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Washington's Top 10 plays of the season: Bostic, Sweat seal game

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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. 8 and No. 7

No. 8: Terry McLaurin hustles against the Cowboys

McLaurin had plenty of big catches during his first 1,000-yard season, but one of his best moments came when he was forced to make a tackle. 

Leading the Dallas Cowboys 20-13 on Thanksgiving, Alex Smith was intercepted in the third quarter by linebacker Jaylon Smith. It appeared that the defender had an easy path to a defensive touchdown that would potentially tie the game and shift all the momentum.

That probably should have been the outcome, but McLaurin wasn't going to allow it.

Showing tremendous hustle and effort, the wide receiver chased down Smith and was able to tackle him a few yards short of the endzone. As a result, Washington's defense was able to hold the Cowboys to just three points on the drive. Washington would go on to win the game 41-16.

It's a play that won't show up on the stat sheet but it made a huge difference in the game. If McLaurin doesn't make that tackle and Dallas scores, who knows what becomes of the rest of the game.

 

Becoming a team captain during the season, McLaurin showed why he was deserving of that honor on this play and many more in 2020.

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No. 7: Montez Sweat and Jon Bostic combine for game-sealing INT

More often than not in 2020, it was Washington's defense that delivered a key play to help pull out a victory. That was evident against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Leading late 20-17, Pittsburgh still had a chance to keep its undefeated season alive. That was until Montez Sweat got his hands on a Ben Roethlisberger pass with 1:59 remaining in the contest. That ball flew up in the air, landing in the hands of Jon Bostic.

The clutch play allowed Washington to run the clock and add a field goal before eventually defeating Pittsburgh 23-17 and shocking many. 

One reason why many liked Sweat's game was because of his athleticism and length, as it would allow him to impact plays at the line of scrimmage. He showed that here. 

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