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Were the Redskins gifted a key, fourth-quarter Duke Johnson fumble?

Were the Redskins gifted a key, fourth-quarter Duke Johnson fumble?

Did the Redskins get lucky on Sunday?

With roughly ten minutes left in the fourth quarter against the Browns, the Redskins were clinging to a 24-20 lead. The Redskins had trailed for much of the first half, before taking a 17-14 lead before the Browns kicked a field goal to retie the game at 17-17 heading into halftime.

The Browns took a 20-17 lead on a field goal, but the Redskins responded with ten play, 91-yard drive that resulted in a 5-yard Chris Thompson touchdown catch, resulting in a 24-20 lead.

Then something funny happened.

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After running back Isaiah Crowell broke off back-t-back runs of 17 and 8 yards respectively, Duke Johnson filled in on Second-and-2. Johnson was hit and the ball came lose. The referees awarded the fumble recovery to the Redskins,  who would find the end zone again in under two minutes, giving them a 31-20 lead.

But did the Redskins deserve to recover the fumble? 

This photo certainly shows the Browns have possession of the ball while Redskins players are still fighting in the pile. 

It was a hotly debated call on Twitter, but did the refs make the right call?

The NFL reportedly reviewed the play on Monday morning and there was no evidence that a Browns player recovered the ball from the pile.

Having possession of the ball out of the pile does not mean one recovered possession of the ball. 

Here is the official response from the NFL, via Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot: "The on-field ruling was a fumble, recovered by Washington. It was confirmed as a fumble in instant replay without the need to stop the game. As to the recovery, several different angles were looked at, but with nothing definitive shown, there was no need to stp the game because the on-field ruling that awarded possession to Washington would have stood."

Johnson unquestionably fumbled the ball, but did the Redskins recover it?

It's hard to tell, and sometimes even the refs can't get it right. 

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.

 

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?

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Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance? 

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