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The Washington Redskins won’t have to wait long to see whether the 30-24 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers marks a turning point in their season or was merely a blip. They have a quick turnaround this week, with a game Thursday night against the Vikings in Minnesota and at least one member of their team thinks today’s win is something the 3-5 team can build on.
“Just the way we won the game, I think that can be a turning point for us,” Robert Griffin III said. “It’s definitely a team-bonding type game where you can come closer together. Guys will enjoy it tonight, then we’ve got to get back ready to go Thursday [in] a quick turnaround. It’s something that we enjoy and we relish. Every game’s a must-win for us.”
Especially with the NFC East still up for grabs.
Thanks for joining us today…we’ll see you Thursday night.
Robert Griffin III addressed a number of things, including Pierre Garcon’s comments about the passing game earlier in the week, but first he had the Redskins’ defense on his mind.
“First, let’s talk about what the defense did at the end of the game, with that goal-line stand. That gave us the opportunity to go out there in overtime and have a chance to win. It was definitely a team win. [The] defense stepped up big. I’m sittin’ there praying to Jesus — they came through for us and he came through for us. That was amazing and a great feeling. Everybody can win blowout games or lose, but whenever you can win a team game like that in overtime, there’s a certain special feeling you get. It was great.”
There had been a fair amount of criticism and talk during the week about the team’s struggles. RGIII was not bothered by it, he said.
“You’ve just got to let that stuff run its course. Everybody’s looking for somebody to point the finger at and what we talk about in our locker room is making sure we stay together. Nothing else matters, so forget all the chatter. That’s what I tell the guys.”
Garcon caught seven passes for 172 yards and Griffin said he though the wide receiver, like everybody else, felt some pressure.
“Pierre did a great job stepping up big for us, made the catches that were there and made some catches that not many people can make. He definitely stepped up and the rest of the receivers followed his lead.”
Brian Orakpo had five tackles today and, mercifully, his name was rarely mispronounced on the broadcast.
He told CSN Washington’s Tarik El-Bashir that the goal-line stand just before the end of regulation “was huge for our defense, man. I mean, it was first-and-one on the goal line. You don’t really see a lot of situations where you come out and get a three-and-out. I remember London [Fletcher] and Barry [Cofield] and the rest of the guys preaching to each other ‘they do not cross this line, man.’ Everybody just took it upon themselves to play their assignment, play with intensity, play physical. It was one of the best moments I’ve been a part of as a Redskin for the defense to go down there and handle our business.”
Darrel Young had a hat trick, with three touchdowns in the 30-24 win. He carried five times for 12 yards along the way.
“D.Y. does a heck of a job for us,” Mike Shanahan said, “on special teams, as a fullback, he can actually go in there and work as a tight end. We run so many running plays where our halfback, and he’s a blocker, they lose him. To put in that situation says a lot about our running game, our offensive line and D.Y. does have the skills to make people miss. That doesn’t happen very often when you give it to the fullback down there and he finds a way to get it in three different times. But it didn’t surprise me.”
It took an overtime, but the Redskins improved to 3-5 with a 30-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers heading into a short week with a game Thursday against the Minnesota Vikings.
“I told the team afterwards that we needed to play 60 minutes. I didn’t know it was going to be longer than that.”
“For our guys to step up — our defense — when it didn’t look very good –first-and-goal from the 1 with two timeouts gives you a little idea of the character and the mindset that they had. I’m really proud of them for stepping up and making those plays.”
Shanahan was fairly giddy about getting the challenge of the Danny Woodhead touchdown right, particularly after losing a timeout earlier in the game. He’s 3-of-5 on those now.
“I didn’t think there was any question about it [the reversal on the TD," he said, "but I didn't think there was any question on the one we lost, too, so that kind of gives you an idea where I'm at."
The Redskins hung in there and hung on, a fact that Shanahan brought up.
"[A win like this] tells your guys that anything’s possible if you don’t give up. … I feel very good about our guys. They worked extremely hard. We let some opportunities sneak away from us. We had a chance to put it away and we didn’t, but we kept on fightin’ and found a way to get it done. That just shows you a lot about who we are, guys fighting for 60-plus minutes.”
