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Ravens vs. Redskins 2012: Kirk Cousins answers the call

With Robert Griffin III out, Kirk Cousins answered the call, scoring a game-tying touchdown before the Washington Redskins won 31-28 in overtime.

Patrick McDermott

Kirk Cousins only had to throw two passes in relief of Robert Griffin III, but the rookie made them count, tossing a touchdown and scoring a game-tying two-point conversion to help the Washington Redskins win 31-28 in overtime over the Baltimore Ravens.

Griffin hurt his knee late in the fourth quarter, and although he tried to play through the pain, he eventually had to give way to Cousins, who had only taken the field once for Washington, throwing two interceptions against Atlanta. But he took the reins of the offense, throwing an 11-yard pass to Pierre Garcon before running in a two-point conversion to tie the game at 28. That sent the game to overtime, where a 64-yard Richard Crawford punt set up a game-winning Kai Forbath field goal.

As Hogs Haven writes, it was a trio of new faces in Washington that made the difference late for the Redskins: Cousins was a fourth-rounder, the second and less-heralded member of Washington's rookie quarterback class. Forbath went undrafted in 2011, but didn't make it into a regular season game with either of his first two NFL teams before the Redskins signed him on Oct. 9. And Crawford was a seventh-round pick this season out of SMU.