FOXBOROUGH, MA—The Redskins went in to face the undefeated, defending champion Patriots and the result was about what everybody expected. Tom Brady was masterful, the Redskins were stymied on offense, and New England remained unscathed in the loss column with a 27-10 win.
The Redskins had plenty of problems of their own making. Receivers dropped at least half a dozen passes. They missed at least that many tackles. A lot of the miscues came in the early going while the Patriots were pulling out to a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Kirk Cousins’ numbers did not look good. He completed 22 of 40 for 217 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Some of it was on him, some of it was on his receivers’ problems with catching the ball. Again, the Redskins could not get their running game going, gaining 37 yards on 15 carries.
Key Play: The key was really a sequence of plays in the first quarter. The Patriots drove for a touchdown on their initial possession and then they recovered a surprise onside kick. They drove into Redskins territory but CB Will Blackmon forced Julian Edelman to fumble and Blackmon himself made the recovery.
The Redskins couldn’t stand the good fortune. On their first play from scrimmage Kirk Cousins fired a pass to Pierre Garçon for what should have been a nice gain. But the ball bounced off of Garçon’s hands and Logan Ryan picked it off, returning it to the Redskins 28. Six plays later LaGarrette Blount powered up the middle for the touchdown. It was 14-0 and the Patriots had established control.
Chris Baker left the game in the first quarter with a chest injury. He returned to the game shortly after leaving.
LB Keenan Robinson left the game with a stinger in the third quarter. He returned to the game in the fourth quarter.
S Dashon Goldson left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury.
Edelman 8 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 84 yards, 5:59
Key plays: Two Dion Lews runs for 17 yards for 16 yards got the drive going. On fourth and two from the Redskins 33, Tom Brady went to Julian Edelman for five yards and a first down. A few plays later Brady went to Edelman in the flat and he dove to get the ball across the goal line.
Patriots 7, Redskins 0 9:01
Blount 5 run (Gosktowski kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 28 yards, 1:59
Key plays: Right after the Redskins recovered a Patriots fumble, a Kirk Cousins pass bounced off of Pierre Garçon’s hands and was intercepted by Logan Ryan, who returned it to Redskins 28. Brady converted a third and seven with an 11-yard pass to Danny Amendola. A few plays later LaGarrette Blount went up the but for the touchdown.
Patriots 14, Redskins 0
FG Gostkowski 21
Drive: 10 plays, 61 yards, 5:03
The Patriots started from their own 42 after the Redskins turned it over on downs. Blount ran twice for six and 10 yards to get into Redskins territory. A few plays later, it was Blount again, going up the middle for 14 yards then Brady went to Rob Gronkowski to set up first and goal at the seven. But an illegal formation penalty set them back and they had to settle for the field goal.
Patriots 17, Redskins 0
FG Hopkins 23
Drive: 16 plays, 75 yards, 7:43
Key plays: The Redskins started with possession on their own 20. On third and seven, Cousins went to Garçon for nine yards. A Matt Jones reception and run got them into Patriots territory. Then it was Cousins to Jamison Crowder for 16 yards down to the 30 A few played later on third and one from the 21, Jones went up the middle for two yards and the first down. On third and goal from the Patriots 13, Cousins went to Andre Roberts for eight yards to the five. They had to settle for the field goal.
Patriots 17, Redskins 3
FG Gostkowski 20
Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards, 4:28
Key plays: The Patriots got the ball after recovering a Matt Jones fumble at their own 43. On the first play, Blount went up the middle for 13 yards into Redskins territory. A couple of plays later it was Brady to Edelman down to the 18. The moved to a third and goal at the one, but Stephen Paea trapped Blount for a two-yard loss. Gostkowski came in and booted the field goal.
Patriots 20, Redskins 3
Patriots 27, Redskins 3
Key play: Brandon Bolden 18 Yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)
Patriots 27, Redskins 10
Key play: Jordan Reed 3 Yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin Hopkins Kick)