This game started off looking as though the home team would finally notch a win this Wildcard weekend. Kirk Cousins seemed to be carrying the momentum he built up over this whole regular season and along with the rest of the team things looked to be going their way early on.
They got a huge defensive stand on the Packers’ own goal line and the back-up center, J.C. Tretter, got beat on his first start out at the left tackle position. The Redskins looked to be capitalizing on the turnover as well when they put together a scoring drive, or so we thought.
DeSean Jackson found yet another way to not score in a seemingly walk-in touchdown.
The Skins eventually converted on a field goal, only after being stuffed twice from the half yard line then again from five yards out following a penalty.
Early in the second quarter Cousins found Jordan Reed down the middle to score the first offensive touchdown in the first half of the entire Wild Card Weekend.
The Packers eventually responded with a touchdown of their own with Aaron Rodgers confusing the defense and taking advantage of 12 Redskins on the field, running a free play with barely anyone really knowing what’s going on. Luckily Randal Cobb was paying attention and secured the catch to bring the score to 11-7.
Directly following a huge run by Chris Thompson to put the ball on the Packers’ 39 yard-line, Cousins fumbled the snap to put the ball near the fifty yard-line with four minutes to go in the second half. Rodgers moved them down the field to settle for a field goal with a little under three minutes left.
Rodgers was putting together another drive with less than a minute left to go. They finally converted on a third-down after starting 0-5 with a Devante Adams catch along the sideline. Rodgers just barely got the next snap off before the play clock expired and found Adams again in the back of the end zone to put up 17 unanswered points to take a 17-11 lead going into halftime.
Cousins went back to work in the second half and extended their drive again on a fourth down conversion. He worked them down to the Red Zone and ran a QB Draw and ran it right back up the middle for four yards to put them back in the lead by one with eight and a half minutes left.
Devante Adams unfortunately suffered a knee injury on the following drive but was able to limp off under his own power. The Packers eventually got stuck with another third down and couldn’t convert leaving them with a 4th and 1 with five minutes left in the third frame. With short time, Rodgers had to burn a timeout in order to get the right timing for the play.
He handed off to Eddie Lacy, who got more than the needed one yard and then some, putting them at the Washington four-yard line. James Starks got the toss on the following play and pounded it into the end zone to score on their fourth consecutive possession to put the score at 24-18 with 4:18 left in the third.
Before the quarter ended, another Redskins drive stalled to give the ball back to the clicking offense of the Packers. Green Bay ended up converting for the third time on nine third down opportunities to keep the drive alive.
James Starks and Eddie Lacy drove the ball down the field and scored again to put the score at 32-18 with 12 and a half minutes to go.
Over the next eight minutes, both teams forced drives to stall. With just under five minutes to play, the Packers defense stopped a fourth down play to get the ball back. They eventually drove down the field to put a 17-yard chip shot field goal through the uprights to go ahead 18 points with Washington having no timeouts left.
The teams finished out the game to secure the Packers a trip to play in Arizona next week. All four road teams won this weekend, for the first time in NFL history.
Next week’s slate of games is finally set for the Divisional round and more playoff football is to come.
By Cole McNanna