The Washington Redskins 2002 Season Recap
Compiled by Dan Hargett
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Web Posted: Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, 2:05 p.m. EST
R E G U L A R S E A S O N
Week 1: Redskins 31, Arizona Cardinals 23
The Steve Spurrier era got off to an auspicious start at FedEx Field as the Redskins clicked on all cylinders to open the season with an impressive victory over their former NFL Eastern Division foes.
Week 2: Philadelphia Eagles 37, Redskins 7
A pepper spray incident that marred an eight-minute stretch of the fourth quarter was not enough to alter the outcome or overshadow the debacle that produced an embarrassing blowout loss before a national television audience.
Week 3: San Francisco 49ers 20, Redskins 10
With quarterback Jeff Garcia and many of the 49ers suffering from a stomach virus, it was the Redskins who were left ill as a porous defense surrendered 252 yards rushing while their offense came up lame with just 217 total yards.
Week 4: Bye Week
Week 5: Redskins 31, Tennessee Titans 14
Rookie Patrick Ramsey replaced an injured Danny Wuerffel after just one series and had a banner afternoon, going 20-of-34 for 268 yards and two touchdowns as the Redskins earned their most surprising win of the season.
Week 6: New Orleans Saints 43, Redskins 27
First-time starter Patrick Ramsey tossed three first-quarter interceptions and was sacked seven times and the Redskins' special teams were victimized by a former beer truck driver for two return touchdowns on an afternoon so rancid that coach Steve Spurrier openly questioned his team's desire.
Week 7: Green Bay Packers 30, Redskins 9
LaVar Arrington knocked Packers' quarterback Brett Favre out of the game early in the third quarter, but the undisciplined Redskins threw opportunity out the window with a horrific number of gaffes and mental errors that produced six fumbles, 11 penalties and six sacks of raw quarterback Patrick Ramsey.
Week 8: Redskins 26, Indianapolis Colts 21
The Redskins raced to an early 20-0 lead and got four field goals from James Tuthill on an ESPN Sunday evening broadcast and held on for a tight victory on a night when the Redskins honored the 70 greatest players in team history.
Week 9: Redskins 14, Seattle Seahawks 3
Running back Kenny Watson made his first NFL start memorable by running for 110 yards on 23 carries, but Marvin Lewis's defense did the heavy lifting this afternoon with four sacks, two forced fumbles and a handful of big plays.
Week 10: Jacksonville Jaguars 26, Redskins 7
A two-game winning streak came to a screeching halt as the Redskins played pitch-and-catch instead of running the ball against one of the NFL's worst run defenses and Jacksonville made Steve Spurrier's Florida homecoming one to forget.
Week 11: New York Giants 19, Redskins 17
The Redskins managed just 166 yards of total offense in the slop and muck of the Meadowlands but the sputtering Redskins still had a chance at victory until James Tuthill's 42-yard field goal attempt was blocked to cement the defeat.
Week 12: Redskins 20, St. Louis Rams 17
LaVar Arrington and the defense came to the rescue as Arrington forced a game-turning fumble with a clutch sack of Rams' quarterback Kurt Warner deep inside Redskins' territory with less than 20 seconds to go as the home team snapped a two-game losing streak.
Week 13: Dallas Cowboys 27, Redskins 20
Thanksgiving afternoon started out as a dream but ended in nightmare fashion once again as the Redskins blew a 20-10 halftime lead and essentially fell out of the playoff chase with another ugly debacle against the Cowboys.
Week 14: New York Giants 27, Redskins 21
Five fumbles, six sacks and an interception were not quite enough to bury the sloppy Redskins, but a key play by a former teammate ultimately did them in as the Giants swept the season series for the first time since the 1995 season.
Week 15: Philadelphia Eagles 34, Redskins 21
Their final appearance at the dilapidated cesspool known as Veterans Stadium was largely forgettable as the Redskins fell behind by 24 points and said their unofficial farewells to Stephen Davis, who left with a dislocated right shoulder after fumbling on the game's second play.
Week 16: Redskins 26, Houston Texans 10
Running backs Kenny Watson and Ladell Betts, filling in for the injured Stephen Davis, stole the spotlight from a battle of rookie quarterbacks and first-round picks Patrick Ramsey and David Carr by each running for more than 100 yards as the Redskins owned the expansion Texans.
Week 17: Redskins 20, Dallas Cowboys 14
The legendary career of the longest-running Redskin came to a victorious conclusion as Darrell Green bid an emotional farewell to the hometown faithful while the Redskins fought through mistake after maddening mistake to halt a 10-game losing streak to their once bitter rivals.
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