Leading up to Sunday, fans of the Washington Football Team were merely hoping for a competitive game against Green Bay.
Simply put, these were two teams trending in opposite directions. Washington entered on a two-game losing streak, while the Packers had won five in a row after their season-opening loss.
Believe it or not, Washington gave fans exactly that … for the first half.
A touchdown from Aaron Rodgers to Allen Lazard with 15 seconds left in the second quarter wasn’t enough to break Washington’s spirit. However, the start of the third quarter went about as bad as you could’ve expected.
On their opening possession, Washington looked to get Antonio Gibson going. For a split second, it looked like Gibson was going to break a long touchdown.
Just as Gibson was about to take off into the secondary, though, he tripped over Ereck Flower’s leg. On the very next play, Taylor Heinicke was strip-sacked and Green Bay scored a touchdown minutes later to go up 21-7.
And the touchdown:
If you thought that was bad, though, Heinicke had a golden opportunity to bring Washington back within a touchdown. On 3rd and goal, had a clear path to the end zone and decided to dive to avoid taking a big hit.
The only problem? Heinicke’s knee was down before he extended his arms over the goal line. Washington made the right move going for it, but the 28-year-old QB was stuffed and Green Bay took over on downs.
If you’ve been paying attention, these comedy of errors aren’t surprising. They’re actually a summary of what we’ve seen all season.
There’s still time for Washington to muster a comeback, but it’s looking highly likely they’ll fall to 2-5 on the season. What a shame.