Darrel Young for the win. 1-yard TD. Redskins beat the Chargers, 30-24, in overtime.
Nobody will have any issues with the fourth-quarter play-calling this week.
Stay tuned to the blog, Cindy Boren will post the postgame news conferences.
Fullback Darrel Young’s third one-yard touchdown run of the game has delivered Washington a dramatic 30-24 win overtime against San Diego. The Chargers did not get a chance to have the ball in the extra period since the Redskins scored on their first possession of overtime.
Washington is churning out first downs behind the legs of tailback Alfred Morris, and Robert Griffin III and Jordan Reed also connected to convert a third-and-eight. A holding call on center Will Montgomery pushed Washington back to San Diego’s 43-yard line, but then Griffin III threaded the ball through a few Chargers defenders for a completion to Pierre Garcon.
An additional unnnecessary roughness call and another big run by Morris has Washington inside San Diego’s 10-yard line. A touchdown here would win it.
A fan base is adamantly questioning their coach’s fourth-quarter play call, and this time it’s not the Redskins. (Or at least not JUST the Redskins…)
Chargers fans are not pleased with their play calling in what one run and two futile pass plays turned into a Washington “goal line stand:”
At least for now it is.
San Diego has tied the score at 24 after a 19-yard field goal by San Diego’s Nick Novak with three seconds left on the clock, but the Chargers had first and goal at the 1-yard line and couldn’t score a touchdown
On first down, Washington’s defensive front stopped Woodhead for no gain on first down. On second down, Phillip Rivers couldn’t convert a fade route to Antonio Gates on second down with DeAngelo Hall in coverage. Then on third down, a pass to Keenan Allen sailed incomplete
After the review, officials ruled Washington cornerback David Amerson tackled Danny Woodhead just short of the goal line. San Diego now has the ball at the 1 yard line with 21 seconds to go.
But the Chargers get the ball inside the 1 with 21 seconds left and two timeouts. It’s first and goal.
Danny Woodhead may have scored the go-ahead touchdown with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He reached for the pylon on a seven-yard reception and officials initially ruled it a touchdown. The play is currently under review.
This Woodhead touchdown will be reviewed, and may be overturned.
This all happened moments after Dallas scored to take the lead in Minnesota. So a good day for Redskins fans potentially just got a lot worse.
Keenan Allen is just having a field day on Washington’s secondary here late. The Redskins secondary, particularly David Amerson, are giving him huge cushions and plenty of space to move around. A puzzling strategy, for sure.
San Diego has now moved the ball inside Washington’s 10-yard line with 29 seconds to go. The Redskins lead 24-21.
Facing fourth-and-two, San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers hit a wide open Keenan Allen for a 22-yard catch. Big time coverage breakdown by the Redskins secondary, and a better throw could have made the situation even worse.
Rivers has engineered 15 fourth-quarter comebacks and 18 game-winning drives during his NFL career. The Chargers have the ball at Washington’s 47-yard line after a false start penalty. Washington leads 24-21 with 1:18 to go.
Robert Griffin III hit wide receiver Pierre Garcon for a couple clutch catches, including another amazing one-handed grab by Garcon as he was falling to the turf. But facing third-and-three near midfield, Griffin’s pass to Garcon sailed on him and Washington was forced to punt.
San Diego started at its own eight yard line and completions to Eddie Royal and Danny Woodhead mean the Chargers have the ball at the 37 yard line as we hit the two-minute warning. Washington still leads, 24-21.
San Diego wide receiver Keenan Allen just gave fellow Greensbor, N.C., native David Amerson a dose of reality. After Amerson ended the Chargers last drive with an interception, Allen beat Amerson off the line of scrimmage and quarterback Phillip Rivers found him for a 16-yard touchdown pass.
San Diego’s scoring drive was aided by a failed challenge from Washington and a horse collar penalty by linebacker London Fletcher that gave the Chargers an extra 15 yards.
Washington’s lead has now been trimmed to 24-21 with four minutes, 10 seconds remaining in regulation.
