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Washington's Top 10 plays of the season: Young lays the boom

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With the 2020 NFL season now in the books, it's time for teams to look ahead to the next one. At the same time, however, it's also a good period to reflect on the campaign that was.

For the Washington Football Team, it was one filled with ups and downs and plenty of highlights. Here at NBC Sports Washington, we'll take this week to revisit the Top 10 plays of the season.

Here's a look at plays No. 6 and No. 5

No. 6: Chase Young delivers a massive hit on fourth down

Early in the second quarter of Washington's matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Burrow and the offense decided to go for it on fourth-and-goal while trailing 7-0.

The initial reads for the rookie QB weren't there but his mobility allowed him to break contain and find an angle toward the endzone. It could have been a highlight touchdown run for Burrow...if it weren't for Chase Young.

The defensive end closed in and delivered a hit that could have been measured on the Richter scale, knocking the ball loose and forcing a turnover.

It was the perfect display of what makes Young such a talented defender. He has the instincts, speed and strength to make game-changing plays at any moment.

This is Young's first appearance on the list, but it won't be his last.

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No. 5: Kamren Curl's Pick-Six saves Washington vs. 49ers 

Against the 49ers, it was Washington's defense that had to do the heavy lifting. After Alex Smith departed with an injury, the offense was not able to do much of anything.

 

Though the team was leading 16-7 in the third, it felt like the unit was going to have to make one more big play. 

Rookie safety Kamren Curl did just that, jumping in front of Nick Mullens' pass and taking it 76 yards to the house.

In a game that Washington would win by just one score, Curl's impact play was crucial.

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