The Times-Tribune

Panthers damage Redskins’ hopes

Washington loses control of its playoff chances with defeat to Carolina.

- BY STEPHEN WHYNO

LANDOVER, Md. — Kirk Cousins threw an intercepti­on and fumbled near his goal line as the Washington Redskins coughed up their easiest path to the playoffs with a 26-15 loss to the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers on Monday night.

Washington (7-6-1) could have clinched a playoff berth by winning its final three games, but now needs help. Carolina (6-8) kept its astronomic­al wild-card hopes alive and dealt a serious blow to the Redskins’ chances with two weeks left in the season.

After being picked off by Kurt Coleman in the first half to set up a Carolina field goal, Cousins was sacked by Wes Horton and fumbled on the first snap after halftime as the Panthers took over at the 1-yard line. They scored two plays later to take a 20-9 lead.

Cousins finished 32 of 47 for 316 yards with far too many missed throws in a game with such high stakes.

Reigning league MVP Cam Newton showed no ill effects from a shoulder injury suffered last week, throwing for 300 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers took advantage of blunders by the Redskins, who lost their sixth consecutiv­e Monday night home game.

It was Washington’s most lopsided loss since being routed, 38-16, by Pittsburgh in the season opener, also on a Monday night.

 ?? PATRICK SEMANSKY / ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) and free safety Will Blackmon (41) break up a pass intended for Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn during the second half of Monday night’s game. Ginn caught four passes for 64 yards and one touchdown as the Panthers...
PATRICK SEMANSKY / ASSOCIATED PRESS Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) and free safety Will Blackmon (41) break up a pass intended for Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn during the second half of Monday night’s game. Ginn caught four passes for 64 yards and one touchdown as the Panthers...

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