Mike Shanahan likely would have gone for two

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he likely would have gone for two points and the victory had his team scored on its final drive of the game.

Trailing 34-27 when Josh Wilson intercepted Tom Brady in the end zone with 6:37 left on the clock, the Redskins marched 75 yards and threatened to score. Rex Grossman completed a five-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss, but the score was wiped out when officials called Moss for offensive pass interference, backing up Washington 10 yards. The game ended two plays later when Moss tipped a Grossman pass to Jerod Mayo at the 7-yard line.

“Right there at the end, we had a chance,” Shanahan said. “You score down there, you probably go for two points, or at least we had a chance for the two points, or you decide to go in overtime.”

When asked if he seriously considered going for two points rather than settling for a tie that would have forced overtime, Shanahan said, “Oh yeah. You have to get a little lucky with the [overtime] coin flip. It all depends on your players. Those are the things that are going through your mind at that time. You have to feel good about your two-point play. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to see, either way.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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