Thielen each had a touchdown reception during the burst in the second quarter, and Stefon Diggs finished with 13 catches for 164 yards. "Stef's going to make plays," said Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller, a high school teammate of Diggs. "You just have to find a way to limit him and
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins pumps his fist after a Washington Redskins touchdown in the fourth quarter. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley (32) scores on a 10 yard run (Photo by: Bob Youngentob CSN Mid-Atlantic)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) scores on a 13 yard pass (Photo by: Bob Youngentob CSN Mid-Atlantic)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scrambles away from Washington Redskins defensive end Trent Murphy (93) (Photo by: Bob Youngentob CSN Mid-Atlantic)