No, it’s not Redskins. Yes, I know it’s the fourth quarter. But Adrian Peterson’s touchdown run was absolutely spectacular. Plus — and this is a big plus in the wide open NFC East — it gives Minnesota a fourth-quarter lead over the Cowboys. Check it out:
San Diego tailback Danny Woodhead caught a pass in the flat near his own 30 yard line and the ball appeared to come loose following a dual hit by linebacker Perry Riley and cornerback DeAngelo Hall that knocked Woodhead’s helmet off.
Woodhead was initially ruled down by contact and Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan challenged the call. After a lengthy review, the play stood.
San Diego currently has the ball at its own 46 with less than six minutes remaining in regulation. Washington still leads, 24-14.
David Amerson’s interception — which is allowing, as Chelsea points out, the Redskins to run the ball and protect a fourth-quarter lead for the first time in a while — was a subtly skilled bit of cornerback play.
Keenan Allen’s route broke in, and Amerson stayed a step ahead — sort of over the top him and in front — and he broke on the Philip Rivers throw. He was able to pick the ball off and not draw an interference call because of his body position, because he was enough ahead of Allen to drive on the ball and go get it without having to go through or over the receiver. A stronger or more skilled receiver might have used his body to shield Amerson, but as it was, it was a very good interception because of technique as well as athletic ability.
The pick led to a field goal that put Washington up 24-14 with 6:59 left.
After watching his first two field goal attempts get blocked Sunday, Redskins placekicker Kai Forbath just delivered Washington a two-score cushion.
Forbath nailed a 47-yard field goal following cornerback David Amerson’s interceptions. The Redskins now lead San Diego, 24-14, with seven minutes, six seconds remaining in regulation. One more stop by Washington’s defense might be enough to clinch this one.
At least more than last week…
The Redskins got a little lucky when San Diego wide receiver Keenan Allen dropped an easy reception that would have been a first down, but I’m guessing Washington fans will take it. The Redskins offense is back on the field with a 21-14 lead and under 13 minutes to go. Can they ice this one away?
Washington just capped off a dominating third quarter by grabbing its first lead of the game in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Fullback Darrel Young scored from one yard out for his second touchdown of the day to put the Redskins ahead 21-7 with 14:17 to go in the fourth quarter.
It ended a 79-yard drive that took close to eight minutes of game action. Washington controlled the ball for all 12 minutes, 29 seconds in the third quarter and now have four drives of at least 67 yards today.
Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson had several clutch grabs in this sequence, including a big catch with Washington facing a third-and-six on the 19-yard line
Griffin is not only looking for his wide receivers more, he’s hitting them in stride and allowing some more room for yards after the catch. Last week against Denver, Washington’s wideouts combined for 11 catches and 76 yards. With 14 minutes remaining in regulation against San Diego, they have combined for 10 catches for 165 yards.
Not to revisit bad memories, but here’s a telling picture of Robert Griffin III trying to tackleLawrence Guy and strip the ball from Sean Lissemore after throwing that absurd interception in the endzone in the first half.
The Redskins offense is orchestrating another long drive here in the third quarter, with Robert Griffin III finding wide Pierre Garcon in stride a couple times. But Griffin’s most spectacular play came when he leaped through two San Diego defenders and landed on his back for a first down.
It’s got to be nerve-wracking every time Griffin seeks contact like that, but it worked in this instance.
A leaping one-handed grab by wide receiver Pierre Garcon as he was being interfered with and an option pitch from Robert Griffin III to wide receiver Santana Moss helped put Washington back in a tie game against San Diego with less than 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
Redskins fullback Darrel Young scored on a one-yard touchdown run to cap off a nine-play, 74-yard drive that evened the score at 14 at FedEx Field. After his spectacular 38-yard reception, Garcon now leads all receivers with a game-high 81 receiving yards.
In the first half, Jordan Reed got a carry on a play where he came around behind the formation. Santana Moss, in the third quarter just now, took one on an option. A Darrel Young touchdown, and a 14-all tie followed soon after.
Garcon overcomes pass interference, reaches around his defender, tips it with one hand, than pulls it into his body with his right hand — all while falling. Not bad, and a first down to boot.
