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Bowen pushed Foles, then saw the throw fizzle to the turf a few yards away. No Eagles were in the vicinity. The referees huddled. One second clung to the clock.

A self-described pessimist, Cofield expected the Eagles to get another chance. That wasn’t true of his teammates.

“Even though they got that hometown clock work that left one second on there,” cornerback Josh Wilson said, “as soon as he threw the ball, I knew the game was over.”

A yellow flag for intentional grounding emerged. The 10-second runoff included with the penalty meant the game was over. The 16-play final drive sputtered out at the 5-yard line.

Bowen, eavesdropping on the referees’ discussion, ripped off his helmet and screamed. There wouldn’t be another late-game collapse. Now one game separates the Redskins from the postseason.

“You got no choice but to look forward to the next week,” Cofield said. “The greatness of this feeling will wear off very quickly if we don’t get it done next week.”