Back-up QB Cousins leads Redskins to victory over Ravens

Sun Dec 9, 2012 9:06pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

LANDOVER, Maryland (Reuters) - The Washington Redskins earned territorial bragging rights and continued their push for the playoffs by defeating the Baltimore Ravens 31-28 in overtime on Sunday behind the dramatic late-game heroics of rookie backup quarterback Kirk Cousins.

A 34-yard field goal by Kai Forbath, set up by rookie Richard Crawford's 64-yard punt return, ended the game four minutes into the overtime and ignited the crowd of 81,178.

The victory, however, belonged to Cousins, subbing for Robert Griffin III after the rookie starter suffered a knee sprain with 1:56 left in regulation on a tackle by the Ravens' Haloti Ngata.

While Griffin's status for next week's game at Cleveland remained unclear, the Redskins a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam revealed just the right knee sprain and that his X-ray was clear. Coach Mike Shanahan will discuss the injury further on Monday, the team said.

Cousins helped force overtime by tossing an 11-yard scoring strike to Pierre Garcon with 29 seconds left in regulation and then successfully running up the middle for the two-point conversion.

The rookie from Michigan State said the final minutes of the fourth quarter "all happened so fast I am not sure I can replay it all correctly until I watch the tape.

"I thought, 'I am going to make something happen and try to do my best RG3,'" said Cousins, who completed his two passing attempts for 26 yards.

"Pierre ended up coming off his route and breaking away, breaking open - wide open - and all I had to do was put it his arms."   Continued...

Washington Redskins place kicker Kai Forbath (R) is hugged by teammate Chris Chester (L) after Forbath kicked a game-winning field goal in overtime against the Baltimore Ravens in their NFL football game in Landover, Maryland December 9, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron