The Washington Redskins were firmly in control of their rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, in week 16 of the 2013 NFL season. Even with Kirk Cousins still taking the snaps for Washington, the Redskins had been able to put up points on four of their first seven drives and start the fourth quarter with a 23-14 lead.
However, the Redskins defense, which had put forth a fantastic effort in the third quarter, forcing a fumble, an interception, and a three-and-out, fell flat on their faces in the final period. The defense was unable to stop an eight-minute drive that led to a field goal to start the quarter and then allowed a two-minute scoring drive and great plays from Tony Romo for a touchdown.
Washington was unable to do anything with a 1:08 remaining on the clock and ultimately turned the ball over on downs with 40 seconds left in the game, grabbing just four yards on that final drive before taking their 12th loss of the season.
The Redskins still have one last chance to end what is now a seven-game losing streak as they face the New York Giants in week 17 of the regular season, but that doesn’t change the over-arching theme of this season. Really, this 2013 Redskins season has been all about sour notes.
Whenever Washington has had the chance to turn things around, end on a high note, or something of that capacity, they’ve fallen short and usually have done so in pretty pitiful and heartbreaking fashion. They didn’t see the Robert Griffin III they were hoping to, their defense has been abysmal, and they haven’t been able to finish. Ultimately, this year is just one to forget for the Redskins, but it might take a little bit for the sting and sour taste to go away.