“Grown-man drive” sealed Sunday’s win for Washington

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Washington Football Team
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When the Buccaneers scored a touchdown to cut Washington’s lead to 23-19 with 10:55 left in the fourth quarter on Sunday, few people thought the game would be out of reach the next time they had possession of the ball.

That’s just how things turned out, however. Washington ran 19 plays, drove 80 yards, and took 10:26 off the clock before a one-yard Antonio Gibson rushing touchdown sealed the victory for the home team. It was the longest drive in terms of plays in the NFL since Week Seven of the 2018 season and the longest for Washington since the 1991 season.

Thirteen of the 19 plays were runs and they picked up 35 yards after rushing for 59 yards to that point in the game. Wide receiver DeAndre Carter called it a “grown-man drive” and head coach Ron Rivera said the effort convinced him to let Gibson try for the touchdown on fourth down.

“Why not try and win it right there?” Rivera said, via Andrew Golden of the Washington Post. “Also part of the thinking, too, is if not, they got to go 99 [yards] to score a touchdown. At that point, with the way we were playing, I felt pretty inspired by our guys.”

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Washington and they’ll hope that the strong finish to the game set a foundation for success in the weeks to come.

15 responses to ““Grown-man drive” sealed Sunday’s win for Washington

  1. For the first time in many years, the Washington coaching staff seemed to make all the right calls, had the right strategy, etc. And the players had no turnovers or bad penalties at crucial points. They played like a really good team for the 1st time in ages. It was impressive, and surprising. Need to see more of it.

  2. blackqbwhiterb says:
    November 15, 2021 at 10:22 am
    For the first time in many years, the Washington coaching staff seemed to make all the right calls, had the right strategy, etc. And the players had no turnovers or bad penalties at crucial points. They played like a really good team for the 1st time in ages. It was impressive, and surprising. Need to see more of it.
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    They made the playoffs last year and nearly beat the Super Bowl champs…

  3. Damn! BIG Brady fan here, but where’s he been the last two games. Is this really Father Time creeping in on him, or just a couple of fluke games. If/when Brown and Gronk are healthy again (If and WHEN), hopefully the real Brady will show up again. Hopefully. Go Bucs. Great win for my wife’s WFT though. They deserved to win….

  4. The inconsistencies that this team has drives me crazy,,,where were the so called grown man drives against New Orleans??? Against Green Bay??? Kansas city??? Denver???
    All these games we were competitive until we wasn’t competitive,,,yeah so what victory Monday,,,I’ve seen 6 depressing Mondays,,,this team needs to get it’s act together!!!

  5. The thing that has changed with this team is the defense is playing like it should play. It was never in the cards that the offense would have to be the strength of this team – the defense has had countless draft picks squandered to make this team “better”.

  6. This is the first game they have played well for 4 quarters in a long time. I was shocked and proud at the same time. I was starting to think I cared more then they do.

  7. I sure hope that hubris doesn’t obscure the fact that several players had extremely stupid penalties…taunting? Jeez! Who the hell, on a 3-6 team, has the brass to taunt someone on the field? Should put your head down and return to the huddle…taunting? SMDH!

  8. That was a crazy gamble to go for it on 4th and goal from the 1, up by 4 points with 30 seconds left. I am glad it worked out.

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