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Why Jay Gruden decided to go for two in first half vs. Packers

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For those watching the Redskins-Packers game on TV, the decision to go for two at the end of the half seemed quite confusing. For those at the game, it made sense. 

Wind is swirling inside FedEx Field, and Rob Kelley's touchdown came in the end zone seeing the brunt of the force. Instead of line up for an extra point, the Redskins went for two, unsuccesfully, running Chris Thompson up the middle on a draw. 

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NBC reporter Michelle Tafoya caught up with Washington coach Jay Gruden at the half and asked the coach about the two-point call. Gruden explained he was not comfortable kicking in the wind.

The TD gave the 'Skins a 13-10 lead, but with an extra point the lead would have been 14-10. 

It will be interesting to see if the call comes back to haunt the Skins later in the game. 

UPDATE: About midway through the third quarter, the Packers found themselves driving toward the same end zone where Gruden decided to go for two. After being stuffed on third down, Green Bay elected to try a field goal from roughly the same part of the field as the extra point would have been. Packers kicker Mason Crosby pushed the field goal wide left, and the wind seemed to be a factor.