Not many had faith that Kirk Cousins could pull it off, but Sunday after trailing at one point 24-0 to the Bucs, the QB turned it around in a big time way.
Cousins and the Redskins rallied all day long, and in the end he threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Reed with 24 seconds left, to lead the Redskins past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-30.
The QB threw three second-half touchdown passes, and finished 33 for 40 for 317 yards, the three TDs and zero interceptions. He also ran for an 8-yard touchdown in the second quarter for Washington’s first points.
It is the largest deficit overcome by the Redskins (3-4) in a victory.
Cousins hadn’t completed more than one TD pass in any game all season, but he got a pair of 3-yard scores in the third quarter, sandwiched around an onside kick, to make things interesting.
Then, trailing 30-24, Washington got the ball at its 20 with a little less than 2 1/2 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Cousins threw on every play, going 9 for 11 for 75 yards, capped by the 6-yard toss to Reed.
The Bucs built a huge lead thanks to the play of first overall pick Jameis Winston, who was 21 for 29 for 297 yards and two first-half touchdowns.
Doug Martin ran for 136 yards on 19 carries for Tampa Bay as they built the quick and early lead.
The Redskins began to close the gap, as Cousins scored on a TD run, and then in the third quarter, the portion of games that had been devastating dreadful for Washington this season. The Redskins came into Sunday having been outscored 46-3 in that period.
It may have saved his job, as Jay Gruden would have been hard pressed to stay any further with Cousins if the team would have lost to the Bucs.