Packers prove too strong for Redskins in play-off


The Green Bay Packers overturned an 11-point deficit early in the second quarter to run away with a 35-18 NFL win over the Washington Redskins in Sunday's NFC wildcard play-off. 

After the Redskins jumped out to an 11-0 lead, the Packers rallied in the second quarter to take a 17-11 advantage into half-time at the FedEx Field in Maryland.

And the Packers never looked back as they booked a showdown against the Arizona Cardinals.

The scores were opened via a safety when Redskins rookie line-backer Preston Smith pushed J.C. Tretter back into quarterback Aaron Rodgers for an end zone sack.

The Redskins took the ensuing possession and went 48 yards on 10 plays to take a 5-0 lead thanks to Dustin Hopkins' 25-yard field goal.

It was soon 11-0 after Jordan Reed's 24-yard pass from Kirk Cousins provided a touchdown, but the Packers fought back to get themselves into the contest. 

After a shaky first quarter, the Packers offensive line finally started to play well to give Rodgers time and open running lanes for James Starks and Eddie Lacy, who combined for 116 yards on 24 carries. 

The road side converted a Cousins fumble into a 43-yard Mason Crosby field goal, just after Randall Cobb got on the end of a 12-yard pass from Crosby for a TD. 

Green Bay's first third-down conversion came on a 20-yard pass to Davante Adams on third-and-2 from the Washington 30, the wide receiver scoring from 10 yards out two plays later to give the Packers the lead.

The Packers went back in front from a Starks touchdown five minutes into the third quarter thanks to Lacy's 30-yard run to the Redskins four-yard line.

Roles were then reversed when Starks' run of 22 yards set up a short Lacy plunge into the end zone to give the Packers a 32-18 lead.

Crosby hit a second field goal of the game with under five minutes remaining to settle the nerves and ensure the Packers progression.