Redskins continue to believe goal-line stand could turn around season


Brandon Meriweather and others stop Danny Woodhead on first down during a goal-line sequence that helped win the Chargers game. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Washington Redskins players continue to contend that their defense’s goal-line stand at the end of regulation in Sunday’s overtime triumph over the San Diego Chargers at FedEx Field might serve as a springboard to bigger things for the team this season.

“It can,” linebacker Brian Orakpo said. “It can really help — huge momentum. That game was obviously a must-win for us to stay alive, stay in the picture. One game like that, just all of a sudden now everybody is riding with the Redskins again. Guys are right back in it, just one game.

“From that one stand, that’s where it started from. It’s very rare where you see situations like that where you can stop a team first and [goal], and able to just hold them to a field goal and go into overtime. It was huge to give us some momentum leading into the future of the season.”

The Redskins stopped the Chargers on three plays from the 1-yard line in the final minute of regulation Sunday after a would-be go-ahead touchdown by San Diego was overturned on an instant-replay review. The Chargers settled for a tying field goal and the Redskins won with a touchdown on the opening drive in overtime.

The Redskins will take a 3-5 record into Thursday night’s game at Minnesota.

What’s ahead:

● The Redskins make final preparations, then travel to Minnesota before Thursday night’s game.

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Post Sports Live’s bold predictions for Thursday night:

The Post Sports Live crew offers bold predictions for what will happen when the Redskins face the Vikings on Thursday night in Minnesota. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)
Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.

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