Redskins fall to still-perfect Saints in overtime

By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 6, 2009; 5:07 PM

The Washington Redskins have found many ways to lose this season. Sunday, they might have found their most excruciating.

Despite leading by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, the Redskins lost to the New Orleans Saints 33-30 in overtime Sunday at FedEx Field. The Redskins have now lost their past three games by a total of seven points, and the Saints escaped Washington with their perfect record -- now at 12-0 -- still intact.

After the Saints rallied to tie the score and force the extra session, the Redskins won the coin toss, but Mike Sellers fumbled a short pass from Jason Campbell pass just two minutes into overtime. Sellers was initially ruled down on the play, but the Saints successfully challenged the ruling on the field and took over on the Redskins' 37-yard line.

Many fans began filing out of the stadium as the Saints' offense took the field. It took New Orleans eight plays to inch its way down to the goal line. With 8:40 remaining, the Saints faced second-and-goal from the 1-yard line. They trotted out place kicker Garrett Hartley, who hit the winning 18-yard field goal.

"It was a great game," Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said. "It just feels awful to stand up here and be the losing head coach again."

For the Redskins, Campbell finished 30 for 42 for 367 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He had a passer rating 111.9.

For the Saints, Drew Brees was 35-of-49 for 419 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.

The loss marked a breakout game for second-year wide receiver Devin Thomas, who had a career-best 100 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches. Tight end Fred Davis also turned in a good game, finishing with 53 yards and a touchdown -- his second in as many weeks -- on five catches.

The Redskins were led on the ground by Quinton Ganther, who had 46 yards on eight carries. Rock Cartwright had 13 rushes for 39 yards.

The Redskins opened the final quarter leading by seven and were riding the momentum of a 44-yard catch by Antwaan Randle El.

Campbell found Marcus Mason for six yards, and Mason carried for three to give the Redskins third and one from the 3-yard line, but Mason was stuffed for no gain on a stretch play and Washington settled for Shaun Suisham's 21-yard field goal to take a 30-20 lead with 12:51 to play.

" I was thinking we were sitting pretty good in the game," Zorn said. "The probem playing defense in that sitaution is [that] it's hard to stop that offense when they are throwing every time. They protected Drew well, and he did a masterful job getting them downfield."

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