After a surprising victory over the Jaguars in Week 15 that ended a four-game losing streak, the Redskins (7-7) still hold on to playoff hope. But in order to keep that hope alive, they must defeat the Tennessee Titans (8-6) on Saturday, as a loss would eliminate them from playoff contention.
The Titans are also in the thick of things of the AFC playoff race. At 8-6, they still have a chance to win the AFC South, should they win their final two games and the Houston Texans lose both. They earn a Wild Card berth if they win out, and either the Steelers or Ravens lose just once. But a loss today against Washington would eliminate them from any form of a playoff berth.
It's safe to say a lot is on the line when these two teams meet on Saturday afternoon.
Here are the highs and lows from the game...
REDSKINS at TITANS: HIGHS AND LOWS
HIGHS: The Redskins are 7-0 this season when they score first, 0-7 when they don't.
Well, a 30-yard pass from Josh Johnson to Jamison Crowder set up an opening drive 50-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins, which gave the Redskins a 3-0 lead. However...
LOWS: ...the Redskins' lead did not last long.
The Titans marched down the field with ease, and Derrick Henry finished off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run, his seventh in the last nine quarters. The Titans only had one first down on the drive, and Marcus Mariota picked it up with his legs, fooling two Redskins defenders with an incredible spin move.
Another game, another injury. This time, guard Zac Kerin limped off the field. Kyle Fuller (not the cornerback on the Bears), who the Redskins signed this week, is now in.
The list of injuries for the Redskins goes on and on...
HIGHS: Josh Johnson may have led the Redskins on their best drive of the season.
A 17-play, 93-yard drive that took almost 11 minutes off the clock resulted in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Michael Floyd. The touchdown gave the Redskins a 10-6 lead with just over four minutes remaining in the half.
The drive featured three third down conversions, including a 22-yard strike from Johnson to Josh Doctson on third-and-14 from the Redskins own 15 yard line. Johnson showed incredible poise on the drive, and looked the best that he's been in a Redskins uniform.
LOWS: On the first series of the ensuing drive, the Redskins had the Titans in an unfavorable situation, third-and-11, following a sack by Mason Foster. But Mariota found Anthony Firkser underneath, and he broke two Redskins tackles to extend the drive.
Three plays later, the Redskins had the opportunity to get off the field on third down again, but a missed tackle by D.J. Swearinger on Dion Lewis kept the drive alive.
The drive halted due to a Jonathan Allen sack, and Marcus Mariota was taken to the locker room following what appeared to be an injury to his right elbow.
Mariota missed time earlier this year due to an injury to the same elbow. But Ryan Succop finished off the drive with a 42-yard field goal, and the Redskins lead was cut to 10-9 before the break.
HIGHS: After each team traded punts to open up the second half, the Redskins offense started to move the ball again.
An 11-play, 64-yard drive resulted in a Dustin Hopkins 40-yard field goal, his third of the evening, extending the Redskins lead to four. The drive consisted of another impressive third down conversion from Johnson to Doctson. Johnson has brought the best out of the third-year receiver today, as Doctson has three catches, including two that led to first downs.
LOWS: On the ensuing drive, the Titans were able to move the ball with ease once again. They answered with an 11-play, 60 yard drive to conclude the quarter. Redskins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had an opportunity for a game-changing interception, but the ball went straight through his hands.
The drive continued, and when the fourth quarter starts, the Titans will be lining up for a field goal to cut the Redskins lead to one.
This should be an exciting finish...
HIGHS: Following the Titans field goal to open the quarter, the Redskins put together another long drive. But as it's become a theme all game, they ended up having to settle for a field goal. Hopkins nailed his fourth field goal of the evening, putting the Redskins back ahead by four.
LOWS: The Titans had an answer. They opened the drive with a 35-yard pass from Gabbert to Taywan Taylor, putting them at the Redskins 40 yard line.
The Redskins had an opportunity to end the drive three plays later, but cornerback Fabian Moreau was flagged for an illegal contact penalty on third down, extending the Tennessee drive. After given a second life, the Titans got back to what they did on their opening touchdown of the game: feeding Derrick Henry. Their 250 lbs. running back ran for 37 yards on four carries during the Titans seven-play, 75-yard drive.
After an 18-yard Henry run set the Titans up with first-and-goal at the two yard line, Gabbert found a wide open MyCole Pruitt in the end zone, giving the Titans a 19-16 lead with just over four minutes left in the game.
Then came the dagger. With the Redskins on the cusp of field goal range, Johnson was intercepted by Kevin Byard.
Johnson was looking for Doctson, but it appeared that he stopped his route, not expecting the ball to come to him.
The Redskins got the ball back with 20 seconds left. A Hail Mary attempt by Johnson on the last play of the game was intercepted by Malcolm Butler and returned for a touchdown, but the game was a lot closer than the final score.
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