Through more than a quarter and a half in their Week 8 matchup Sunday against the Cowboys, the Redskins were surviving.
Thriving? No. But Washington was up 13-7 on a superior (and healthier) Dallas squad, and sending out their kicker to add to that lead just before the break.
But it was that 36-yard field goal attempt that caused the Redskins' fragile house of cards to collapse. Nick Rose's kick was blocked after a shaky but ultimately OK hold by Tress Way in some nasty rain, scooped up by Orlando Scandrick, returned 86 yards the other way and quickly converted into a Cowboys touchdown by Ezekiel Elliott two plays later.
What happened after? Oh, the visitors went on to score 12 more unanswered points while the hosts fumbled the next two times they touched the ball and what could've been a galvanizing upset turned into another disheartening loss for the now 3-4 Redskins.
Besides that, though, it didn't matter too much.
"That was a big one," Jay Gruden said after watching his team drop the 33-17 rivalry game at FedEx Field. "Usually those guys [Nick Sundberg and Way] are pretty solid with their hold and snap, so maybe it was just a low kick. I don't know."
"Man," Josh Norman answered when asked about the enormous swing. "Shoot. The wind just went out of our sails. It really did. And we couldn't get the mojo back."
The corner is right with that assessment. Before the special teams miscue, Gruden's players, many of whom were hurt or filling in for starters who were hurt, were handling their business. And if the hold been a bit smoother and the kick a little higher, the Redskins would've gone up nine.
Yet Tyrone Crawford's block and Scandrick's run back didn't just flip the field, they also flipped the contest's vibe. From then on, it was all Cowboys, as the Redskins only scored one more time late.
"That blocked field goal definitely threw a wrench in our plans," Trent Williams, who didn't play because he was — get this — dinged up, said.
The wrench Williams mentioned is also throwing off the entire 2017 season in D.C. The Redskins stand at a paltry 0-3 in divisional games, own a record that's under .500 and are heading to Seattle next week.
At the very least, whenever a kicker's field goal doesn't split the uprights, it costs his team three on the scoreboard. In this particular instance, however, the way the Redskins talked about the botched attempt made it clear they lost a lot more than that.