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Ron Rivera Talks About and Defends the Two-Point Conversion Decision

Minutes after another discouraging defeat, Ron Rivera gathered his team in the locker room and explained what had just happened on the field.

The coach’s decision to go for two near the end of a 20-19 loss to the New York Giants hadn’t worked, but Rivera wanted his players to know: Washington plays to win, Matthew Paras of the Washington Times reports.

“The only way to learn to win is to play to win,” Rivera said. “And that’s what I want those guys to understand.”

For Washington, here’s what playing to win looked like on Sunday: With 36 seconds left, after just scoring a touchdown that left his team trailing by one, Rivera passed up the extra point to go for two.

Afterward, Rivera was asked if Sunday’s loss “ate at him” or was he OK with the result because of what he is trying to establish long term. For a moment, Rivera was done with focusing on his process.

“It’s going to bug me because we lost,” Rivera said. “It really does. It [ticks] me off. I want to win football games. I don’t care this is my first year. I don’t care we have a group of young guys that have to learn.”

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