Cousins finished his news conference, turned on his way out and screamed: "How many of y'all picked us to win the division?" It sounded like his "You like that?" rant two months ago.
"This is the most satisfied I've been as a player," Cousins said. "It's a big accomplishment. Now we need to build from here."
Only 4-12 in 2014, the Redskins (8-7) began their turnaround when Cousins rallied them from a 24-0 first-half deficit to a 31-30 win over Tampa Bay on Oct. 25. After that game, he yelled at reporters: "You like that?" It's become a rallying cry for the Redskins and their fans, who continued the chant for several minutes after the game.
"We felt like we were an up-and-coming football team and could compete with anyone," coach Jay Gruden said.
"I think we're good enough," Coach Chip Kelly said. "We just have to put them in better position to make plays. It's 100 percent on my shoulders. It's unacceptable."
Two teams have clinched division crowns in Philadelphia in six days. Arizona won the NFC West with a 40-17 win over the Eagles last Sunday night.
It clearly didn't work out.
Meanwhile, Gruden made a gutsy call in August to bench Griffin and give the starting job to Cousins.
It paid off.
Cousins was outstanding down the stretch with 16 TD passes and only two interceptions in the last seven games. He showed resolve after a mental blunder at the end of the first half cost the Redskins at least three points.
Cousins took a knee with no time-outs and 6 seconds left from the Eagles 6 with a 16-10 lead. He realized his mistake and tried to spike the ball, but the clock ran out. He made up for it in the second half.
"I'm very proud of Kirk," Gruden said. "He came in and kept his composure just like he has all year. Put his nose to the grindstone."
Cousins tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Thompson to give Washington a 23-10 lead. He converted three third-down passes on the series after Jaylen Watkins dropped an interception.
But Murray then dropped a pitch, Hall picked it up and ran it back for a 30-17 lead late in the third quarter.
"I can't take my eyes off it," Murray said. "It was my fault."
Cousins then hit Reed over the middle again for a 12-yard TD pass and a 13-7 lead.
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