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Kirk Cousins warms up before Sunday’s game. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Best and worst moments from the Redskins’ 42-24 win over the Packers on Sunday at FedEx Field.

Best sneak: With six minutes to play and the Redskins leading 29-24, Washington faced a fourth and one from its own 41-yard line. Predictably, oft-conservative Coach Jay Gruden called on punter Tress Way to pin the Packers deep in their own territory.

Wait, no. That’s not what happened! Gruden kept his offense on the field and Kirk Cousins picked up the necessary inches for a first down on a gutsy quarterback sneak. Daniel Snyder signaled the result of the play from the owner’s box.

Best throw: Three plays later, Washington faced another third down, and this time they needed seven yards. Cousins got them 53 with a perfectly thrown ball to Jamison Crowder, who was dragged down inches short of what would’ve been the Redskins quarterback’s fourth touchdown pass of the game. Robert Kelley scored his second touchdown of the night one play later to give Washington an 11-point lead with 3:54 remaining.

Best turnover: Josh Norman all but sealed the Redskins’ sixth win of the year on Green Bay’s next possession by punching the ball out of Jared Cook’s hands after a reception. Will Compton recovered with less than three minutes to play.

Best running back: Kelley, who has fully embraced his “Fat Rob” nickname from college and referred to himself as such during NBC’s recorded player introduction, was a monster. Kelley finished with 24 carries for 137 yards, including a 66-yard run that set up his third touchdown of the game after Compton’s fumble recovery.

Worst question: Should the Redskins re-sign Cousins? Duh. Washington’s franchise-tagged QB was masterful, completing 21 of 30 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns.

Best other throws: There were so many of Cousins’s to choose from. His 70-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon early in the fourth quarter gave him his 16th career 300-yard game, a Redskins franchise record. His 44-yard touchdown pass to Crowder on third and 11 in the third quarter couldn’t have been thrown any better. While the Redskins are working on a new deal for Cousins, they should plan to lock Crowder up, too. The second-year pro from Duke had three catches for 102 yards.

Worst nemesis: The Redskins limited Packers receivers Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams to a combined nine catches, but they had trouble containing Cook. The 29-year-old tight end, who has missed all but three games with an ankle sprain this season, had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown that cut the Redskins’ lead to 29-24 with 10:04 to play.

Worst blown coverage: On the first play of the fourth quarter, Aaron Rodgers threw a pass in the flat to James Starks, who raced 31 yard untouched into the end zone to cut the Redskins’ lead to 22-17. Playing behind a makeshift offensive line and with little support from the Green Bay running game, Rodgers was solid. He completed 26 of 41 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns, but he wasn’t better than Cousins.

Best crossover: Jordan Reed made a rare drop in the first quarter and it wasn’t until the Redskins’ final drive of the first half that Cousins looked the tight end’s way again. Packers linebacker Joe Thomas wishes he hadn’t. Reed made three catches for 49 yards on the drive, including an 18-yard catch, crossover and run that left Thomas grasping at air.

Best hole: Reed’s big gain set up a 10-yard touchdown run by Kelley two plays later that gave Washington a 13-10 lead. “Fat Rob” went virtually untouched as he sliced through the Packers’ defense like a sharp knife through cheddar. “Jumbo Rob” would’ve run comfortably through that hole, too.

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