Ravens vs. Redskins: Kirk Cousins steps in, plays like Robert Griffin III

Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

The Redskins backup QB is on fire.

There were plenty of critics in April when the Washington Redskins elected to take two quarterbacks in the 2012 draft. The choice to trade up and select Robert Griffin III was a given, but to back it up with the selection of Kirk Cousins caused many to criticize the Redskins' draft strategy and question whether they used their picks effectively. With RGIII leaving due to injury, and Cousins stepping in late, that strategy seems sound.

Down by eight points, it was on Cousins to find a way to score a touchdown -- which he did, finding Pierre Garcon on this 11-yard score.

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Rolling out, Cousins lofted the ball between two defenders, right into the waiting hands of Garcon. It was a throw you wouldn't expect from a rookie holding a clipboard for much of the season, and this put the Redskins within striking distance.

There are noticeable changes in athleticism from RGIII to Cousins, but you wouldn't know when the backup quarterback was asked to channel his inner RGIII on the next down to get the two-point conversion.

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Seeing the gap between the left guard and center, Cousins found his way into the end zone and tied the game, 28-to-28.

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