Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Despite his recent hot streak, quarterback Kirk Cousins was unable to lead Washington’s NFL team to its first playoff win in more than 10 years. Washington fell to the Green Bay Packers, 38-15, in the NFC Wild Card game on Jan. 10 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. 

Washington (9-8) put the first points on the board early in the first quarter when Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked in the end zone for a safety. Later in the quarter, Cousins found wide receiver DeSean Jackson for what seemed to be a 15-yard touchdown pass. However, the touchdown was overturned because Jackson didn’t stretch the ball across the goal line before running out of bounds. Washington settled for a field goal, taking a 5-0 lead. 

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) is knocked out of bounds by Green Bay Packers free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) just short of the touchdown during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

To close out the first quarter, Washington tight end Jordan Reed prevented a pick-six with a leaping, one-handed catch on a pass that was intended for DeSean Jackson. Four plays later, Reed hauled in a 24-yard touchdown reception to extend the lead to 11-0. 

Rodgers responded on the next drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Randall Cobb with nine minutes left until halftime. It took Green Bay (11-6) less than four minutes to score, and Rodgers caught Washington between defensive substitutions twice during the drive.  

With about six minutes until halftime, Green Bay defensive end Mike Neal sacked Cousins, and the Packers recovered the loose ball near midfield. Green Bay was able to capitalize on the turnover with a 43-yard field goal to cut the lead to 11-10.  

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) pulls in a touchdown pass under pressure from Green Bay Packers strong safety Micah Hyde (33) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Rodgers connected with wide receiver Davante Adams for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds left to put the Packers in front, 17-11, at halftime. Green Bay scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter. 

Washington regained the lead in the third quarter when Cousins scored on a quarterback keeper on third-and-goal.  

However, the Packers continued their hot streak from the first half, and running back James Starks scored a four-yard rushing touchdown on the next drive. After that, Washington went three-and-out, and Green Bay had a 24-18 lead heading into the fourth quarter.  

Despite Rodgers’ shaky start in the first quarter, Green Bay’s offense developed a well-balanced game in the second half. Rodgers seemed to be picking apart Washington’s secondary, and the running backs had established a rhythm as well. 

With over 12 minutes left to play, Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy capped off a 10-play, 76-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 32-18. The play marked Green Bay’s fifth-consecutive scoring drive since the second quarter. Later, another field goal widened the gap to the final score of 35-18. 

Washington had early opportunities to take a commanding lead, but was unable to make it happen. Once Rodgers found his groove in the second half, the NFC East champions couldn’t keep up offensively.  

Cousins finished 29-of-46 for 329 yards and one touchdown. He was also sacked five times. Reed had nine receptions for 120 yards and one touchdown.  

Rodgers finished 21-of-36 for 210 yards and two touchdowns. The Packers had 141 total rushing yards. 

Green Bay will advance to the NFC divisional round and face the Arizona Cardinals on Jan. 16 at 8:15 p.m.