Morris runs for ten yards and a first down. On the next play, Redskins go to him again. He gets nowhere, and Chris Chester holds. One step forward, ten yards back.
The good news: the Redskins are somehow, miraculously, only down by seven points after that half. The bad news: it required a miracle to be down just seven to the Chargers at halftime.
(before the kick was blocked)
Washington heads to the locker room down 14-7 to San Diego at halftime.
The Redskins were in position to narrow the deficit after getting into position to attempt a 59-yard field goal with the clock winding down. But placekicker Kai Forbath had his second kick of the day blocked, this time by San Diego defensive lineman Cory Liuget.
After two quarters, Washington is winning the yardage battle, 193-191. Griffin is 10 of 15 for 112 yards passing with one interception. His counterpart, Phillip Rivers, has completed 13 of his 18 passes for 135 yards, one touchdown and one interception
Virginia Tech and Westfield High alum Eddie Royal has given San Diego a 14-7 lead with 42 seconds remaining in the first half. Royal took a wide receiver screen 15 yards for a touchdown on a really well-blocked play. It appeared quarterback Phillip Rivers changed the play call at the line of scrimmage before the snap.
If you want to be even more annoyed, I’ll remind you that Royal could have been on the Redskins right now. He nearly signed a two-year deal with Washington before last season.
Seems most people believe that offensive pass interference call on Keenan Allen — which nullified what would have been a four-yard catch — was “offensive” in multiple senses of the word:
Looks like people approve:
Interesting insight from San Diego columnist Kevin Acee:
We’re at the two-minute warning here in the first half. San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers narrowly escaped a sack on third and 10 to convert a first down pass to wide receiver Keenan Allen. The Chargers have the ball past midfield as the clock winds down.
A Boz musing:
Brandon Meriweather, playing again after serving his one-game suspension, went in low on a tackle…just as he’d promised…on Danny Woodhead. Meriweather was suspended for helmet-to-helmet hits and vowed to aim for the knees instead.
Washington has tied the score at seven with San Diego after an impressive 67-yard drive following E.J. Biggers’s interception.
Running back Alfred Morris was the catalyst, picking up 26 yards on one run and then bursting into the end zone from five yards out the very next play. Before that, Morris had been limited to just one yard on his first six carries of the game.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III also had a nice 23-yard pitch-and-catch with wide receiver Leonard Hankerson to get the drive kick-started. Griffin is now 9 of 12 for 99 yards. Washington has piled up 153 total yards and nine first downs thus far.
Washington finally caught a break. San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers and his wide receiver had some sort of miscommunication and Rivers lofted a ball directly to Redskins safety E.J. Biggers.
He returned the ball to Washington’s 48-yard line, but cornerback DeAngelo Hall was called for a personal foul following a post-whistle scrum between several players on both teams. Redskins still trail San Diego, 7-0, with 7:20 left before halftime.
Washington didn’t have much to offer when it came back on the field after that crazy defensive touchdown. The Redskins went three-and-out, including a pass on third-and-five in which wide receiver Aldrick Robinson ran a four-yard route.
Yes, this just happened:
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With Washington backed up at its half-yard line following a penalty, San Diego somehow orchestrated one of the stranger defensive touchdowns you’ll ever see.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III dropped back to pass and San Diego defensive end Lawrence Guy, who also blocked Kai Forbath’s field goal in the first quarter, tipped the throw despite a solid block by Washington right tackle Tyler Polumbus.
The ball then bounced off the back of Chargers defensive tackle Cam Thomas and landed in the waiting arms of fellow defensive lineman Sean Lissemore in the end zone for a San Diego touchdown. So the Redskins now trail 7-0 with 11:26 to go before halftime.
San Diego has gained 77 combined yards on two drives thus far, but Washington’s defense has stood tall as soon as the Chargers passed midfield both times. But another good punt by punter Mike Scifres means the Redskins offense will be forced to start at its own 1-yard line again.
A quick first quarter is in the books. Washington and San Diego remain scoreless after Washington’s 25-yard field attempt was blocked. Robert Griffin III is 6 of 8 for 69 yards and converted three third downs of six yards or more on the Redskins’ opening possession.
