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Trio of Newcomers Lead Redskins to Victory

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Kirk Cousins, Richard Crawford, and Kai Forbath all proved to be unlikely heroes in the Redskins' victory.

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When Robert Griffin III hurt his knee late in the fourth quarter on a rough hit from Haloti Ngata, FedEx Field collectively held their breath. When their quarterback and savior appeared to come in after a play break, the late drive appeared to be saved. RGII completed two passes, one for 15 yards and one for 22, before the injury proved to be too much. He was taken out, replaced by a very cold Kirk Cousins, who had not played since early October.

On the first play, a third down, Cousins's pass fell incomplete, and it looked again like Washington's hopes had been dashed. A pass interference call changed that, and Cousins then calmly drove the team down the field, found Pierre Garcon in the end zone for an eleven-yard score, and ran the two-point conversion up the gut, tying the game at 28 and forcing overtime.

And of course, GIFs of the two plays:

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The Ravens received the ball to start out overtime, and it again looked like the Redskins were going to fall short. However, the defense came up with a big stop, forcing a punt. Richard Crawford, returning punts in place of the ineffective Brandon Banks, took it back 64 yards, putting Washington in field goal range.

Kai Forbath, perfect thus far in his Redskins career and two-for-two (48, 49) up to that point in the game, lined up from the left hash, and nailed the 34-yard field goal to win the game.

We'll give you an update as soon as we know Robert Griffin III's status, and stick around for more coverage on this exciting game this week.