Redskins-Ravens report card

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Impact player

A lot of credit goes to backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, who came in with the game on the line and completed two passes, including the 11-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon. His draw on the two-point conversion then tied the game.

Under the radar

Again you see the difference with wide receiver Pierre Garcon on the field. He caught five passes for 87 yards and found a way to get open on the late touchdown throw from Cousins. He also had a 23-yard reception to set up a touchdown on the game's first drive.

Did you notice ...

The motor on linebacker Rob Jackson on the first Ravens drive of the second half? First he sacked Joe Flacco and knocked the ball loose, then he hustled after it and recovered the ball back near the line of scrimmage to set up a field goal.

From the sidelines

Ravens coach John Harbaugh repeatedly has tried to fix a struggling offensive line. That unit held up in the first half, but Flacco was a target in the second half with two turnovers directly related to Washington's pressure.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan finally decided to turn away from returner Brandon Banks and went with Richard Crawford instead. That paid off in overtime when Crawford's 64-yard punt return set up Kai Forbath's game-winning field goal.

bmcnally@washingtonexaminer.com

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