And Redskins’ nation is not pleased — but not surprised, either. General consensus: this does not bode well.
It was an inauspicious start for Robert Griffin III as he missed badly on his first pass of the game, throwing behind a wide open Pierre Garcon on Washington’s first offensive play of the game. Then things got worse once he led the Redskins on a 16-play, 92-yard drive that took more than nine minutes.
After the Redskins drove all the way to San Diego’s seven-yard-line, Redskins place kicker Kai Forbath had a 25-yard field goal attempt blocked by Chargers defensive lineman Lawrence Guy.
So apparently 1937 burgundy isn’t the same as 2013 burgundy, because the combination of these 2013 helmets with the 1937-inspired jerseys is not a good one.
Don’t take my word for it…:
Washington’s defense stiffened at midfield, with linebacker Brian Orakpo drawing a false start penalty on San Diego tight end Antonio Gates. Orakpo and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan were very active on that first drive.
Gates, meanwhile, looked like he alligator-armed a potential third-down catch with safety Brandon Merriweather bearing down over the middle. A good punt by San Diego has the Redskins pinned at their own 1-yard line.
San Diego’s offense is on the field first. QB Phillip Rivers has the Chargers past midfield after a nifty back shoulder throw to RB Danny Woodhead.
This week’s? A Julius Peppers, Clinton Portis combination. These jerseys always beg the question for me: are these people buying two different NFL replica jerseys, cutting them, and sewing them together? Because you have to wonder where the burgundy/sky blue “Peptis” jersey falls in that effort versus payoff analysis…
No word on whether or not the Redskins can get these made into uniform style pants for next year’s homecoming, but we can only hope that’s in the works:
It’s not quite San Diego weather, but looks like Landover’s welcoming the Chargers with a sunny and brisk fall day. Oh and RGIII’s warming up:
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III warms before a NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
At least two of the sons of Kory and Mandi Lichtensteiger are on the field at FedEx.
With an hour still before kickoff, here are some Redskins links to pass the time:
“To be honest, man, you’ve just got to go low now, man. You’ve got to end people’s careers, you know? You’ve got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees now. You can’t hit them high no more. You’ve just got to go low.”
Thoughtful, intellectual and analytical guy that Meriweather is, FOX dedicated an entire segment today to his thoughts on the new hitting trends resulting from the rules (sorry for the blur…).
Shocked to see the word “merit” and Brandon Meriweather’s name in a graphic in a sentence that didn’t read “does Brandon Meriweather’s helmet-to-helmet hit merit a suspension, we tuned in to hear the end of what Mike Pereira had to say. General idea: the new rules are, indeed, changing the trajectory of major hits.
Does that make Meriweather right…?
The NFL’s certainly making some serious money off him either way, as Michael Irvin pointed out on NFL Network.
Washington will wear their 1937-inspired throwback jerseys in today’s homecoming game against the Chargers.
Last time the Redskins wore these was last year’s homecoming game against the Panthers. Washington lost that game to a Carolina team that was a little fired up by being the choice for a homecoming matchup.
The Redskins didn’t trade tight end Fred Davis before Tuesday’s deadline, but, for the third straight game, he is inactive today.
As this somewhat choppy Vine from the Redskins’ official Twitter account shows, Washington honored over 120 former players before Sunday’s game against the Chargers.
Bobby Mitchell’s on hand (1962-68, HOF ’83):
All the alums celebrated the 25th anniversary of the team’s Super Bowl XXII win last night.
With Dan Snyder:
The San Diego Chargers spent Saturday touring that big building on the hill, the one with the dome. (Hint: they were the guys in blue. Also, many of them were enormous.)
According to ESPN, the team has added added security behind the Redskins bench today in case protests about the team’s nickname occur inside FedEx Field. The report showed two Prince George’s County law-enforcement officers on the field as warmups were about to begin.
The Redskins, however, denied the report.
Groups have protested at several of the team’s road games and last week NFL executives (but not Commissioner Roger Goodell) met with Oneida Nation representatives about the nickname.
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