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In Tough Outing, Redskins Fall To The Chargers In Los Angeles
December 11, 2017 12:02 AM | Stephen Czarda
The Redskins struggled against the Chargers on Sunday afternoon, falling to Los Angeles by a final of 30-13 at the Stubhub Center in Carson, Calif.

Fourth Quarter: Redskins 13, Chargers 30
Kirk Cousins completed his first two passes to Josh Doctson and Brian Quick respectively to start the final frame, but a sack on a second down pass attempt placed the Redskins in a 3rd-and-23 spot in which a Jamison Crowder screen pass couldn't wipe away.

Washington made a switch along the offensive line with Ty Nsekhe coming in to replace Trent Williams at left tackle. Also, with Samaje Perine questionable to return with a stomach issue, LeShun Daniels took over at running back.

While the Chargers looked poised to extend their lead with less than three minutes left in the contest, Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland recorded a 96-yard pick-six, the first of his career.

The offense came out for one final possession after the interception before the final whistle.

Third Quarter: Redskins 6, Chargers 30
Washington's opening drive of the second half lasted just four plays and picking up 17 yards before Tress Way's punt was downed inside the five-yard line.

On third down, Kirk Cousins tried to scramble for a first down but was stopped short of the marker.

Washington's defense held strong on its first appearance of the quarter, though, not allowing Los Angeles to get outside of its own 20-yard line.

The Chargers would extend their lead off some trickery, as a flea flicker back to Philip Rivers turned into a 51-yard completion to Keenan Allen before Melvin Gordon punched in it from one yard out.

The offense's struggles in the third quarter continued, as Washington was forced into a three-and-out before Way once again came out to punt. On a third down deep pass to Josh Doctson, the Redskins wide receiver was tripped up by Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward, but no flag was thrown.

Benefitting from a holding call that set Los Angeles back, Washington would force a punt on the ensuing drive. On second down, Deshazor Everett perfectly time a pass breakup to keep the Chargers in a third-and-long situation.

Second Quarter: Redskins 6, Chargers 23
The second frame opened with a four-yard run by rookie Samaje Perine before Kirk Cousins found Ryan Grant streaking down the middle of the field for a 28-yard gain.

The Redskins would go for it on fourth down from the Chargers' 37-yard line, as Cousins found Niles Paul for a 15-yard gain as the tight end stayed with his quarterback before leaping up to grab the ball at its highest point.

Three plays later, Cousins once again extended the play with his legs to roll out and find Vernon Davis for a 23-yard touchdown. Washington kicker Nick Rose, however, missed his extra point.

Los Angeles immediately struck back, though, as Philip Rivers found Tyrell Williams for a 75-yard touchdown on the Chargers' first offensive play of the quarter.

After Bashaud Breeland returned the ensuing kickoff to the 40-yard line, Perine got the offense moving on first down with a six-yard run before Josh Doctson got the Redskins a new set of downs off a 13-yard reception on third down.

Four plays later, the Redskins once again went for it on fourth down but a lob from Cousins to Davis was just barely overthrown for the veteran tight end.

While the Chargers were able to march inside the Redskins' 20-yard line late in the quarter, the Redskins held strong to force a third field goal on the afternoon. On second down inside the red zone, Anthony Lanier II registered his third sack in the last four games.

Washington would get one run off before the two-minute warning. After the break, Cousins' first completion would be to Josh Doctson, however, the Redskins were unable to convert on 3rd-and-2.

The Chargers almost extended their lead just before halftime, but a run play was stopped inside the five-yard line with no time left in the quarter.

First Quarter: Redskins 0, Chargers 13
After the Redskins won the opening coin toss, Washington elected to defer to the second half giving Los Angeles' offense opened the game with a field goal after the Redskins held strong on a 3rd-and-8 pass inside the 20-yard line.

On the third down pass by Philip Rivers, Redskins second-year defensive lineman Anthony Lanier II got hit in the head with the attempt before it hit the turf.

On Washington's second play of the game, the Redskins picked up 18 yards as Kirk Cousins threw a bullet to Jamison Crowder between three defenders. The Redskins gave Samaje Perine on a 3rd-and-2 read-option run, but the rookie back was stopped in the backfield.

After Tress Way's ensuing punt was downed inside Los Angeles' 10-yard line, the Chargers would get out of the shadows of their own goalposts to score the first touchdown of the afternoon as Rivers found Hunter Henry for an eight-yard touchdown on a drive that spanned 92 yards.

The Redskins' second drive lasted just one play, as Cousins was picked off as the quarterback tried to find Vernon Davis on a wheel route down the left sideline.

The Chargers would churn the turnover into their second field goal of the quarter, as cornerback Josh Norman stayed glued to Keenan Allen on a third down pass attempt.

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