LANDOVER, Md. -- Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins had their easiest path to the playoffs in front of them and they gave it away with another Monday night flop.Cousins threw an interception and lost a fumble near his goal line, and the Redskins lost control of their playoff future with a 26-15 loss to the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers.Washington (7-6-1) could have clinched a playoff berth by winning its final three games but now needs help. Carolina (6-8) kept its astronomical wild-card hopes alive and dealt a serious blow to the Redskins chances with two weeks left in the season.We didnt get it done, said wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who had seven catches for 111 yards. Obviously its frustrating because we knew what we had at stake, we knew what we had on our hands and we cant really talk about playoffs until we handle who we need to handle and play better.After being picked off by Kurt Coleman in the first half to set up a Carolina field goal, Cousins was sacked by Wes Horton and fumbled on the first snap after halftime as the Panthers took over at the 1-yard line. They scored two plays later to take a 20-9 lead.Cousins finished 32 of 47 for 316 yards with far too many missed throws in a game with such high stakes. Cousins and coach Jay Gruden were at a loss to explain how the usually high-powered offense sputtered at such a key moment.We just never got any kind of rhythm whatsoever throughout the whole game, said Gruden, referencing his team going 2 for 12 on third down. Part of it was the running game was atrocious, part of it was we had no deep passing game and then the other part: Carolina was very good today.Reigning league MVP Cam Newton showed no ill effects from a shoulder injury suffered last week, throwing for 300 yards and two touchdowns.He took a little bit of a shot early on, but when he came to the sideline and had a chance to take a breath he was ready to roll, Carolina coach Ron Rivera said.The Panthers took advantage of blunders by the Redskins, who lost their sixth consecutive Monday night home game. It was Washingtons most lopsided loss since being routed 38-16 by Pittsburgh in the season opener, also on a Monday night.We didnt play well enough to win, Cousins said. Just didnt make enough plays.FLAGS FOR 15Newton was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct in the second quarter for taunting Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy after scrambling for a 1-yard gain. The penalty took the Panthers out of field goal range, moving the ball from the Washington 26 to the 41.Ive got to be better than that, Newton said. That just cant happen on my part.Redskins tight end Jordan Reed took an even costlier penalty late in the third quarter when he was flagged 15 yards and ejected for throwing a punch at Coleman. That penalty contributed to Washington settling for a field goal when trailing by 14.BLACK AND BLUE REDSKINSThe Redskins lost linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to a left elbow sprain, cornerback Quinton Dunbar to a concussion and special teams contributor Houston Bates to a left knee sprain. They were already without linebackers Will Compton because of a knee injury and Sua Cravens because of an upper-arm injury.NOTEWORTHYPanthers K Graham Gano made four field goals but missed from 38 to end his streak at 13 in a row. ... Cousins broke his own single-season franchise record for passing yards after throwing for 4,166 last year. ... Colemans pick was his 11th interception since the start of 2015, the most by an NFC safety in that time. ... The Redskins are 2-15 on Monday night at FedEx Field, which opened in 1997. ... Despite being cleared from the NFLs concussion protocol, Carolina middle linebacker Luke Kuechly was inactive . ... Newton improved to 21-6 in regular-season games played in December or January. .. Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart had 25 carries for a season-high 132 yards.QUOTABLERivera on the Panthers playoff odds: Without a doubt its minuscule, but it can happen.UP NEXTPanthers: Host the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.Redskins: Visit the Chicago Bears on Saturday.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL . Blazers Online Cheap .Y. -- Leading 3-0 with only 11:25 left, the Colorado Avalanche committed a seemingly meaningless penalty to give the New York Islanders a power play. Nike Blazer Clearance . The veteran safety was a starter for the Bengals from 2008-2012. 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LOUIS -- Mike Foltynewicz set the tone for the capper of the Atlanta Braves feel-good weekend.The right-hander worked six strong innings, Nick Markakis and Erick Aybar had two RBI apiece and the Braves kept the St. Louis Cardinals down at home with a 6-3 victory on Sunday.Matt Kemp added two hits and an RBI to help the Braves take two of three, outscoring the Cardinals 19-8 the last two games. Atlanta has the worst record in the majors at 41-70, but has won seven of its last 11 overall.Counting a six-run ninth, they scored 12 runs in three innings.The guys are something else, I tell you, interim manager Brian Snitker said.Adam Wainwright (9-6) had a rare off-day against Atlanta, surrendering three runs in the first and second. He entered 8-2 with a 2.95 ERA against the Braves, who drafted him in the first round in 2000 and traded him to St. Louis in 2003 in a deal for J.D. Drew.We needed to win that game, Wainwright said. Im sorry we didnt, that was my fault, but the luck was certainly not on my side and sometimes you need it.The Cardinals are just 26-32 at home after going 55-26 last season, but have been good on the road at 32-21. Theyve lost 12 series at homme.Its pretty dadgum dark, but nobody in this clubhouse is quitting, Wainwright said. We just need our starting pitcher to go out there and not give up six in the first two innings and give the team a good chance.Brandon Moss had a sacrifice fly and double and Yadier Molina had three hits and an RBI for St. Louis.Foltynewicz (5-5) gave up a run and six hits, plus singled and scored his first career run in the second. In his previous three outings, he allowed 14 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings.The big cushion certainly helped.It was awesome to see a lead like that, especially with their ace, Foltynewicz said. Thats what starting pitchers should do -- thats your jobb to get deep into games and give your team the best chance to win.ddddddddddddJim Johnson earned his eighth save in 11 chances.Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia made an outstanding stab down the line to turn a double play on Jhonny Peralta in the sixth. Right fielder Nick Markakis made a diving catch on Wainwrights shallow pop fly to end the fourth.The defense was amazing, Foltynewicz said. I was grinding since pitch one.After needing 61 pitches to get through the first two innings, Wainwright finished strong with four scoreless innings. But the Cardinals stranded five runners the first two innings.STILL STREAKINGAtlantas Ender Inciarte singled and scored in the second and has an 18-game hitting streak, matching his career best set in 2014. Hes batting .380 (27 for 71) during the run.Kind of the kid weve been waiting to see, I guess, Snitker said.Aybar had a two-run triple in the second and has hit in 12 straight.ROSTER UTILIZATIONBraves RHP Madison Younginer was put straight to work after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett and he had a rough debut, allowing two runs while getting two outs. Atlanta claimed RHP Chaz Roe off waivers from the Orioles and designated OF-IF Brandon Snyder for assignment.TRAINERS ROOMCardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter was not in the lineup a day after getting removed with apparent side muscle difficulties. He was activated off the DL on Friday after missing 24 games with a strained right oblique.UP NEXTBraves: Rob Whalen (1-0, 7.20) makes his second career start on Monday, working the opener of a four-game series at Milwaukee.Cardinals: Michael Wacha (7-7, 4.35) has won his last five decisions heading into the opener of a three-game series against the Reds. 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