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Redskins maintain playoffs run with win 31-28 win over Browns

12/16/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Washington Redskins rookie quarterback again stood out on the field but this time it wasn’t the sensational Robert Griffin III, but backup Kirk Cousins who kept the team’s playoffs hopes alive with a 38-21 win over the Cleveland Browns (5-9) on Sunday.
 
Robert Griffin III was ruled inactive shortly before the game, but Kirk Cousins had been preparing for the replacement role during practices earlier this week after Griffin sustained a sprained right knee in the Week 14 faceoff against the Baltimore Ravens. Kirk Cousins filled in for Robert Griffin III, leading the Washington Wizards to 38-21 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.
 
Coming into Sunday, Robert Griffin III was tied with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, leading the NFL with a 104.2 passer rating.
 
Although Kirk Cousins may not boast Robert Griffin III’s raw talents or versitility, the fourth-round pick out of Michigan State was not only efficient but also accurate in the game – letting only one slip that resulted in an early interception setting up the Cleveland Cavaliers for their first touchdown on Sunday.
 
Otherwise, Kirk Cousins completed 26 of 37 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns (both to Leonard Hankerson) in his first career start.
 
With Sunday’s win not only did the Washington Redskins tie with the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East, but they also maintained a five game winning streak starting off the bye week – and classified as the longest winning streak in franchise history since 2005. However, based on a better divisional record, the Washington Redskins are clearly ahead of the New York Giants who also fell 8-6 after a 34-0 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
 
Washington Redskins running back Alferd Morris rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns, although his 100-yard game streak over the past three games ended on Sunday.
 
Rookie Trent Richardson also had a pair of touchdown runs for the Cleveland Browns, while still being held to only 28 yards.
 
Kirk Cousins threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Leonard Hankerson for a 7-7 tie in the first half, until a 44 yard field goal attempt put the Washington Redskins ahead at 10-7. Cleveland Browns attempted a comeback with Tent Richardson’s second touchdown run that gave them 14-10 lead with 1:11 minutes remaining in the first half.
However, two minutes into the third quarter linebacker Rob Jackson’s interception of Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden set the Washington Redskins up for a 3-yard touchdown run by Alferd Morris resulting in a 17-14 lead. Kirk Cousins extended on that lead with a second touchdown pass to Leonardo Hankerson (2-yarder) to bring the score up to 24-14.
The Washington wizards shot to 31-14 on a 4-yard run by Evan Royster. After which Brandon Weeden attempted to pull back the Cleveland Brown within a 10 point deficit with a 69-yeard scoring strike to Travis Bengamin. However, Kirk Cousins struck back with a pass down field to Alferd Morris scoring from eight to lead 38-21, and curshing the Cleveland Browns’ playoffs hopes with their third consecutive loss this season.
 
Brandon Weeded completed 21-of-35 passes for 244 yards a single touchdown and two interceptions against the Washington Redskins.
 
The Washington Wizards play two difficult divisional rivalry-games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys down the final two weeks of the regular season.
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