Monday, April 23, 2018
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Redskins 42, Packers 24

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LANDOVER, Md. — Kirk Cousins went deep late and often, throwing for 375 yards and three touchdowns to lead Washington over the free-falling Packers.

Cousins and Washington have won six of eight going into a showdown with the NFC East-leading Cowboys, winners of nine in a row. The Packers have lost four straight and five of six, allowing 30 or more points in all of those defeats.

Washington's Robert Kelley, an undrafted rookie from Tulane, ran for a career-best 137 yards and three touchdowns against a Green Bay defense that allowed completions of 70, 53 and 44 yards. Cousins was 21-of-30, connecting with Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder for touchdowns and becoming the franchise leader in 300-yard games.

Aaron Rodgers was 26-of-41 for 355 yards and three touchdowns, but he couldn't keep up with what his defense gave up. Washington gained 517 yards and converted on 64 percent of its third-down attempts.

Chants of "We Want Dallas!" filled FedEx Field in the final minutes after Cousins completed a 53-yard pass to Crowder, and Kelley got his third touchdown. Washington has a quick turnaround as it visits the Cowboys on Thanksgiving this Thursday.

Packers receiver Jordy Nelson had a 13-yard touchdown catch that stood up after video review, despite ambiguity over whether he held on to the ball. Washington cornerback Josh Norman knocked the ball out of Nelson's hands in the end zone and thought it was incomplete, but officials ruled it a touchdown and replay confirmed it.

Already missing offensive linemen J.C. Tretter and T.J. Lang, the Packers lost cornerback Demitri Goodson (knee), replacement right guard Don Barclay (shoulder), linebacker Blake Marinez (knee) and safety Kentrell Brice (back). Barclay and his replacement, rookie Jason Spriggs, combined to cost Green Bay 25 yards on three penalties.

While the offenses were on ice early in the night, they combined for two touchdowns in the first 35 seconds of the fourth quarter. Rodgers' 31-yard touchdown pass to an open James Starks came on the first play of the quarter, and Cousins connected with Garcon on a 70-yard touchdown on the second play of Washington's next drive.

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