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Jordan Reed again shows why he's a top tight end

LANDOVER, Md. – Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed continues to do what few others at his position can – and he’s starting to make it look routine.

Reed’s strong play carried into the first half of his team's postseason game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, which included a spectacular, one-handed grab. Reed caught five passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in the opening half, which helped the Redskins to an 11-0 lead. (The Packers pulled ahead 17-11 at halftime.)

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Reed has caught six receiving touchdowns since Week 14. Only Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin has more, with seven. No tight end has more than three touchdowns in that span.

Reed’s 24-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter showed a lot of what scares defenses. He was covered by defensive back Micah Hyde, who tried to keep him to the outside. But Reed’s footwork often enables him to win such matchups, and he did so by beating Hyde down the middle. Quarterback Kirk Cousins lofted a perfect pass over the top, and with no safety help, it was an easy grab for Reed.

Reed's highlight play not only resulted in a 20-yard gain but also prevented a pick-six by Green Bay. Cousins threw to his tight end, aligned inside, and Reed broke to the outside. The pass was wide, but Reed reached out and grabbed it with one hand – just as corner Casey Hayward was racing up. Had Reed not made the catch, Hayward surely would have intercepted the ball and sprinted for a touchdown.

Instead, Reed caught it and ran for approximately 15 more yards.

The third-year tight end entered the game with 87 catches, the most in a season by a Redskins tight end, and 11 touchdowns.