Kirk Cousins throws late pick, Redskins won’t make playoffs

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Kirk Cousins once asked “How you like me now?”

On Sunday evening, the answer is that they like him just fine in Green Bay and Detroit.

The Packers and Lions will square off on Sunday Night Football with the NFC North title in the balance, but both teams will live to see Wild Card weekend. Cousins was intercepted by Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in Giants territory with just over a minute to play in Sunday’s game and the Giants left Washington with a 19-10 win when Trevin Wade recovered a fumble for a touchdown on an attempted lateral-filled final play by the Redskins. The loss ends any hope that the Redskins had of making the playoffs.

Cousins put together a pair of scoring drives to tie the game at 10 earlier in the fourth quarter, but he threw three straight incompletions to kill a drive right after the defense forced another three-and-out. That defense broke down on the next Giants possession when little-used wideout Tavarres King ran right past cornerback Greg Toler for a 44-yard gain that set up a go-ahead field goal by Robbie Gould.

That left Cousins with a little over two minutes to drive for a chance to win or tie the game and he completed four passes to move the team close to Dustin Hopkins’ field goal range. Rodgers-Cromartie stepped in front of a pass intended for Pierre Garcon for his second interception of the game and the result was no longer in doubt.

The Giants will be on the road again next weekend, but they won’t know where they’re going until the Packers and Lions are done with their game. They will travel to the winner of that game and they will be bringing a stout defense with them wherever they go. The offense still has some questions, especially when Odell Beckham was out of the game on Sunday, but they did run the ball well against Washington and avoided the turnovers that helped sink the Redskins.

Cousins was 22-of-35 for 287 yards and a touchdown, but the two interceptions — the first was also in Giants territory and came after a big play by Garcon that sparked a grumbling crowd in the second half — and the first-half shutout will loom larger in the memory of this outing. Cousins is now off to an uncertain future as his contract is up and he faces the possibility of free agency, a long-term deal or another franchise tag in the coming months.

Sunday’s loss may complicate that decision, but two years as a starter gives the team plenty of data to use when deciding if Cousins will remain the man in Washington.

69 responses to “Kirk Cousins throws late pick, Redskins won’t make playoffs

  1. The Redskins would have won this game and made the playoffs with Robert Griffin the 3rd under center. Cousins is a big softie under Pressure. Thanks Jay Loser Gruden. Oh and enjoy your one and done in the Playoffs, New York Fluke Giants.

  2. Do you really need a Titans fan like me to point this out? … If Joe Gibbs was coaching this Redskins team, he would have had their most dangerous player back to return that last punt with 18 seconds to go and the season on the line. Today, that would’ve been DeSean Jackson. … Gibbs always did that with Darrell Green, and it paid off more than once.

  3. honestly, i think the Redskins should let Cousins go. no i dont think RG3 is better, but Kirk isnt the answer. sure he has big stats, but some of those were garbage time stats and he’s got a ton of weapons, yet, he couldnt make the playoffs.

    i would look for a free agent QB or draft one in round 2 and move on from Kirk. as for their defense, in THIS game, they really werent bad. they allowed only 13 points, it was the offense that stunk, but i would make a coaching change on defense. Rex Ryan is on the market, i think they should see if he wants to go there to coordinate.

  4. Redskins fan, that’s EXACTLY what it feels like to be a Cowboys fan with Romo at QB. I’ve seen that over and over and over……

  5. Skins picked a great day to suck on offense and Cousins was nervous and choked. We got the wrong Gruden. Need the defensive minded one. Im a big fan but they weren’t good enough to go far in the playoffs. Draft all D in the draft… no more qb’s, wrs or rb’s please. We need pash rushers and secondary. Thanks #20 for getting burnt at the end… you suck. That is all #HTTR

  6. It’s logical to think that some fans still pine for the good old days, where their overrated and since dumped high-draft-choice QB led the Skins to the playoffs. Didn’t win anything, but that’s better than not making it as anyone with a logical view would surmise.

  7. I thought his war cry was…You like that!? not how you like me now….anyways good luck with that big contract after that performance

  8. thank you for the memorable season Redskins . You guys competed until the very end .

    Signed ,
    The cities of Detroit and Green Bay

  9. Kirk Cousins is a good QB, but he has a lot of Mark Sanchez in him from what I’ve seen. He still makes too many mistakes in big spots. That pick he threw at the end of the game was a careless mistake that great QB’s don’t make. He was within about 25 yards from at least having a reasonable chance at a field goal to tie the game, and he makes that throw. He killed the Redskins chances of making the playoffs right there, and judging by the faces on his teammates, I think there were pretty upset at him for it.
    You just can’t make that mistake there. it’s inexcusable.
    If I were the Redskins, I’d be very wary of giving him a huge deal for a lot of years. They might regret it.
    As a Packers fan, I’m happy he did it. It put the Packers in the playoffs regardless of what happens in the Lions game tonight. But I feel sorry for the Redskins fans. They deserved better than that.

  10. Faaaaail go the Red-Skiiiiins…..
    Noooooo win-for-theeeeee…..
    Baaaad in-ter-ception…..
    OUT!! In ooooold DCeeeeee…..

  11. In all honesty, the Redskins concerned me more than the Giants. I’m glad they’re out of the mix. Giants offense shows now signs of life at all.

  12. Would not surprise me if the Danny shows JGruden the canny…

    Cousins ain’t the answer, either. He’s Romo or Rivers in a different uni.

  13. As a lions fan I wanted a chance to knock Erin out of the playoffs. Even if that meant a loss knocked us out. Was pulling for Washington in this one.

