Sam FortierSam Fortier is a beat writer for The Post covering Washington's NFL team.https://www.washingtonpost.comMon, 22 Jan 2024 10:11:55 +00001hourly1Patrick Mahomes’s Chiefs outlast Bills to earn a spot in AFC championship game Kilgore, Nicki Jhabvala, Mark Maske, Des Bieler, Sam FortierMon, 22 Jan 2024 03:31:37 +0000The Chiefs and Lions secured their spots in the conference championship games.Andy Reid burning a Chiefs timeout despite a lengthy review on that defensive pass interference penalty...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierMon, 22 Jan 2024 02:21:29 +0000Buffalo better have audibled into that fake punt because it saw Kansas City had 10 men...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierMon, 22 Jan 2024 02:07:43 +0000NFL Next Gen Stats gave the TD from Josh Allen to Khalil Shakir a 26 percent...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierMon, 22 Jan 2024 01:49:19 +0000I love how these great QBs are winning in different ways. Patrick Mahomes is pushing the...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierMon, 22 Jan 2024 01:38:47 +0000Jason Kelce is on the loose:https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierMon, 22 Jan 2024 00:59:36 +0000Travis Kelce is in his ageless era. Kansas City’s star TE is dicing up Buffalo’s defense....https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierMon, 22 Jan 2024 00:48:25 +0000Though the headline of the drive was the Bills’ defensive stand, watch how much the Chiefs...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierMon, 22 Jan 2024 00:36:36 +0000Brock Purdy ‘could have been better.’ But his heroics proved a point. FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 23:15:57 +0000Before Saturday, Purdy had in his career just one fourth-quarter comeback and one game-winning drive. The game against the Packers was a milestone of sorts.The Bucs made the right choice by going for two.https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 23:03:44 +0000Detroit got a chance to put the hammer down and did. That’s what championship teams do.https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 22:50:07 +0000In the spring, many analysts mocked Detroit for using the 12th pick on an RB. It...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 22:37:45 +0000Baker Mayfield is cooking. He’s pushing the ball downfield, attacking tight windows and hitting big gains....https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 22:25:37 +0000Detroit, one of the most aggressive teams in the league on fourth down, made the right...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 22:16:16 +0000Look out for Trey Palmer in the second half. Dan Gaspar, an analyst at RotoGrinders, figured...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 21:30:42 +0000Tampa Bay has a chance to “lap” Detroit here. The Bucs scored just before halftime and...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 21:26:17 +0000Tough weekend to be a kicker. In the first three games, they’ve missed four of 12...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 21:09:44 +0000I feel like I watched that Detroit drive last night in San Francisco. The Lions ran...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 20:45:17 +0000For the second NFL playoff game in a row, the favored team benefitted greatly from an...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 20:20:43 +0000One storyline before this game was Detroit safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson trash-talking Bucs QB Baker Mayfield.https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 20:15:20 +0000Strong start for the Bucs defense, led by Coach Todd Bowles. Detroit won the toss and...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 20:09:37 +0000Brock Purdy ‘could have been better.’ But his heroics proved a point.https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 19:11:09 +0000Before Saturday, Purdy had in his career just one fourth-quarter comeback and one game-winning drive. The game against the Packers was a milestone of sorts.Big Play Bo. Bo Melton — a former seventh-round pick who spent most of the year...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 03:06:54 +0000Kyle Shanahan’s gamble went bust. Jake Moody missed the kick before the half and the 49ers’...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 02:53:34 +0000If the 49ers go on to lose this game, Kyle Shanahan’s conservatism on the last drive...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 02:38:25 +0000Kyle Shanahan’s clock management shows he’s content to just kick a field goal before the half....https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 02:31:25 +000049ers receiver Deebo Samuel, who has a shoulder injury, headed to the locker room early with...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 02:24:09 +0000San Francisco’s defense: three bends, zero breaks.https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 02:17:48 +0000Green Bay is only landing body blows so far. San Francisco has two red-zone stops now...