SEATTLE—For the first time since at least 1999, the Redskins scored a game-winning touchdown on a drive that started with less than two minutes to play. It got them a 17-14 win over the Seahawks in one of the most improbable victories in recent history.

The Seahawks had scored a touchdown to take a 14-10 lead with 1:34 left to play. The Redskins answered with four plays in 35 seconds.

The first pass was incomplete. Then things got rolling.

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Kirk Cousins pass deep right to Brian Quick, pushed out of bounds for 31 yards to SEA 39

Quick had played just 11 snaps all year going into the game but with Jamison Crowder out with an injury he had to play an increased role. He was quiet for most of the game until that last drive.

Cousins was knocked to the ground after he released the ball and he didn’t see the completion.

“Brian did a phenomenal job creating separation versus man coverage, running the route the way we had wanted to,” said Cousins. “The protection was a little loose so I really didn’t get a chance to see it. I just threw it to a spot and got hit and then you’re just kind of waiting for a reaction.”

The reaction was mostly silence from the Seahawks’ famed 12th man as they were getting a little nervous. They fell silent after the next play.


Cousins pass deep left to Josh Doctson for 38 yards to SEA one

This one had to be reviewed both to make sure that Doctson’s diving effort was a catch (that wasn’t really close, it was) and to see if he rolled into the end zone after diving at around the five and then skidding to the goal line. It was ruled that he was indeed touched down inside the one.

Cornerback Josh Norman was in awe watching from the sideline.

“He’s a first-round guy, that was a first-round catch,” he said. “He said he was going to do that.”

Norman thought that here might have been some divine intervention involved in the play.

“He’s done it in practice so it’s not surprising to me that he came back and the Lord granted him with a second chance, a second opportunity,” he said.  He saw that thing in the air. It looked like the angels pushed him forward a little bit. He speeded up, he’s got another gear to him. He got up on the ball and caught it.”

Cousins’ explanation was more mechanical.

“We just called and audible there at the line of scrimmage, he said. “Jay [Gruden] had said that if you get press man, give him the ball. So we gave him and hand signal and he took off. I put it out there pretty far, and he went and got it.”

They still had some work to do after the Seahawks called a timeout with 1:02 left to play. The call was Rob Kelley into the line.

Kelley left guard for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN

“I remember Kirk telling me we had to get it in, it’s the last chance to get it in,” said Kelley. “And everybody believed in what Kirk said and we did it.”

Right before Kelley spoke he was stuffing the ball he carried on that play into his backpack.

“I tried to give it to Doctson, he didn’t want it,” he said.

He wasn’t at all worried that four of the five offensive linemen in front of him were not starters two weeks ago. He noted that he was a backup when he played at Tulane.

“You’ve got to take what you’ve got and keep rolling.”

While many fans were hoping that the Redskins would take a couple of plays to score to burn off more time and keep the ball out of quarterback Russell Wilson’s hands, D.J. Swearinger was perfectly happy to have to get back out and defend in the last minute.

“I wanted to have the opportunity to win the game, not let the clock run out,” he said.

Norman agreed. “We wanted to get back on the field after that.” 

“When you have an offense come in there and have your back like that, heh, that’s big-time, that really is. You’ve got to take your hats off to them.”


The defense gave up a couple of first downs, the last one at the Washington 38. Seattle needed just a field goal to tie the game but they didn’t get close enough. Terrell McClain sacked Wilson, forcing a Hail Mary on the last play.

Wilson pass deep left for McEvoy incomplete (pass breakup by DeAngelo Hall)

Hall was playing in his first game since Week 3 of last year.

“That’s a team, that’s a group, that’s what it’s all about, guys out here battling until the last second,” said Norman.

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