Pierre Garcon records career day in win over Chargers

Pierre Garcon (88) recorded seven catches for a career-high 172 yards. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Pierre Garcon (88) recorded seven catches for a career-high 172 yards. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

A week after voicing frustrations over a sputtering passing attack, wide receiver Pierre Garcon had a career day by recording seven catches for 172 yards to help spur the Washington Redskins onto a 30-24 overtime defeat of the San Diego Chargers.

The 172-yard performance marked the most by a Redskins receiver since Santana Moss tallied 178 receiving yards at Detroit in 2009.

It marked the 10th 100-yard game of Garcon’s career and his fourth as a Redskin.

“It feels good to be targeted  feels good to have a chance. They always target me, we just converted on them today and made things happen,” Garcon said.

Garcon also single-handedly topped Washington’s total of 154 passing yards in last week’s loss to Denver. The struggles in the passing game came as a surprise considering the Broncos ranked among one of the worst league against the pass.

Asked what went wrong for the offense, Garcon said, “Shoot. Everything,” wide receiver Pierre Garcon answered when asked to list the problem areas on offense. “We couldn’t run the ball, couldn’t throw the ball. Couldn’t get open, couldn’t catch the ball, couldn’t run the ball. Apparently, everything stopped working.”

Later during the same locker room session, Garcon told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen, “It doesn’t matter if we play the worst team in the league on defense,” he said. “If we suck at passing, we suck at passing.”

Despite the frustrations with the passing attack, Garcon said after the Chargers game that he never lost confidence in himself or his teammates. It did, however, feel good to bounce back in a big way, he said.

“You never have doubt in yourself,” he said with a laugh. “You just have to believe in yourself, believe in the system and believe the guys around you will get the job done.”

Coach Mike Shanahan praised Garcon’s contributions  both in the passing and run game  and said the wide receiver’s comments from a week ago never raised any concern in his mind.

“I think Pierre just speaks his mind. He was a little disappointed after the game,” Shanahan said. “He’s a team player, but he’s been like that since he’s been here. I don’t think people realize what a great blocker he is. I think he’s the best blocker in the National Football League. This guy competes every down and you saw he was determined today to make some plays. Regardless of where the ball was, he’s going to find a way to come down with the ball. And what people miss is exactly how hard he blocks, because you don’t have the yards we have in the running game unless your receivers are really committed to making some plays and playing for each other.”

Through eight games, Garcon has recorded 54 catches for 684 yards and two touchdowns. He ranks fourth in the NFL in catches and 10th in receiving yards. His 89 targets rank third in the NFL behind Cincinnati’s A.J. Green and Tampa Bay’s Vincent Jackson. Garcon is on pace to record 108 receptions for 1,368 yards, which would shatter his previous career highs of 70 catches for 947 yards in 2011 with Indianapolis.

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