For weeks, Jay Gruden has kept his message clear: The Redskins goal of making the playoffs is still in front of them. After a particularly devastating loss Monday night to the Cowboys, a win in Chicago helped a lot. That it came on the road, the first victory away from FedEx Field, made it even sweeter.
"We have everything we want still in front of us," Gruden said following the 24-21 Washington win. "Keeps us alive, keeps our heart beating."
The Redskins win keeps the team in first place in the NFC East, and with tiebreakers over the Giants and the Eagles, Gruden's squad will maintain first place regardless what else happens this weekend. The Eagles won at home against the Bills, the team the 'Skins will face next week at home.
"These guys are resilient," Gruden said of his team.
And he was right. Late in the second half it seemed the momentum had completely left the Redskins sideline and was firmly on the Bears side. When Jay Cutler hit Alshon Jeffery for a big gain late in the fourth quarter, it seemed the game was at least headed to overtime. But when Bears kicker Robbie Gould missed the potential tying field goal, hooking the ball left, Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense had the ball with a chance to put the game away.
And they did. A week after losing a tight game, the 'Skins put the Bears on ice, pounding the ball on the ground with Matt Jones for a first down that allowed Washington to line up in the victory formation.
"I like the way our team fought," Gruden said. "We overcame some adversity."
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