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 01:56:36 +0000Grab a poncho. I’m here in Santa Clara, Calif., where it’s pouring, with columnist Jerry Brewer....https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 21 Jan 2024 01:00:06 +0000Ravens TE Isaiah Likely is helping the Ravens not miss star TE Mark Andrews. Since Week...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSat, 20 Jan 2024 23:59:22 +0000Houston has stifled Lamar Jackson by turning up the heat. The Texans blitzed on 72 percent...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSat, 20 Jan 2024 23:05:42 +0000Baltimore’s power running game is a great complement to the rest of the offense. Houston did...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSat, 20 Jan 2024 22:25:58 +000049ers survive scare from Packers to reach NFC championship game Fortier, Adam Kilgore, Mark Maske, Glynn A. Hill, Nicki Jhabvala, Jerry BrewerSun, 21 Jan 2024 04:23:42 +0000Baltimore used a dominant second half to roll past Houston, while San Francisco went down to the wire against Green Bay but escaped.One of the more impressive parts of the Bucs’ offense tonight has been its efficiency on...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierTue, 16 Jan 2024 02:17:56 +0000The Bucs’ wide receivers are working. In the first quarter, Baker Mayfield had 137 passing yards...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierTue, 16 Jan 2024 02:01:29 +0000Since the bad first quarter, Pittsburgh’s offense has come to life. The passing offense is picking...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierMon, 15 Jan 2024 23:41:14 +0000Josh Allen’s 52-yard rushing touchdown was the longest run of his career and the second longest...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierMon, 15 Jan 2024 22:45:18 +0000Josh Allen is making a difference with his legs. He’s avoiding sacks and scrambling for important...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierMon, 15 Jan 2024 22:19:07 +0000Buffalo is making good use of its surplus snow:https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierMon, 15 Jan 2024 21:52:21 +0000Lions hold off Rams for first playoff win since 1991 season Jhabvala, Sam Fortier, Des Bieler, Mark Maske, Adam KilgoreMon, 15 Jan 2024 04:18:57 +0000Detroit won its first playoff game in more than three decades, while Green Bay upset Dallas, snapping the Cowboys’ home winning streak. Football belongs to Patrick Mahomes now FortierSun, 14 Jan 2024 23:07:22 +0000Nick Saban retired, Bill Belichick and the Patriots broke up, and the NFL playoffs are without Tom Brady. It’s all Mahomes now.Disastrous start for Dallas. The Cowboys aren’t a team built to overcome deficits. The pass game...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 14 Jan 2024 22:26:46 +0000Dallas DC Dan Quinn usually counters bigger personnel on offense with smaller personnel. It seems like...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 14 Jan 2024 22:11:41 +0000Packers Coach Matt LaFleur made a smart decision by choosing to take the ball first. That...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 14 Jan 2024 21:57:24 +0000No team in the NFL was as good at home this season as Dallas. The Cowboys...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 14 Jan 2024 21:38:52 +0000Expect the Cowboys to come out throwing. Coach Mike McCarthy calls pass plays (and play-action passes)...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 14 Jan 2024 21:28:50 +0000Chiefs ease past Dolphins in historically frigid playoff encounter Fortier, Adam KilgoreSun, 14 Jan 2024 04:33:42 +0000The Kansas City Chiefs rolled against the Miami Dolphins at a freezing Arrowhead Stadium. Earlier, the Houston Texans blew out the Cleveland Browns to open the playoffs.The Dolphins either can’t or don’t want to throw downfield. And the offense is struggling to...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 14 Jan 2024 03:01:56 +0000One big factor so far: wide receivers’ ability to track the ball. On the Chiefs’ second...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 14 Jan 2024 02:06:41 +0000Patrick Mahomes was fired up on the Chiefs sideline. After the TD, a staffer walked over...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 14 Jan 2024 01:21:53 +0000Since 2000, only two outdoor NFL games have been zero degrees or colder at kickoff, according...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 14 Jan 2024 01:04:36 +0000The real feel at Arrowhead is minus-23 degrees. Taylor Swift is here. Players are on the...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 14 Jan 2024 00:51:22 +0000Let’s put Amari Cooper’s quiet first half in context:https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSat, 13 Jan 2024 23:17:10 +0000Houston offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik and quarterback CJ Stroud are doing something special right now. No...