- The Washington Times
Sunday, November 27, 2022

LANDOVER — Brian Robinson Jr. can send a thank you hat to Josh Jacobs. Or maybe Taylor Heinicke can buy him some Air Jordans. Whatever the Las Vegas Raiders running back prefers.

The Commanders officially moved into the seventh seed in the NFC on Sunday with a 19-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons — and a Seahawks’ 40-34 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. The Commanders improved to 7-5 and the Seahawks are now 6-5, causing a change in the standings. 

There are still six weeks left in the season, but the Commanders would make the playoffs if the postseason started today. 

This is the first time that Washington is two games over .500 since 2018.

“We don’t worry about it,” Commanders defensive tackle Jonathan Allen said. “There’s a lot of football left. We’re going to put our heads down and keep working.”

Jacobs’ staggering 86-yard walk-off touchdown in overtime clinched the Raiders’ victory over the Seahawks. Washington’s victory also came in dramatic fashion as cornerback Kendall Fuller picked off Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota in the end zone with 58 seconds left to preserve the win. 

The Commanders’ move up the standings also means that all four NFC East teams would currently make the postseason, a feat that hasn’t happened for any division. The last time three NFC East teams made the playoffs was 2007 when the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington all secured a spot. The NFL added an additional wild card spot in each conference in 2020. 

Washington, meanwhile, has the chance to pass the Giants next weekend with a win. New York (7-4) has dropped two straight while the Commanders have won six of their last seven. 

• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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