Redskins' OT win over Titans works wonders for their locker room

After missing a 47-yard field goal attempt at the end of regulation, Graham Gano converts from 48 yards out to topple Tennessee.
By Mike Wise
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 22, 2010; 12:43 AM

NASHVILLE From Monday Night Massacre to Music City Make-Up, just like that.

If this was "sorry" for six days ago in Landover or last month in Detroit, what genuine amends they were.

If it took nearly a dozen injuries and an assistant coach playfully asking Albert Haynesworth if he could play on the offensive line to produce the most gratifying moment to date of the Mike Shanahan era, Sunday was worth the debilitating physical toll.

Healthy or hurting, the bodies of Washington players who stormed the field won more than an NFL war of attrition in overtime. Donovan McNabb's aging bones didn't just deliver in the two-minute drill like Graham Gano's foot in the clutch.

They didn't merely win a game; they won back belief.

Resilients 19, Titans 16.

Five-and-5 may never feel as good or earned as it does today in Ashburn.

Apology accepted for the recent string of bad play, bruised egos, rotten rumors and the unfortunate return of Cirque Du Soleil to Daniel Snyder's franchise, which, let's be honest, made us question whether or not the culture is indeed being changed by the coach and primary decision-maker from Denver.

Just three weeks ago Wounded-Duck Donovan was dissed in Detroit by My-Way Mike and his son, Hyper-Competitive Kyle, who unknowingly stoked the embers for their own skewering when they gave McNabb the hook for Rex Grossman with less than two minutes to go in a game.

It's been barely six days since Washington's dreadful defense gave up an ungodly 59 points and Jim Haslett all but Fed-Exed Mike Vick's game-worn jersey to Canton by himself.

But winning really is the great deodorant, isn't it? The stench already seems gone.

From Monday Night Massacre to Music City Make-Up, just like that.

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