An unforced error — and perhaps a little too much effort — by Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke cost his team a touchdown against the Packers on Sunday.
Heinicke faced third-and-goal from the Packers’ 3-yard line while his team trailed 21-7 midway through the third quarter. He quickly decided to scramble for the score and had a wide-open lane to the end zone. That is, until he decided to dive for the goal line despite the nearest defender being a few yards away.
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The play was ruled a touchdown on the field, leading Heinicke — who grew up a Packers fan — to perform a Lambeau Leap. But officials later reviewed the play, determining he was actually a half-yard short. That brought up fourth-and-goal from inside the 1.
Coach Ron Rivera elected to attempt to convert on fourth-and-goal, giving Heinicke a chance at redemption. Unfortunately, he fumbled on the attempt and, after collecting it, still couldn’t get it across the goal line.
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So Heinicke went from scoring to pull within one touchdown of the Packers, to going for a Lambeau Leap, to having his play overturned, to fumbling the ball to failing to convert on fourth down. Not a great series of plays, all told.
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Washington’s defense did its part to force a three-and-out, but the offense once again fell short of the goal line on the ensuing drive. This time, it faced fourth-and-2 from the Packers’ 3-yard line; Heinicke’s pass was incomplete over the middle to Ricky Seals-Jones, resulting in another turnover on downs.
Those two scores would have tied the game at 21-21, keeping the WFT (2-4) in contention for a much-needed win. But the Packers managed to score on the ensuing drive, making it 24-7 with 11:26 remaining to play.