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSat, 13 Jan 2024 23:11:57 +0000In the first 20 minutes, Houston and Cleveland combined for 31 points. They have 10 minutes...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSat, 13 Jan 2024 22:38:33 +0000Who should the Commanders hire as head coach? Your questions, answered. Svrluga, Nicki Jhabvala, Sam FortierTue, 09 Jan 2024 20:47:42 +0000Barry Svrluga, Nicki Jhabvala and Sam Fortier answered your questions about the Commanders after a 4-13 season and the firing of coach Ron Rivera.The best and the worst of Ron Rivera’s four seasons in Washington FortierTue, 09 Jan 2024 00:50:33 +0000Some of Rivera’s problems, especially in football operations, were self-created. Others, like chaos under former owner Daniel Snyder, were beyond his control.The best and the worst of Ron Rivera’s 4 seasons in Washingtonhttps://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierMon, 08 Jan 2024 22:53:42 +0000Some of Rivera’s problems, especially in football operations, were self-created. Others, like chaos under former owner Daniel Snyder, were beyond his control.In the Commanders’ locker room, sadness, relief and reflection FortierMon, 08 Jan 2024 04:03:53 +0000“You just don’t know what’s going to happen to anybody,” punter Tress Way said after Sunday’s game. “But that’s just the reality of playing … in this league.”It’s hard to build home-field advantage in the NFL. Can the Commanders do it? https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 07 Jan 2024 21:15:29 +0000It’s hard to build home-field advantage in the NFL. Can the Commanders do it? FortierFri, 05 Jan 2024 12:00:43 +0000For years, a huge array of factors — including sports science and the online secondary ticket market — has diminished the vaunted edge of playing at home.How to grade Sam Howell’s performance? Ask opposing defenders. Fortier, Tramel RaggsWed, 03 Jan 2024 19:39:11 +0000San Francisco 49ers defenders described Howell with words like “young,” “talented,” “good player” and “bad decisions.” Others shared those sentiments all year.Chase Young on his Washington return: ‘I definitely could’ve played better’ FortierMon, 01 Jan 2024 13:00:05 +0000The former Commanders defensive end, now with the 49ers, registered one assisted tackle (on a short run) and one pressure/quarterback hit (on a 25-yard pass).Chase Young’s return highlights Ron Rivera’s disappointing first-round picks https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 31 Dec 2023 17:50:50 +0000Commanders stats of the week: Time to keep on losing FortierFri, 29 Dec 2023 13:00:51 +0000It’s one of the least consequential late-season Commanders games in recent memory. The good news: There’s little chance of an upset spoiling draft position.Chase Young’s return highlights Ron Rivera’s disappointing first-round picks FortierThu, 28 Dec 2023 17:54:00 +0000The No. 2 pick in the 2020 draft will return to Washington on Sunday for the first time since being traded.It’s all about the draft: Every Commanders loss from here is a win FortierMon, 25 Dec 2023 14:00:20 +0000Avoiding a victory against the Jets gave the Commanders a significant boost in draft positioning.For Terry McLaurin, a whiplash ending to a lost season https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 24 Dec 2023 17:45:20 +0000The Commanders’ inactives vs. the Jets:https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 24 Dec 2023 17:35:12 +0000The Commanders’ big bets on offense have officially gone bust https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 24 Dec 2023 17:32:04 +0000Commanders stats of the week: The importance of taking the L FortierSat, 23 Dec 2023 01:15:41 +0000If Washington beats the Jets, it would fall from a small group of teams vying for a top-four pick to a bigger pool of teams that hold picks five through nine.For Terry McLaurin, a whiplash ending to a lost season FortierFri, 22 Dec 2023 00:19:22 +0000The Commanders’ top wide receiver has struggled this season — especially recently. But when Sam Howell was benched for Jacoby Brissett on Sunday, he excelled.The Commanders’ big bets on offense have officially gone busthttps://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierMon, 18 Dec 2023 16:18:46 +0000It’s hard to untangle how much blame to give coordinator Eric Bieniemy vs. quarterback Sam Howell vs. the supporting cast — but it’s clear it’s not working.The Commanders’ big bets on offense have officially gone bust FortierMon, 18 Dec 2023 13:06:13 +0000It’s hard to untangle how much blame to give coordinator Eric Bieniemy vs. quarterback Sam Howell vs. the supporting cast — but it’s clear it’s not working.Today’s game is the Commanders’ first time playing at SoFi Stadium, which opened in 2020.https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 17 Dec 2023 20:55:52 +0000How Monumental’s Virginia deal affects the Commanders’ stadium search