Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) hands off to running back Alfred Morris (46 )during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Washington’s NFL team won its first road game of the season against the Chicago Bears, 24-21, on Dec. 13 to retain first place in the NFC East.
Washington started the game with an eight-and-a-half minute opening drive that culminated with running back Alfred Morris’ first touchdown of the season, a one-yard carry.
At the top of the second quarter, quarterback Kirk Cousins scored on a three-yard run off a fake handoff to running back Matt Jones. The read-option scheme fooled Chicago’s defense, and Washington took a 14-0 lead.
Seconds before halftime, Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler capped off a 58-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to receiver Alshon Jeffery. The touchdown trimmed Chicago’s deficit to 14-7.
Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) breaks a tackle by Chicago Bears defensive back Chris Prosinski (31) as he carries the ball to the 1-yard line during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) and outside linebacker Jonathan Anderson (58) follow on the play. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)
Tight end Jordan Reed extended Washington’s lead in the third quarter with a six-yard touchdown reception. Reed, who has proven to be a favorite target for Cousins this season, finished with nine receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown.
Midway through the third quarter, Chicago put together a key drive to remain in the game. Cutler targeted running back Jeremy Langford five times on the 10-play, 80-yard drive. Tight end Zach Miller finished it off with a nine-yard touchdown reception.
Cousins hadn’t thrown an interception in Washington’s previous two home games, but his streak didn’t hold up on the road, as the quarterback’s bad throw to receiver Pierre Garcon was picked off.
Chicago immediately capitalized on the turnover, and running back Matt Forte tied the game at 21 with a 7-yard rushing touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, Washington reclaimed the lead with a 47-yard field goal.
With just under two minutes left to play, Chicago kicker Robbie Gould had a chance to send the game into overtime with a field goal. However, Gould pushed the 50-yard attempt wide right, and missed his sixth field goal of the season.
Cousins completed 24 of 31 throws for 300 yards, one touchdown and an interception.
Cutler finished 19-of-31 for 315 yards and two touchdowns.
Next: Washington’s NFL team faces the Buffalo Bills at home on Dec. 20 at 1 p.m.