The Redskins season is very close to hanging in the balance.
After a back-and forth first half, New Orleans trailed 17-13 at the intermission.
The Washington Redskins had a pretty massive "oh dear god no" moment on Sunday afternoon against the Saints, almost losing both Kirk Cousins and Chris Thompson on the same play while holding a lead in New Orleans. The Redskins announced that he would not return to the game with a lower leg/ankle injury.
An action-packed first quarter started on a sour note for the Saints, who turned the ball over on a Brees interception at the Saints 47. But after losing 34-31 in overtime in the Big Easy - which also could be the nickname of the Saints' last two scoring drives in regulation - the Redskins' playoff hopes are on life support. The Redskins punted with an eight-point lead and held their collective breaths. Brees was held to under 200 yards passing for the second time this season and didn't throw a single touchdown. They faced only one third down and tight end Coby Fleener caught passes of 24 and 25 yards.
They gave up two wide-open TD passes in the second half and a 26-yard pass on a gutsy fourth-and-6 call by the Redskins in the second quarter, among other miscues. They then picked up the two-point conversion as Alvin Kamara walked into the end zone untouched.
The Redskins' Kurt Cousins then led his team down the field late in the quarter, connecting on a 16-yard TD pass for a 10-3 lead.
It was the first time in Saints history that they had ever come back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They had the ball first in overtime after winning the coin toss.
Thompson has been Washington's most dynamic offensive playmaker this season, coming into Sunday's game with 38 receptions for 494 yards and three touchdowns along with 60 rushes for another 277 yards and two scores.