GREATER LANDOVER, Md. (WIVB) — Since 1991, the Bills had only lost to the Redskins one time — in Super Bowl XXVI. That changed Sunday as the Bills fell to Washington in Maryland at Fed Ex Field.
The two teams headed into the game with playoffs hopes still alive, however only one team started the game as if their playoff hopes had life.
The Redskins got a quick start, scoring in each of their three first possessions. Kirk Cousins, looking like a veteran signal caller, relied on Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson, targeting each for massive gains.
Reed and Cousins connected for two touchdowns, but Cousins would score the third on his own, waltzing into the end zone on a 13-yard rush.
The quick start left the Bills in shock and awe, as they had three consecutive punts.
Cousins, who had over 300 passing yards on the day, would not be the only saving grace of the Redskins. Washington’s defense also was an unsung hero.
They shut out the Bills in the first half, even stopping Buffalo from scoring on a drive where Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel worked in tandem to get Buffalo to the 1-yard-line. However after several rush attempts failed against the stalwart Redskins defensive line, the Bills would also fail on a pass attempt on fourth down.
In the second half, adjustments made by the Bills coaching staff were evident. Buffalo’s defense began to contain Cousins by putting heavier pressure on the veteran, and Greg Roman’s offense capitalized.
The Bills, behind Tyrod Taylor, scored three times in the third quarter alone with two touchdowns and a field goal, bringing the game to a two possession game.
Sammy Watkins and Tyrod Taylor did their dance, connecting on a lengthy pass after Mike Gillislee scored his first touchdown as a Buffalo Bill on a 60 yard rush — the longest of Buffalo’s season.
But the Redskins wouldn’t be stopped for long. They punched one into the endzone in the third, and another in the fourth, bringing the game to a seemingly insurmountable 35 to 17.
Although Buffalo found its stride in the second half, scoring again to bring the game to 35-25, the efforts of the team would not be enough to turn the tide.
After falling to the Redskins, the Bills have no further hopes at securing a playoff spot. They fall to 6-8, but look forward to ending the season with two home games against the Cowboys and Jets.
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