Final: Redskins 22, Cardinals 21
The Redskins began the final period with the ball at the Cardinals 44 following Banks’s 26 yards punt return to end the third. Grossman completed an eight-yard pass to Anthony Armstrong on first down, and a seven-yard run by Roy Helu made it first and 10 from the Arizona 29.
Helu carried for 18 yards but quickly lost three. The Redskins managed to get to the 5, and on fourth and three, Gano booted a 23-yard field goal to cut the margin to 14-13 with 11:18 to play.
But Arizona came right back on its first play from scrimmage on the next possession. That’s when Larry Fitzgerald beat cornerback DeAngelo Hall for a 68-yard touchdown catch. Kevin Kolb delivered the pass in stride just before he was clobbered.
The Redskins responded with a touchdown drive that covered 73 yards on 13 plays. The scoring pass went to Santana Moss on an 18-yard completion from Grossman on fourth down and three. Grossman, however, had his pass tipped on the two-point try, and Washington trailed, 21-19, with 5:17 to play.
Washington forced a punt on Arizona’s next possession and moved quickly to the Cardinals’ 16 before Gano kicked a 33-yard field for a 22-21 lead with 1:50 to play.
The Redskins then made it stand when Byron Westbrook hit wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, forcing a fumble that Reed Doughty recovered at the Arizona 32 with 1:23 to play to secure the win.
3rd Quarter: Cardinals 14, Redskins 10
The second half began with Gano kicking the ball out of bounds, giving Arizona possession at its 40 yard line on the opening drive. Running back Beanie Wells did most of the work to start, running for gains of 10, 9, 3 and 9 to the Redskins 17.
But on second down and one, backup running back Chester Taylor was stopped for no gain. On the next play, Wells barely got a yard to move the sticks, and the Cardinals appeared on the way to at least a field goal attempt.
Then on first and 10, Kolb went down with linebacker Rocky McIntosh bearing down on him. The loss was for eight yards, and on second and 18, Kolb rolled to his left before trying to force a pass to wide receiver Andre Roberts.
Linebacker London Fletcher intercepted the throw at the 11 and returned it 13 yards. After an Arizona challenge, however, Fletcher was ruled down by contact.
The Cardinals forced a punt and despite beginning at their 15 put together a touchdown drive using a mix of run and pass. The long plays were a 24-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald and a 26-yard run by Beanie Wells, who capped the drive with a two-yard run around the right side for a 14-10 lead with 2:47 to play.
2nd quarter: Redskins 10, Cardinals 7
The Redskins got their first points of the game with Graham Gano’s 26-yard field goal capping a 14-play drive that began at their 15-yard line. Washington was able to overcome a sack on Grossman for an eight-yard loss early in the possession when Cardinals’ safety Adrian Wilson was called for illegal contact on second down and 18.
Starting running back Tim Hightower and backup Roy Helu both contributed during the possession. Hightower had a 17-yard run to get to the Arizona 20, and Helu followed with a 10-yard burst to make it first and goal from the 10.
A false start on second and goal moved the ball back to the 8, and on third down, Grossman threw the ball ball away when he was unable to find an open receiver.
Linebacker Brian Orakpo sacked Kolb on the Cardinals’ ensuing possession, and the ball came loose, but center Lyle Sendlein recovered. The Cardinals wound up punting, and Washington began marching from its 20-yard line for the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard pass to Fred Davis.
Helu caught a screen for 33 yards and ran for 11 on consecutive plays to move Washington to the 9. From there, cornerback A.J. Jefferson was called for holding Jabar Gaffney in the end zone, putting the ball on the 1.
On first and goal, Grossman faked a handoff to Hightower and threw into the left corner of the end zone to a wide-open Davis to make it 10-7 with 3:04 left before halftime.
Punter returner Brandon Banks’s 35-yard return and Jeff King’s facemask penalty on the tackle set up Washington at the Arizona 20 in the final minutes. An eight-yard pass to Gaffney made it third and two from the 12, but on third down, Grossman threw incomplete, and on fourth, the Cardinals blocked a 30-yard field goal try by Gano.
First Quarter: Cardinals 7, Redskins 0
The Cardinals intercepted Rex Grossman on the Redskins’ first two possessions, scoring off the second turnover. Cornerback Richard Marshall got the second interception after wide receiver Anthony Armstrong tipped the ball on a slant.
Marshall returned it 33 yards to the Redskins 37. From there Kevin Kolb completed a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Andre Roberts and a 17-yard scoring toss to backup tight end Jeff King, who beat cornerback Josh Wilson.
King was able to get wide open after the Redskins rolled coverage to the right side of the field, where wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was lined up. With so much attention paid to Fitzgerald, there was virtually no one in King’s area on his pattern to the left flat.
Grossman’s first interception came with Washington at the Cardinals’ 6-yard line on third and goal. The pass was intended for wide receiver Santana Moss, but Moss slipped, and safety Adrian Wilson caught the ball and returned it to the Arizona 19.