Nov 13, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) makes a catch over Washington Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller (38) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) makes a catch over Washington Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller (38) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Cousins threw for two touchdowns, Preston Smith had two sacks and a game-altering interception, and the Washington Redskins beat the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 on Sunday for their first victory in almost a month.

Washington (5-3-1) got all of its second-half points off the foot of Dustin Hopkins, who hit four field goals, including a 50-yarder. The Redskins shut out Minnesota (5-4) in the second half, and Smith sacked Sam Bradford in the final seconds to hand the Vikings their fourth consecutive loss.

Cousins was 22 of 33 for 262 yards with touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Jamison Crowder. Robert Kelley ran for 97 yards, helping Washington bounce back from a rough 6-minute stretch.

Bradford was 31 of 39 for 307 yards, two touchdowns and the interception that Smith tipped and caught with 5:44 left. Stefon Diggs had 13 catches for 164 yards.

DIGGS DISCOVERED

After zero targets in the first quarter, Diggs had six catches for 102 yards in the second quarter alone. The Maryland product burned rookie cornerback Kendall Fuller — a former teammate at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland — on a 26-yard gain .

FUMBLES FOLLOW

Even with former No. 1 running back Matt Jones demoted and made inactive in part because of fumbles, the Redskins’ butterfingers continued. Change-of-pace back Chris Thompson fumbled at his own 32-yard line with a minute left in the second quarter, setting up the Vikings’ third touchdown.

GUTSY VIKINGS

With 5 seconds left before halftime, the Vikings opted to run a play from the Washington 3 instead of kicking a field goal. The gamble worked, with Bradford connecting with Adam Thielen on a touchdown pass that put Minnesota ahead.

WALSH MISSES AGAIN

After Thielen’s touchdown, Blair Walsh shanked his extra-point attempt wide right. Walsh, who kept his job after Minnesota brought in six free-agent kickers for workouts, fell to 15 of 19 on the season (79 percent) on extra points.

MISSING PIECES

Minnesota was without rookie receiver Laquon Treadwell (hamstring) and cornerback captain Munnerlyn (ankle), while Washington didn’t have receiver DeSean Jackson (shoulder), left tackle Trent Williams (suspension) and Jones (healthy). During the game, the Vikings lost left tackle Jake Long with a left leg injury, linebacker Eric Kendricks with a hip injury and cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who was evaluated for a concussion.

Team Stats: min was
1st Downs 22 23
3rd down efficiency 5-11 6-12
4th down efficiency 0-1 0-0
Total Plays 64 62
Total Yards 331 388
Passing Yards 284 260
Rushing Yards 47 128
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles lost 0 1
Interceptions thrown 1 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Penalties 4-35 4-35
Time of Possession 30:04 29:56

How They Scored:

Team Time Scoring Play Score
was 1st Quarter
9:04
Jamison Crowder Pass From Kirk Cousins for 4 Yrds, D.Hopkins extra point is GOOD,
10 plays, 68 yards, 4:19
Vikings 0, Redskins 7
was 2nd Quarter
14:18
Vernon Davis Pass From Kirk Cousins for 38 Yrds, D.Hopkins extra point is GOOD,
9 plays, 91 yards, 4:58
Vikings 0, Redskins 14
min 2nd Quarter
5:39
Matt Asiata 1 Yard Rush, B.Walsh extra point is GOOD,
8 plays, 67 yards, 3:52
Vikings 7, Redskins 14
min 2nd Quarter
0:58
Kyle Rudolph Pass From Sam Bradford for 20 Yrds, B.Walsh extra point is GOOD,
7 plays, 75 yards, 2:40
Vikings 14, Redskins 14
min 2nd Quarter
0:05
Adam Thielen Pass From Sam Bradford for 3 Yrds Blair Walsh Missed Ex. Pt Attmpt
4 plays, 33 yards, 0:50
Vikings 20, Redskins 14
was 3rd Quarter
8:58
Dustin Hopkins Made 30 Yrd Field Goal
12 plays, 55 yards, 6:07
Vikings 20, Redskins 17
was 4th Quarter
0:43
Dustin Hopkins Made 37 Yrd Field Goal
11 plays, 49 yards, 5:16
Vikings 20, Redskins 20
was 4th Quarter
9:33
Dustin Hopkins Made 50 Yrd Field Goal
7 plays, 60 yards, 3:21
Vikings 20, Redskins 23
was 4th Quarter
2:31
Dustin Hopkins Made 28 Yrd Field Goal
8 plays, 32 yards, 3:13
Vikings 20, Redskins 26

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