  14. Remember, Eli Manning has always played on another level in the playoffs. He’s the antithesis of his brother.

  15. Redskins fan, that’s EXACTLY what it feels like to be a Cowboys fan with Romo at QB. I’ve seen that over and over and over……
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    Now don’t make fun of Oh-No Romo. He didn’t even have a chance this year to be October’s hero and December/January’s zero.

  16. sorry, but i i just cant buy kurt throwing a int in such a important situation. it seems to me like this was setup by the league to keep the REDSKINS out of the playoffs. lets face it, the pc police dont want them winning a super bowl.

  17. We called the Int before he threw it, just too typical. But the lateral/fumble/td was creative.

  18. I have one question Redskins fans. If you get rid of Kirk, who’s going to replace him. And under Joe Gibbs back in the day, Kirk would have led them to a super bowl. I’m a Saints fan. Just me, but I don’t think he’s a bad QB. He just made a bad play.

  19. realtruthteller100 says:
    Jan 1, 2017 8:04 PM
    sorry, but i i just cant buy kurt throwing a int in such a important situation. it seems to me like this was setup by the league to keep the REDSKINS out of the playoffs.
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    So Cousins threw the int as part of a conspiracy to keep his own team out of the playoffs? And somehow that makes sense to you? The only one on this thread that makes logicalvoice look logical by comparison.

  20. “realtruthteller100 says:
    Jan 1, 2017 8:04 PM
    it seems to me like this was setup by the league to keep the REDSKINS out of the playoffs. lets face it, the pc police dont want them winning a super bowl.”

    It seems to me that you cannot accept your loss like a man.

  21. Nothing changes in Washington.
    They’ll be terrible as long as Snyder owns the team.

  22. Kirk actually had a decent game. Huge mistake at the end, but P. Manning had those too.
    The running game was pathetic. The slip on the five for the interception hurt badly.
    I think you need to give Kirk a decent # and make him the QB and hope he continues to show improvement. The headcoach is fine. Meanwhile, gotta get some D line and pass rusher help. Mandatory. The talent just isn’t there.

  23. AFTER NORMANS SECOND PENATY I WOULD HAVE PULLED HIMHE HURTS THE TEAMMORE THAN HE HELPS IT,ALSO GRUDEN HAS TO GO HE WASTE MORE TIME OFF THE CLOCK BETWEENPLAYS AND ITS ON HIM,AND BY THE WAY BARRY HAS TO GO THE GIANTS CANT SCORE ON ANYBODY

  24. Jan 1, 2017 8:04 PM
    it seems to me like this was setup by the league to keep the REDSKINS out of the playoffs. lets face it, the pc police dont want them winning a super bowl.”

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    I don’t think we can rule out ISIS at this point either.

  25. I see everyone is saying what I said after the very first game. Very indicative if who the Redskins are.. The coaching staff is incompetent. The talent is good, but we need great. Both lines suck most of the time. It all comes to needing an owner that smart.

  26. Wow. There are really some delusional WASHINGTON fans on this thread. I want to know how you think the NFL fixed this game? Any controversial calls? None that I can think of. Blame the Giants defense if you want to blame someone.

  27. SMH, suuuuure, It’s all a conspiracy….. next thing ya know they will say Putin hacked the playbook.

    Suck it up like we have for the last few yrs….. diff is, our season goes on while you guys go home.

  28. Shout out to the writer of this article who was able to do his job by calling the football team the Redskins like you’re supposed to. A

  29. Just what I expected all along. Anytime the Redskins are on the spot they choke. They believed their own hype and believed the Giants wouldn’t play to win and would just lay down to avoid any injuries,

    How do you like that Kirk?

  30. veracityguy says:
    Jan 1, 2017 8:41 PM
    Jan 1, 2017 8:04 PM
    it seems to me like this was setup by the league to keep the REDSKINS out of the playoffs. lets face it, the pc police dont want them winning a super bowl.”
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    IT MUST HAVE BEEN PUTIN

  31. One team was playing a warm up for the playoffs the other was playing for a future

    End of game one wins and is ready for a trip to the north the other is DOA

  32. As a Redskins fan, this is a crushing loss, but quite frankly, if you can’t get up for a you’re-in-if-you-win final game of the season at home against a team who has nothing to play for, then you don’t deserve to be in the playoffs.

    People like to dump on Cousins, and that’s fine, but I think he is, at the very least, an above average quarterback, and could still improve, so I’d be happy to have him for a long-term deal that doesn’t break the bank. And since this game will no doubt decrease his value, the team may be able to get a deal done and then focus on the defense.

  33. “SMH, suuuuure, It’s all a conspiracy….. next thing ya know they will say Putin hacked the playbook.”

    The fans who say this game was fixed are almost as delusional as those who think Putin is a great guy and a friend of America.

  34. All the experts picked Washington because after all how could they lose an all important game to a team that had no horse in the race. Then came Sunday.

  35. lanski5 says:
    Jan 1, 2017 7:43 PM
    In all honesty, the Redskins concerned me more than the Giants. I’m glad they’re out of the mix. Giants offense shows now signs of life at all.
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    Giants offense will do enough, particularly as long as Jennings remains nailed to the bench in favor of Perkins as he belongs, but you should be worried about the league’s best defense.

  36. logicalvoicesays says:
    Jan 1, 2017 7:30 PM

    The Redskins would have won this game and made the playoffs with Robert Griffin the 3rd under center.
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    No. They would not have. RG3 is not 1/2 the QB Kirk Cousins is. And that is not saying much.

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