https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam Fortier, Nicki JhabvalaSun, 17 Dec 2023 20:45:52 +0000With four games left, what have we learned about the Commanders? https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comNicki Jhabvala, Sam FortierSun, 17 Dec 2023 20:35:59 +0000How Monumental’s Virginia deal affects the Commanders’ stadium search Fortier, Nicki JhabvalaSun, 17 Dec 2023 11:05:01 +0000D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) could feel more urgency to land the Commanders because of the public perception that she “lost” the Wizards and Capitals.Caps, Wizards complex in Virginia could get largest arena subsidy ever O'Connell, Teo Armus, Laura Vozzella, Sam FortierSat, 16 Dec 2023 00:52:10 +0000Total of $1.35 billion in public contributions would require $300 million in existing taxpayer funds, according to state financing study.Monumental, Youngkin announce deal to move Caps, Wizards to Virginia Fortier, Teo Armus, Laura VozzellaThu, 14 Dec 2023 00:22:17 +0000The $2 billion project has the potential to transform a swath of land adjacent to residential Alexandria long eyed for redevelopment. What happens to Capital One Arena next? We answered your questions. Svrluga, Sam Fortier, Teo ArmusWed, 13 Dec 2023 20:50:45 +0000Barry Svrluga, Sam Fortier and Teo Armus answered your questions about the proposed plan to move the Capitals and Wizards to Alexandria. Lawmakers vote in favor of plan to bring Capitals, Wizards to Virginia Armus, Laura Vozzella, Sam Fortier, Gregory S. SchneiderTue, 12 Dec 2023 01:37:55 +0000A new facility for both teams would anchor a massive mixed-use complex in Alexandria’s Potomac Yard area, including underground parking and a concert venue.With four games left, what have we learned about the Commanders? Jhabvala, Sam FortierWed, 06 Dec 2023 22:59:47 +0000In the third quarter of the Commanders’ season, which we’re defining as Weeks 9 through 13, things fell apart. Here’s what we learned and what may come next.Miami has a plan with Tua Tagovailoa. The Commanders should take note. FortierMon, 04 Dec 2023 13:30:04 +0000Sam Howell isn’t Tua Tagovailoa, but the Commanders can learn a lot from the Dolphins.Five things that still matter at the end of a lost Commanders season https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 03 Dec 2023 17:40:38 +0000The Commanders’ inactives vs. the Dolphins:https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 03 Dec 2023 17:35:34 +0000Wes Moore starts making his case to keep the Commanders in Marylandhttps://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 03 Dec 2023 17:31:46 +0000Wes Moore starts making his case to keep the Commanders in Maryland FortierSat, 02 Dec 2023 12:00:51 +0000Gov. Wes Moore insists a new stadium may be part of the “economic momentum” he believes is sweeping over his state. He’s well positioned for the looming fight.Five things that still matter at the end of a lost Commanders season FortierThu, 30 Nov 2023 10:30:17 +0000From QB Sam Howell’s continued development to how the roster is seen by a potential new regime, here’s what to watch for as the Commanders play out the year.The Commanders made a change. Players aren’t sure what change will accomplish. FortierFri, 24 Nov 2023 17:12:32 +0000Some players wondered what a possible coaching change would accomplish. “I don’t know if that’s going to change [anything],” Charles Leno Jr. said.Eric Bieniemy as fired up on the sideline as I’ve seen him. Yelled at no one...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierThu, 23 Nov 2023 23:44:30 +0000Great awareness by Sam Howell to step away from the pressure, keep his eyes downfield and...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierThu, 23 Nov 2023 22:53:00 +0000After the drive, Jack Del Rio got after three of his players on the sideline: Cody...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierThu, 23 Nov 2023 22:20:01 +0000Dak Prescott went after Benjamin St-Juste on his first three pass attempts. One completion, one DPI...https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierThu, 23 Nov 2023 21:51:10 +0000Sam Howell’s next task: Help the Commanders move past this debacle https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierThu, 23 Nov 2023 21:05:05 +0000Sam Howell’s next task: Help the Commanders move past this debacle FortierMon, 20 Nov 2023 13:00:19 +0000Sunday’s loss to the Giants delivered a heat check and a new challenge to Howell, the Commanders’ first-year starting quarterbackInjury update:https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 19 Nov 2023 19:03:23 +0000How Brian Robinson Jr. grew as a receiver in Eric Bieniemy’s offense https://www.washingtonpost.comhttps://www.washingtonpost.comSam FortierSun, 19 Nov 2023 17:35:28 +0000With Tyler Larsen at center, the Commanders’ offense is settling in FortierFri, 17 Nov 2023 19:08:41 +0000Since the Commanders benched Nick Gates and began to start Tyler Larsen, the offense has withstood pressure much better.