The Washington Redskins on Monday night held close to the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, but ultimately couldn't keep up in their 27-17 loss at FedExField.
The Redskins – who moved to 1-4 with the loss – often found themselves pinned back deep in their own territory, and couldn't muster any kind of consistent offensive success against one of the top defensive units in the league.
But Washington was able to put together two drives that ended in touchdowns, both of which featured some extremely accurate passing from quarterback Kirk Cousins as well as the rare talents of wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts.
For a full recap, let's take a look back at the action as it happened.
No. 1: Jackson Burns The 'Legion Of Boom' It was a thing of beauty against one of the best secondaries in the league.
With about 2:40 left in the second quarter of Monday night's game, the Redskins were trailing 17-0 and really needed some sign of life to get a little momentum going into halftime.
On 2nd and 6, Cousins, lined up in the shotgun formation, dropped back. He was flushed from the pocket and had to scramble to his right before making an impressive throw off his back foot that traveled about 40 yards in the air straight into the waiting hands of wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who had burned cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Kam Chancellor.
From there, all Jackson had to do was step out of a shoestring tackle attempt by Sherman and waltz into the end zone to complete the 60-yard touchdown play.
No. 2: Cousins Threads The Needle To Roberts
The Redskins were in desparation mode late in Monday night's game, but for a moment got exactly what they needed to keep any hopes of a comeback alive.
Washington, trailing 24-10 with 3:40 left in the game, faced a 2nd and 1 from the Seattle 6-yard line. Cousins, lined up in the shotgun with an empty backfield, took the snap, and after a quick three-step drop, fired a missle to Roberts, who was wide open in the middle of the end zone.
The throw was an impressive one, as it zipped just past the outstretched fingers of Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and right to the waiting hands of Roberts, who earned his second touchdown reception in as many weeks.