On a 3rd-and-10 in the first quarter, rookie QB Kirk Cousins' pass was deflected by Sheldon Brown and intercepted by safety T.J. Ward. Ward returned it to the Redskins' 6-yard line and then Trent Richardson did the rest, scoring on a hand-off on the ensuing play.
Richardson's touchdown was his tenth of the season, setting a Cleveland Browns rookie rushing record for touchdowns.
Washington took over on its own 46-yard line after a poor Cleveland punt and needed just one play to even the score. QB Kirk Cousins booted right on a play-action and found Leonard Hankerson down the field for a 54-yard TD reception.
Usama Young, T.J. Ward and Sheldon Brown were all close-by but were unable to make a play on the ball.
Kai Forbath hit a 44-yard field goal to give the Skins their first lead of the game after the team's next drive stalled in Browns territory.
Cleveland drove down the field in the waning moments of the second quarter to set up a 1-yard Trent Richardson TD run. The scoring play marks his second-straight multiple rushing TD game.
The second half is when it all came undone for the Browns.
Brandon Weeden stared down his receiver on the team’s opening-half drive and was picked off in Cleveland territory. Washington capitalized and punched it in from three yards out on a run by Alfred Morris.
Washington took over at its own 40-yard line after an awful 32-yard punt by the Browns. It marched easily down the field and added another touchdown to its lead to go up by two scores.
Evan Royster walked easily into the end zone on a 4-yard TD run following a 10-play, 67-yard drive that ate 4:42 off of the clock.
Trailing 31-14, Cleveland struck back with a little over 10 minutes to play in the game. Brandon Weeden connected with rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin on a 69-yard TD play to bring the Browns within 10 points.
Despite the late glimmer of hope, Washington drove down the field again and sealed the win with a clock-killing touchdown drive to put the team back up by 17 points.