Washington Commanders receiver Terry McLaurin and quarterback Sam Howell are basking in the glory of their impressive 35-33 win against the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. The dynamic duo proved to be unstoppable, showcasing their skills and leading their team to victory.
Midway through the third quarter, McLaurin and Howell teamed up to tie the game at 21-21 with a remarkable 31-yard touchdown. This pivotal play was the result of a well-executed 5-play, 57-yard drive, which allowed the Commanders to bounce back after a rough start, trailing 21-3 in the second quarter.
During the postgame interview, Howell expressed his excitement about the successful play, saying, "That was a play coming in that we knew we wanted to get called to give Terry [McLaurin] that opportunity. They were in a coverage where we knew we would have a chance to get the ball downfield. Luckily, we bought enough time to get Terry behind the safeties. I just tried to throw it over their head and let Terry have a chance to make a play on it. He made a great play. We have to continue to do that. We have to continue to get him the ball and give him those chances downfield because usually when you do good things happen."
The precision and timing of Howell's throw to McLaurin were impeccable. McLaurin's exceptional receiving skills enable Howell to make those daring throws even when facing multiple defenders.
McLaurin shared his perspective on the game-changing play, stating, “I’ve been wanting to play down the field for a while, and I just wanted to stay patient," McLaurin said. "I knew we were going to get the look and to be honest, it was actually a different one than we anticipated in practice. I trusted that Sam and I were going to connect on that play. I just wanted to keep the ball at bay or keep my route over the top of the safety. Trust my speed to the outside cornering the safety. Sam threw an unbelievable ball, just high enough for me to go up and highpoint it. That’s what we read and honestly, I just want to let him know how big of a play that was, and I hope that continues to build his confidence.”
The chemistry and trust between McLaurin and Howell are vital to the Commanders' success. If they can maintain this level of synergy, they are bound to create many more touchdown moments in the future.
Looking ahead, Howell and McLaurin are now focused on their upcoming game against the Buffalo Bills, set to take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. inside Highmark Stadium. With their recent triumph, they are eager to continue their winning streak and make their mark on the football world.