For the first time this season, the Washington Redskins went on the road and secured a victory, as they defeated the Chicago Bears 24-21 at Soldier Field, staying atop the NFC East.
All week leading up to their matchup on Sunday with the Chicago Bears, the Washington Redskins heard all the talk about their road game woes in 2015.
While they continually put together tough efforts at FedExField, winning five of seven at home so far this season, they hadn't been victorious away from their home turf since last October, when they escaped AT&T Stadium with an overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
There was only one way they'd be able to silence the doubters, those that felt the Redskins couldn't be a playoff contending team without a road victory: and that was to win.
They did just that on Sunday, outlasting the Bears on a rainy afternoon by a final of 24-21 at Soldier Field.
"Oh, it feels awesome," middle linebacker Will Compton said. "It feels awesome to get that elephant off our back. Now we got another one next week. We got to win two in a row now."
The Redskins jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the second quarter before the Bears scored in the last minute of the first half.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins would lead the offense to a touchdown on their first drive of the third quarter – a five-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Reed – before the Bears would score back-to-back touchdowns later in the quarter to even up the game.
Dustin Hopkins would nail a 47-yard field goal early into the fourth quarter before a combination of strong defense by the Redskins and a missed field goal by Robbie Gould gave the Redskins a victory.
"Just pure joy," said linebacker Ryan Kerrigan of Gould's missed field goal, effectively securing the Redskins' victory. "We knew that they had one timeout left, so we knew that our offense could run out the clock. Once that kick went wide, we were all happy."
Check out images of the Washington Redskins celebrating their 2015 Week 14 victory over the Chicago Bears Dec. 13, 2015, at Soldier Field.
"We put ourselves in some situations, we shouldn't even been in that close of a game," fullback Darrel Young admitted. "They're a really good football team, well coached, but going forward to next week got to eliminate stuff and just be better. We beat a good football team today, but those guys are really well coached they'll be alright."
Nose tackle Terrance Knighton said he wasn't concerned about the late game scare, knowing the Redskins would pull through.
"We were prepared for the situation we we're in and it was about executing," Knighton said. "Executing good and the guys got together on the sideline and we were just talking about winning the game and finishing. Nobody's head was down and we had faith in our offense that we're going to finish it out and they had faith in us that we were going to give them the opportunity to keep the ball."
The Redskins return to FedExField next Sunday to face a Buffalo Bills squad that narrowly lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14 action today at Lincoln Financial Field.
After that, they face the Eagles and Dallas Cowboys on the road to close out the season. "It's a great feeling," Cousins said of the victory on Sunday. "A win on the road is special, and we needed it. Keeps us in the hunt, and a special day. Wasn't perfect, but we found a way."