Game two of the NFC Wild Card game pits the Green Bay Packers against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Maryland where the temperature is some 60 degrees warmer than it was for game one in Minnesota. Temperatures are warmer but it is also very windy with gusts over 30 mph.
The winner of the game will travel to the desert to face the Arizona Cardinals next weekend.
Green Bay won the coin toss and chose to receive the ball first. Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins kicks off the ball to start the game. After a touch back, the Packers take over possession of the ball on the 20 yard line.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers starts the game with an eleven yard first down pass. But on the next series fails to convert a third and long and the Packers have to punt the ball. Washington takes over possession of the ball on the 37 yard line.
The Redskins go three and out on the their first possession and have to punt the ball. Taking the ball inside the 10 yard line, the Packers bring the ball out to the 17 but a penalty flag is thrown for an illegal ball in the back against Green Bay and the Packers will begin their possession on the eight yard line.
After a false start penalty on the Packers, it is thrid and 13 from the four yard line. The Redskins sack Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers in the end zone for a safety. The score is 2-0 Redskins. The Packers will kick the ball to the Redskins.
The Redskins run the ball back to near mid-field and will start their secnd possession of the game on the 45 yard line. Redskins run for a 16 yard gain and a first down. The players are getting aggressive and are “mixing it up” between plays. The Redskins have a first down just outside the10 yard line. On first down Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins throws a touchdown pass that goes out of bounds on the ½ yard line for a first and goal. On third and goal the Redskins are charged with a delay of game penalty and are moved back five yards. The Packer defense holds Washington and it is fourth and goal. Dustin Hopkins will attempt a 25 yard field goal. The kick is good for a 5-0 Washington lead.
Hopkins’ kickoff goes into the end zone where it is returned to the 20 yard line. The Packers go three and out and will have to punt the ball. The Redskins will take over possession of the ball on the 32 yard line.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is sacked for a 12 yard loss. Cousins recovered his own fumble for a second and 22. On a third and 15 the Redskins go three and out and punt the ball. After a 60 yard punt the Packers take over the ball on the 13 yard line.
The Green Bay Packers fail to convert a third and eight and go three and out. After a short punt return and a holding penalty on Washington, the Redskins take over possession of the ball on the 36 yard line.
On a third and long Jordan Reed makes a one handed catch for a 21 yard gain…and a first down.
At the end of the first quarter the score is Redskins 5 and the Packers 0.
On the first play of the second quarter, the Redskins make a first down on a pass, but get a four yard loss on the next play for second and 14. Cousins throws a 24 yard pass to Jordan Reed for a touchdown. The extra point is no good and the score is 11-0 Washington.
Hopkins kicks off the ball into the end zone for a touch back. Green Bay will start their possession on the 20 yard line.
The Packers lose a yard on the first down; it’s second and eleven. On third and four the Redskins are charged with a five yard penalty for having 12 men on the field; the result is a first down for Green Bay. Rogers makes a 34 yard pass completion for a first down. The packers cross the mid-field line for the first time in the game. The Packers get a first down on the 12 yard line. Redskin coach Jay Groudon tried to call a time out which was missed by the officials; as a result, the Redskins are charged with a penalty as Rogers completes a touchdown pass. The penalty is declined and the touchdown counts. The extra point is good; the score is Redskins 11 the Packers 7.
The windy conditions are causing issues for the kickers and require a player to hold the ball. The kickoff results in a touch back and Washington takes over the ball on the 20 yard line.
The Redskins covert downs and earn a first down on a 25 yard run but Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is sacked on the next play and fumbles the ball. Green Bay recovers the fumble and takes over the ball on the 46 yard line.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers avoids a big loss when he throws the ball away, The Packers make a first down on the next play. On a first and 10 Rogers throws a pass toward the end zone but the pass is incomplete. Washington is charged with a five yard penalty for crossing the line; making a second and 10 a second and five. The pass is dropped on third and two; the Packers attempt a 43 yard field goal. The kick is good making the score Redskins 11 and the Packers 10.
After a touch back on the kickoff, the Redskins take over the ball on the 20 yard line. The Redskins go three and out and have to punt the ball. The Packers catch the punt inside the 25 and bring it out to the 40 yard line.
Redskins coach Jay Groudon attempts to challenge a play but the official ruled forward progress and the play cannot be challenged. It’s the two minute warning. After the two minute warning, it’s second and five for the packers. Green Bay gets a first down on a six yard screen pass. On a Rogers pass, the Packers convert the first third down of the game for a first and goal. On second and goal, the Packers score a touchdown on an Aaron Rogers pass. The extra point is good bringing the score to Packers 17 and Washington 11. There are 28 second left in the half.
The Redskins bring the kickoff out to the 20 yard line. The Redskins take a kneel down and go to the locker room to end the first half.
