- Washington defensive end Chase Young cost his team a shot at overtime on Sunday.
- With the game tied 27-27 and just seconds remaining in regulation, Washington and the Detroit Lions looked to be heading to overtime.
- Young made a boneheaded late hit on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, giving Detroit 15 yards.
- Detroit made the most of Young’s mistake, getting into field goal range and sending a game-winner through the uprights as time expired.
- After the game, Young acknowledged his mistake.
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Rookie defence end Chase Young is one of the most disruptive young pass-rushers in the NFL, but on Sunday, his aggressiveness cost the Washington Football Team a shot at victory.
After trailing 24-3 in the third quarter, Washington fought their way back against the Lions, with kicker Dustin Hopkins putting a 41-yard field goal through the uprights with just 16 seconds remaining to tie the game 27-27. At the time, it looked as though Washington had done enough to force overtime.
But Detroit came out and tried to make the most of their final 16 seconds of regulation. Quarterback Matthew Stafford connected with wide receiver Quintez Cephus for a quick 10-yard strike. On the next play, Stafford missed another pass to Cephus, leaving just six seconds left on the clock.
This likely would have meant overtime in other circumstances, but Young was flagged for a late hit on Stafford, giving the Lions 15 yards without taking any time off of the clock, and moving Detroit to midfield.
Such a dumb penalty from Chase Young. Yes, it's minimal contact, but the ball was long gone and there's no need whatsoever to touch the QB. pic.twitter.com/2gq7jiQH48
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) November 15, 2020
The Lions made the most of Young’s mistake. After Stafford hit Marvin Jones for one more quick gain, kicker Matt Prater trotted out to attempt a 59-yard field goal to win the game.
He smoked it.
— NFL (@NFL) November 15, 2020
After the game, Young admitted that he had made a mistake.
“I just went for it, it was a rookie mistake. It happens,” Young told reporters.
While it’s nice of Young to acknowledge his error, it doesn’t change the outcome. With the loss, Washington falls to 2-7 on the season, with losses in seven of their past eight games.
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