Josh Johnson throws interceptions late, defense blows lead vs. Titans

December 23, 2018

NASHVILLE Down by a field goal late in the fourth quarter, the Washington Redskins needed their fourth quarterback of the season, Josh Johnson to make a play with their season on the line.

So much had gone right for the Redskins for most of the afternoon, but now the ball was in Johnson’s hands and Washington counted on him to lead a comeback victory on the road.

He couldn’t.

Johnson was intercepted twice in the final two minutes of Saturday’s 25-16 loss to the Tennesee Titans, including a last-ditch throw that was returned for a touchdown in the final seconds.

The Redskins fell to 7-8 and their playoff hopes are now on life support.

This loss, however, wasn’t solely on Johnson. Washington led 16-12 with 8:14 left, and its defense gave up a seven-play, 75-yard drive to the Titans.

On that series, Titans quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who replaced an injured Marcus Mariota (stinger) before halftime, found a wide-open MyCole Pruitt on a 2-yard play-action pass in the end zone with less than five minutes left. Before that, the Titans had a 35-yard completion and an 18-yard run to move down the field.

The Redskins played well at moments, leading 10-9 at halftime.

Running back Adrian Peterson had a particularly effective day, rushing for 119 yards on 26 carries. He became the oldest player since 1984 to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.

Johnson had 153 yards and went 13 for 23, throwing a touchdown and two interceptions.

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