The Packers kick off to Washington to start the second half. The Redskins bring the ball out to the 27 yard line. In the first play of the half Kirk Cousins throws a 21 yard pass to mid-field for a first down. After two big plays Washington loses yardage on a first down for a second and 14. A pass play leaves Washington just short of the first down; leaving a fourth and one, Washington goes for it and makes the first down with 17 yard pass completion to the six for a first and goal. The Redskins convert a third and goal with a Kirk Cousins run into the end zone for a touchdown. The score is tied at 17. Dustin Hopkins makes the extra point to put Washington back in the lead 18-17.
Hopkins kicks off the ball through the end zone for a touch back. The Packers take over the ball on the 20 yard line.
Heading into the wind, the Packers convert the first down and then Aaron Rogers throws a long incomplete pass with only Redskins in the area. Rogers manages to avoid a sack and get the pass off for a first down conversion. The Redskins stop the third and one play to bring up a fourth down. The Packers go for it and convert the first down with a 13 yard run. On a first and 10 the Packers break loose for a 30 yard run; making it first and goal from the four yard line. The Packers score a touchdown on a four yard run to take back the lead 23-18. The extra point is good to make it Packers 24 and Redskins 18.
In a short kick off, the Redskins take over the ball on the 14 yard line and runs it to the 24. On a third and long, Washington fails to convert the down when Kirk Cousins overthrows a long pass. The Redskins punt the ball; Green Bay takes over on the 24 yard line.
After making one first down conversion, the Packers lose yardage for a second and 13 but Aaron Rogers finds his receiver for a 16 yard pass completion.
At the end of the third quarter the Packers lead the Redskins 24-18.
The Green Bay Packers begin the fourth quarter at mid-field with a first down run by James Starks. He follows it up with two more runs for a first down. The Redskins are charged with a five yard penalty for encroachment giving the Packers a first and five. James Starks takes the first and five and runs for a first and goal. Green Bay scores another touchdown on the next play. The Packers forego the extra point and try for the two point conversion. The attempt is good and the Packers lead 32-18.
The Packers kickoff to the end zone for a touch back. Washington takes over the ball on the 20 yard line.
The Redskins convert a third and one with a 10 yard run. Cousins follows it with a 22 yard pass completion. Cousins is sacked for a nine yard loss, making it second and 19. After an incomplete pass, the Redskins fail to convert the third down and will have to punt the ball. After the punt the Packers will take over the ball inside the 10 yard line.
The Packers begin their drive at the nine yard line but lose two yards on the first down attempt. The second down pass draws a penalty flag for defensive pass interference. The call brings an automatic first down with the ball on the 27 yard line. The Packers fail to convert a third down and punt the ball. The Redskins fair catch the ball inside the 10 yard line.
With only six minutes remaining in the game and down by two touchdowns, the Redskins have a big hill to climb if they hope to earn a trip out west. So far this weekend, all of the visiting teams have won the games. If the Packers pull it off, it will be the first time that all of the visiting teams won a playoff on the same weekend.
The Redskins go into the hurry up mode to try and put some points on the board. After making one first down, the Redskins cannot convert a third down and choose to go for it on fourth and 10. The Packers sack quarterback Kirk Cousins.
The Packers take over possession of the ball on the Redskin 17 yard line. On a third and nne the Packers fail to convert the down and face a fourth down. The attempt a 29 yard field goat. The kick is good to bring the lead to 17 points with a score of 35-18.
The Packers kick off with 4:36 remaining in the game. The Redskins take over the ball on the 15 yard line. In a big run the Redskins go 38 yards and venture into the Packer’s side of the field. A long pass from Cousins to Pierre Garcon is good and brings a roughing the passer penalty against the Packers. The Redskins get more yards for a first and 10 on the eleven yard line. The Packers challenge the ruling of a completed catch. The ruling on the field was confirmed and Green Bay was charged with a time out. The Redskins have the ball on the six yard line with a third and four but a five yard penalty brings it to third and nine. The pass is complete but did not convert the down. On fourth down the Redskins go for it again and Kirk Cousins gets sacked on the 20 yard line. The Packers take over the ball on the 20 yard line. That was the fifth sack of the day for Green Bay.
On a first and 10 run, the Packers fumbled the ball and was recovered by Washington on the 32 yard line. There is only 1:51 remaining in the game.
On the first down, Kirk Cousins throws an incomplete pass that is nowhere near a Redskin player. On second down, the Redskins convert the first down. On third and eight Cousins is again sacked for a nine yard loss. With 24 seconds remaining in the game, the Redskins go for it but fail to convert the down. The Pakcers take over possession of the ball.
With a 17 point lead, the Green Bay Packers take a kneel down for the win.
Green Bay will face the Arizona Cardinals next week.
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