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Redskins Fall To Patriots, 27-10


The Washington Redskins fell to 3-5 Sunday with a 27-10 loss to the host New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

The Washington Redskins knew it would be quite the challenge to come into Gillette Stadium on Sunday and knock off the undefeated New England Patriots.

Check out these top photos from the Washington Redskins' 2015 Week 9 matchup against the New England Patriots Nov. 8, 2015, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Falling into a 14-0 hole at the end of the first quarter certainly didn't help matters.

From there, the Redskins couldn't keep up with the league's top offense, losing 27-10 in front of a packed house in Foxborough, Mass.

The loss moves Washington's all-time record against New England to 6-4, and drops its 2015 record to 3-5.

The fourth quarter began with the Patriots (8-0) facing a 3rd and 8 from the Washington 43-yard line. But Washington's struggles defending on 3rd and long on Sunday would continue, as Tom Brady found tight end Rob Gronkowski for 12 yards and the first down.

Seven plays later, Brady threw a perfectly-placed ball over the top to running back Brandon Bolen, who beat Perry Riley Jr. in coverage, for an, 18-yard touchdown. After the extra point, New England extended its lead to 27-3 with 11:33 left in the game.

The Redskins would only get as far as their own 34 on their ensuing drive before being forced to punt. The Patriots would be forced to do the same on their next drive.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins would lead the Washington offense on a drive deep into New England territory to wrap up the game.

A 13-yard completion to Chris Thompson gave them First and Goal from the six-yard line. A defensive holding then call set up the Redskins a 1st and Goal from the 3 with 33 seconds left.

That set up a three-yard touchdown from Cousins to tight end Jordan Reed, extending the Florida product's career season.

The Patriots would run the clock out from there.

THIRD QUARTER: Patriots 20, Redskins 3
The Redskins have rarely received the ball to open up the second half this season, which is exactly what they did Sunday against the Patriots.

But they would only get as far as the New England 42-yard line on their first drive of the third quarter, as rookie running back Matt Jones lost a fumble on 3rd and 2, giving New England the ball back at their own 43.

To the Redskins' defense's credit, they didn't break on the ensuing drive. They made a nice play to stuff LeGarrette Blount at the 3-yard line on 3rd and Goal from the 1, forcing a 21-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal. With 7:35 left in the third quarter, the Patriots extended their lead back to 17 at 20-3.

The next three drives would end in punts for the Redskins (two) and Patriots (one).

The Patriots are at the Redskins' 43 with a 3rd and 8 when we return for the fourth.

HALFTIME: Patriots 17, Redskins 3
A big interception by linebacker Keenan Robinson gave the Redskins the ball in Patriots territory to start the second quarter.

Check out images of the Washington Redskins warming up and taking the field prior to their 2015 Week 9 matchup against the New England Patriots Nov. 8, 2015, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

But Washington couldn't capitalize. A big sack on 3rd down led head coach Jay Gruden to elect to go for it on 4th and 11 from the New England 36-yard line.

The pass, intended for Pierre Garçon fell incomplete. Turnover on downs.

New England got to the Washington 11-yard line on their ensuing drive, trying two passes to tight end Rob Gronkowski to get into the end zone, both of which fell incomplete.

They got to the Washington 3-yard line before converting a 21-yard field goal to push their lead to 17-0 with 7:56 left in the second quarter.

The Redskins' offense got rolling on their next drive. Starting from their 20, they got to the New England 30 with a nine-yard pass to Garçon, a 12-yard pass to Matt Jones, a 10-yard run by Jones and a 16-yard completion to Jamison Crowder.

They faced a 3rd and 1 from the 21 after a six-yard run by Jones. Lined up in the I-formation, fullback Darrel Young led the way for Jones, who got the two yards needed for the first down to the 19.

But the Redskins would eventually face a 3rd and Goal from the 13 with 26 seconds remaining. They got to the 5 on a pass to Andre Roberts, but that's as far as they would get.

A 23-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins cut the lead to 17-3 going into halftime.

It was a good sign of life for the Redskins heading into the second half. Their defense has two takeaways -- including Brady's second interception of the season -- but the offensive gaffes, including several dropped passes, have put them in a deep hole.

FIRST QUARTER: Patriots 14, Redskins 0
Today's game started with two rarities.

Check out images of the Washington Redskins warming up and taking the field prior to their 2015 Week 9 matchup against the New England Patriots Nov. 8, 2015, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

First off, the Redskins won the opening coin toss for just the second time all season, electing to defer to the second half.

Secondly, kicker Dustin Hopkins' kickoff was *not *a touchback, as is his norm. But no worries there, as his kick was returned two yards deep in the end zone and covered well by safety Dashon Goldson, who got stopped returner Danny Amendola at the New England 16-yard line.

The Patriots used a heavy dose of the run via Dion Lewis on their opening drive, as he was able to shift and juke his way to midfield. They got to the Redskins' 41 on a 13-yard quick pass to Brandon LaFell, but faced their first 3rd down – 3rd and 2 – from the Washington 33 when Brady found Lewis wide open down the right sideline.

But Lewis couldn't hang on to the pass.

The Patriots, of course, went for it on 4th Down, however, converting on a five-yard completion to Julian Edelman.

They would score four plays later on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Edleman. It was a 13-play, 84-yard drive that took 5:59 off the clock. Too easy.

The ensuing kickoff? Onside kick. Patriots recovered it after it slipped out of the grasp of wide receiver Ryan Grant.


New England would find the end zone again on a five-yard touchdown run by LeGarrette Blount on a play in which Washington had 12 men on the field.

With 4:30 left in the first, the Redskins trailed the Patriots 14-0. Not good.

Washington started its second drive from its own 13 after an 18-yard kickoff return from Chris Thompson.

But a run and two dropped passes later -- including one by a wide open Derek Carrier -- and Washington had an ill-timed three-and-out.

The Patriots would get deep into Redskins territory again, including a 48-yard play down the field on a play in which Washington got good pressure on Brady. But the defense bailed the Redskins out again, this time on a interception by linebacker Keenan Robinson.

It was the second-career pick by Robinson, who returned the ball 44 yards to the New England 46.




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