Redskins fall apart late, fall to Saints in overtime 34-31

Redskins fall apart late, fall to Saints in overtime 34-31

Redskins fall apart late, fall to Saints in overtime 34-31

Here's a sentence that would have sounded ridiculous any time in the past few seasons: After the tying touchdown, the Saints' defense held strong like they have all year.

BC-FBN-Redskins-Costly Collapse, 551Redskins under mounting pressure after costly collapseAP Photo LALAF103, LAGH145, LAGH105, LAGH132(Eds: With AP Photos.)The foundation of a playoff push appeared firmly in place for the Washington Redskins when they celebrated a touchdown giving them a 15-point lead in New Orleans with less than six minutes left.

Cousins put a attractive 36-yard pass into the hands of Vernon Davis on their ensuing possession even though the TE was covered by two defenders.

There, the Saints' defense stopped Cousins on his only possession in OT and Mark Ingram's runs of 20 and 31 yards set up Will Lutz's game-winning field goal. But even with the score tied at 31, Cousins had a chance to win the game in regulation. But three points won't cut it against the No. 2 rushing attack and eventually it and Saints QB Drew Brees was Washington's undoing.

Patrick Murray drilled a 35-yard field goal with seven seconds left and Tampa Bay defeated Miami.

The New Orleans Saints won their eight game in a row Sunday, becoming the first National Football League team to lose its first two games and then follow it up with eight straight victories.

Cousins showed plenty of toughness after he was hit hard on a third-down scramble by safety Vonn Bell midway through the third quarter.

The Redskins gave up 15 points in the final three minutes of regulation on Sunday to set up a dramatic comeback for New Orleans. He did it again on the next play to get the first down. Even with a big game next week looming against the Los Angeles Rams, the Saints have proven to this point that they're a legitimate threat to go the distance.

It was a game, gutsy performance and the first time all season the Saints needed - and asked - Brees to bail them out with a big passing game. They were aggressive and moving the ball at will.

Redskins punter Tress Way hit the field to punt and that was all she wrote.

Almost in field goal range, Cousins was called for intentional grounding, then was sacked for a 9-yard loss to end the fourth quarter. Saints RBs Mark Ingram II and Alvin Kamara combined for 272 yards from scrimmage.

Perine ended the game with 117 yards on 23 carries which is how this RB should be played. Cousins final touchdown pass, a 7-yard touchdown to Jeremy Sprinkle. But WR Jamison Crowder caught seven balls for 72 yards.

To add insult to injury, the Redskins lost their leading receiver and all-purpose back.

"He's one of the most important players on our offense, especially when you get the ball back and you need him for pass protection routes coming out of the backfield at the end", Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "No disrespect. It's something we've got to cope with and try to fix".

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