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Redskins fall to Giants, 27-23; Fred Davis lost for season

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Redskins fall to Giants, 27-23; Fred Davis lost for season

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ--In summary: Any discussion of Sunday’s heartbreaking 27-23 loss to the Giants must begin with the fact that the Redskins lost so much more than a game at MetLife Stadium.

Tight end Fred Davis – the team’s leading receiver in the absence of No. 1 wide receiver Pierre Garçon – is done for the season after suffering a torn left Achilles’ tendon. 

Davis was running a route in the first quarter when he crumpled to the turf, his lower leg throbbing.

“I had a lot of stuff I wanted to do this year, and I was doing it,” said Davis, who entered the game with 23 catches for 312 yards. “Yardage after catch, making plays, blocking."

Davis said he is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday, but Shanahan already has resigned himself to not having one of his offense's most dangerous weapons for the remainder of 2012. The 26-year-old walked out of the visitors’ locker room sporting an immobilizer boot and walking slowly with the assistance of crutches.

Although tight end Logan Paulsen picked up the slack nicely, hauling in a career-high four balls for a team-leading 76 yards, speculation about Chris Cooley being reunited with the Redskins will begin in earnest Monday – if it hasn’t already.

Here are eight additional notes, quotes and observations from East Rutherford, N.J.:

Turning point: The Redskins barely had time to celebrate taking a 23-20 lead with 1:38 left to play, when Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was doing the Salsa in the opposite end zone.

Cruz raced right down the middle of the field, splitting cornerback Josh Wilson and safety Madieu Williams before reeling in a 77-yard bomb from Eli Manning, answering Moss' go-ahead score only three plays earlier.

“He made a play,” Wilson said. “The guy made a play. He didn’t do anything all game. He was not a part of the game until the last play of the game.”

Offensive play of the game: Trailing 20-16 late in the fourth quarter, Griffin authored what could have been the signature comeback of his brief but stellar NFL career. Facing a second-and-six, the rookie signal caller lofted a perfectly-placed, 30-yard pass over Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley and into the hands of Moss for a touchdown that put the Redskins ahead 23-20.

The good times, though, were fleeting.

"I just feel like I lost a fight," Moss said.

Defensive play of the game: Rob Jackson posted his second interception of the season in the fourth quarter – and the timing couldn’t have been better. 

With linebacker London Fletcher on the sideline with a strained hamstring and Griffin having just lost a fumble in Giants’ territory, Jackson got the ball right back. He read Manning perfectly, then stepped between quarterback and wide receiver  Hakeem Nicks. 

Four plays later, Kai Forbath kicked a 45-yard field goal to pull the Redskins to within 20-16. 

Special teams player of the game: Forbath connected from 20, 43 and 45 yards, improving his mark with the Redskins to 4 for 4 since replacing Billy Cundiff two weeks ago.

Quote of the day: Giants defensive end Justin Tuck on Griffin: “I’m pretty mad at the football gods for putting him in the NFC East. To face that guy twice a year is going to be a headache.”

Quote of the day, Part 2: New York Coach Tom Coughlin on Manning: “When his back is up against the wall is when he does his best work.”

Injury report: Fletcher said he hopes to know more on Monday about the hamstring injury he sustained late in the game. 

“I couldn’t get full range of motion,” the defensive captain said. “I wanted to be out there, especially after we took the lead. But I couldn’t go out there and be me. I didn’t want risk further injury or put our team at a disadvantage.”

Fletcher said he suffered the injury while covering a Giants’ receiver.  

Game ball: It goes to Paulsen. The 25-year-old stepped in for Davis and hauled in a career-high four receptions for 76-yards, including a 19-yarder on fourth down that kept alive a key fourth quarter scoring drive. Entering Sunday’s game, Paulsen had never caught more than two passes in a game. 

By the numbers: The Redskins’ four turnovers (three fumbles and an interception) were twice as many as they’ve had in a game this season. In fact, they haven’t had that many turnovers since Week 6 vs. Philadelphia last season.

Record book: The Redskins’ season-high 480 yards of total offense marked the team’s highest total since amassing 481 yards against Jacksonville on Oct. 1, 2006, according to the team.

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Jay Gruden at Senior Bowl: Redskins 'totally anticipate' Kirk Cousins will return in 2017

Jay Gruden at Senior Bowl: Redskins 'totally anticipate' Kirk Cousins will return in 2017

MOBILE – Jay Gruden provided a glimmer of optimism for Redskins fans freaked out about Kirk Cousins' contract situation. 

"I totally anticipate him coming back to the Washington Redskins," Gruden said. 

The Redskins coach talked from the sidelines of the Senior Bowl where he and much of the team's staff were scouting college seniors. 

Gruden explained he had texted back and forth with Cousins a few times this offseason and looked forward to watching him play in the Pro Bowl. 

Since Gruden named Cousins starter in 2015, the quarterback had passed for more than 9,000 yards and twice broken Skins franchise passing records. 

Some indications of a long term deal for Cousins land in the $120 million range, but the Washington organization also has the flexibility to use the franchise tag this season at a cost of nearly $24 million. 

MORE REDSKINS: Who else might want to trade for Cousins?

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The Final Countdown: Redskins defense can't stop Matt Stafford for 5th worst play of 2016

The Final Countdown: Redskins defense can't stop Matt Stafford for 5th worst play of 2016

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 5 worst play of 2016

Redskins at Lions Week 7

0:22 left in Q4, Lions ball at the Redskins 18, 3rd and 10, Redskins leading 17-13

Matthew Stafford pass short left to Anquan Boldin for 18 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

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Tandler: The Redskins had just taken the lead on a nifty 19-yard option run by Kirk Cousins with 1:05 left to play. All they had to do was keep the Lions out of the end zone but the defense was not up to the task. In fact, it was laughably easy for Stafford. The first three times he dropped back he completed passes for 23, 14, and 20 yards and just like that the Lions were in the red zone. It looked for a minute like the Redskins might hang on as two passes went incomplete. But on third down Stafford found Boldin open inside the five and the defense couldn’t get there quickly enough to keep him out of the end zone.

Related: Gruden's fate hinges on Manusky

Finlay: 65 seconds was all the 'Skins defense needed to preserve a win by holding the Lions without a touchdown. 65 seconds away from a five-game win streak, and knowing what we do now, a playoff berth. The Redskins defense couldn't stop Stafford, or Boldin, and lost in Detroit. A gut wrenching loss as the momentum on the Washington sideline seemed incredibly high just minutes before when Cousins ran in what looked like the game-winning score. 

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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