Redskins beat Bears, 17-14; DeAngelo Hall ties NFL record with 4 interceptions
Monday, October 25, 2010; 12:51 AM
CHICAGO - With their outstanding work completed, cornerback DeAngelo Hall and defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth celebrated briefly together late Sunday afternoon while the Washington Redskins' offense finished a 17-14 victory over the Chicago Bears.
The close friends definitely were entitled.
Hall tied the NFL record with four interceptions - including one that resulted in a 92-yard go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter - and Haynesworth dominated the Bears' offensive line, providing the biggest contributions in Washington's superb defensive performance before 62,155 at Soldier Field.
"DeAngelo . . . DeAngelo was incredible," inside linebacker and defensive captain London Fletcher said. "I mean, four interceptions, and one for a touchdown when they're driving on us, you can't say enough about that. And Albert, he played some major football for us today. I told the big fella, he played some dominant football for us."
Often lightning rods for controversy during their brief careers with the franchise, Hall and Haynesworth had - by far - their best performances in Redskins uniforms in leading the defense's six-takeaway outing. Washington last had six takeaways on Jan. 1, 2006, against the Philadelphia Eagles.
All of Hall's interceptions came in the game's final 24 minutes. The two-time Pro Bowler helped the Redskins (4-3) overcome a four-point halftime deficit and match their win total from last season. Hall also scored Washington's only touchdown in the season-opening victory over the Cowboys when he stripped running back Tashard Choice and returned the fumble 32 yards as time expired in the first half.
The seven-year veteran, who has a team-leading five interceptions, became the first Redskins defensive player to score two defensive touchdowns in a season since Andre Collins (two interception returns) accomplished the feat in 1994. Hall has two defensive touchdowns in a season for the first time in his career.
"It's not necessarily big for me, man, but it's big for this defense," said Hall, who has been slowed by a back problem. "You go out and look at the stats, man, we don't look too good on paper. But you watch us play live, man, we come out there and we're flying around. We're trying to hit guys. . . . I guarantee everybody that comes against our defense is definitely thinking twice about catching any balls, running any balls, running any routes, because we're going to try to bring it to them."
Hall made spectacular plays on his four interceptions - including a sensational one-handed grab before racing 92 yards along the sideline for a touchdown - to torment Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who accounted for five of the Bears' six turnovers, with four interceptions and a lost fumble in the second half.
Even after Hall intercepted two passes in the third and had the momentum-changing touchdown, the Bears determined there was "no reason to shy away from him," said Cutler, who finished with a 54.3 quarterback rating. "That's hard for me to say after throwing four picks to a guy. Still, if we had to play them tomorrow, I'd still go after him every time if we could."
And then there was Haynesworth, who sat out the previous two games after the death of his younger brother, Lance McCoy, in a motorcycle accident.
In a display unfamiliar to the Redskins, the two-time all-pro player played at a level he had shown previously with the Tennessee Titans. Haynesworth, who had his first sack of the season, repeatedly collapsed the pocket, often while occupying multiple blockers. He had two tackles for losses and two quarterback hits.