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Redskins vs. Jaguars: Redskins put up an honorable effort in victory over Jaguars

An interception by Kevin Barnes sets up Graham Gano's game-winning field goal.

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Monday, December 27, 2010; 12:00 AM

JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

Rob Jackson, Joe Joseph, Darrion Scott, Macho Harris, Byron Westbrook, Vonnie Holliday, Chris Wilson and Kevin Barnes led the defense in the Washington Redskins' 20-17 overtime victory against the playoff-hungry Jacksonville Jaguars here Sunday.

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You had that, right?

Of course, you didn't. Even the Redskins themselves didn't see this coming.

"Some of these guys who helped us win today were sitting at home on their sofas last week watching the game on TV," said Holliday, a 13-year defensive line vet.

Along with backup linebacker Wilson, Holliday blasted Jags quarterback David Garrard just as Garrard threw a crucial pass on the first series of overtime, inducing a fluttering post-Christmas gift of an interception that landed right in Barnes's arms.

When your season is one long soap opera of disappointments and the other team is still fighting for the postseason; when the wind chill is below freezing - in Florida - and you wonder why your job takes you away from home on Christmas, you need anything you can find for inspiration.

The Redskins looked at each other and found it in themselves.

"The key word is professionalism," said linebacker London Fletcher. "We'd like to be 9-6, not 6-9, but that's not our reality. We get an opportunity to play on Sunday with the man next to us. We go out and fight for each other.

"Oh, and we have great captains," added Fletcher, a co-captain, laughing.

At that, the linebacker's whole corner of the locker room erupted in insults directed at the popular former Pro Bowler. "Just kiddin', guys," he said.

The idea of the Redskins bursting out in laughter and camaraderie after their 15th game of a season filled with bad blood and open wounds seems hard to fathom. But pros, the best of them, have their own codes. As Fletcher was teased, just 10 feet away stood Donovan McNabb, demoted to third-string quarterback this week. But he was grinning and mocking, too. He'll just be doing things the classy, team-oriented way somewhere else next year, maybe on a squad that makes the playoffs while the Redskins are still in early-to-mid-rebuilding mode.


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