Redskins come through with a 27-17 win
Sunday, November 15, 2009; 4:11 PM
Behind an offense that finally broke the 17-point ceiling and thanks to a defense that came up with a key turnover, the Washington Redskins snapped a four-game losing streak to down the Denver Broncos 27-17 on Sunday afternoon. The fourth quarter opened with the Redskins driving, and on the first play Jason Campbell hit Malcom Kelly for an 18-yard gain. Ladell Betts followed with a strong 18-yard run, and two Rock Cartwright carries moved the ball to the Denver 15-yard line. That's where the drive stalled, however, as the Redskins were able to move only three more yards and Shaun Suisham hit a 30-yard field goal to tie the game at 17. poll by twiigs.com Denver took over on its own 40-yard line after Suisham hit another kickoff out of bounds, but on first down from the Redskins 46-yard line, Chris Simms went deep to the end zone and was picked off by DeAngelo Hall. Hall returned the ball and pitched it to LaRon Landry to move the Redskins to the 40-yard line, and Washington took over with momentum and a chance to take the lead. For once, the Redskins offense responded. After being sacked on the first play, the Redskins leaned on the run to move the ball. Betts carried for 11 yards on second-and-12 and Cartwright picked up the first down on the next carry. An eight-yard pass to Antwaan Randle El picked up another first down two plays later, and on third-and-3 the Redskins got a huge play from second-year receiver Devin Thomas, who took a short pass and made four would-be tacklers miss en route to a 27-yard gain to the Denver five-yard line. Betts carried on the next three plays, reaching out and getting the ball into the end zone on third and goal from the one-yard line to give the Redskins a 24-17 lead. It was the first time Washington reached the 20-point mark this season and the first time in 11 home games the Redskins scored at least 20 points. Four straight incompletions on Denver's next drive gave the Redskins the ball on the 27-yard line and Shaun Suisham kicked a 35-yard field goal with 1:10 left to extend the lead to 27-17.