Monday, March 10, 2014 3:17 AM
Published on: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
By Brandy L. Simms
In what will likely go down as one of the greatest comebacks in franchise history, rookie backup quarterback Kirk Cousins led the Washington Redskins to a miraculous 31-28 overtime victory against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday before 81, 178 spectators at Fed Ex Field in Landover.
Trailing 28-20 late in the fourth quarter, Cousins replaced injured starter Robert Griffin III at quarterback in the final minute and completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon before calling his own number on a quarterback draw for the game-tying, two-point conversion to send the contest into overtime.
“That was a great play call,” Redskins center Will Montgomery said. “I think that was the last thing they were expecting. They actually dropped one of their defensive ends in coverage. It kind of opened up the middle.”
The Redskins wasted little time to make a mark in the overtime period; after Baltimore’s three and out, Richard Crawford reeled off a 64-yard punt return to set up Kai Forbath’s 34-yard field goal that sealed the Redskins’ fourth consecutive win and sent the Ravens home with their second straight loss.
The Redskins (7-6) played the final moments of regulation and overtime without Griffin, who was sidelined with a sprained right knee. However, Cousins showed why the Redskins made him a fourth round draft pick out of Michigan State and guided the franchise to one of their biggest wins in team history.
“It’s huge to come back and do that, especially against a team that’s known for their defense,” said Redskins running back Alfred Morris, who rushed for a game-high 122 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown. “It was a great job. We never got down and we still had faith. We were fighting for each other, fighting to keep our hopes alive, and fighting to be in the playoffs. Just taking it one game at a time and against all odds, we came out there and we got it done as a team.”