What happened next is hard to explain.
"Six seconds left, we were going to throw a fade to Pierre Garcon," Gruden told CBS' Evan Washburn. "I have no idea why Kirk took a knee. I'll have to find out at halftime."
"There was a lot of confusion with what the playcall was and for lack of a better word, I just had a lapse in my decision-making and instinctually took a knee when I should've thrown the ball away to stop the clock," Cousins said in his post-game press conference. "We were very fortunate it didn't end up hurting us."